In some European cities like Amsterdam and London, floating hot tub tugboats actually exist and people use them to lazily soak and sip drinks along major urban waterways -- you know, because why the hell not? Fittingly called HotTug, the Netherlands-based company announced it is eying the U.S. for a major expansion in hopes of bringing leisurely hot tub rides to a body of water near you, causing some speculation as to when they'll arrive stateside and where.
Specifically, a months-old blog post titled "Hot Tugs: Chicago launching a hot tub tour?" raised a few eyebrows when it resurfaced online in recent weeks, leading people to wonder if Chicago would be among the first U.S. cities to get the crazy hot tub boats, presumably on the Chicago River, as early as this spring. But it turns out, the highly-polluted Chicago River isn't likely to be the beneficiary of hot tub tugboats anytime soon.
When reached by Thrillist, HotTug said that while they are hoping to bring the boats to the U.S. this year, there are currently no specific plans to launch HotTug boat tours in Chicago.