Great Lakes - Chicago by boat...to do?
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07-28-2012, 06:55 PM
Today we made our first boat trip to the Chiago lakefront since moving here. We put in at Diversify harbor and made our way through the locks to the Chicago River. I was a little unimpressed and I'm sure I missed sonmething. We could not find anyplace to dock and eat on the water nor did we find anywhere to dock and visit the city (like they have in Baltimore and many other cities) We've been to the lakefront by land a few times since moving to the area and love it. We were hoping to have a nice day and visit the aquaruim.plantarium or Navy Pier by boat but it appeared that there is no docakge? Please let me know If I missed something or simply didn't know where to go?
Haven't been to Chicago by water in 20 years but back then there was very little to do by water you would think the city council could figure out the money to be made and promote it but it has never happened , Bummer;?
I don't know how big your boat is, but we used to cruise ours down from North Point and dock at Du Sable marina for a couple of days. Lots to do within walking distance from there: Navy Pier, Columbia Yacht Club, restaurants, etc.
07-31-2012, 10:47 AM
You have to get a transient slip at DuSable, Burnham or 31st street harbor. If you live here anyway that would be expensive and a major hassle. Burnham is located right at all the museums, etc. DuSable is across the river from Navy Pier. Jackson Park is at the museum of Science and Industry. But I'd prefer not to have to worry about the boat and just drive or take the train to those. If you want to launch and cruise put in at Northpoint and hit Racine or Milwaukee.