With only a two day window, you are kinda limited.
As the previous poster said, Michigan City is the typical choice for those sailing out of Chicago.
Other choices are:
Racine, (Racine is a little further and has outstanding faculities.)
New Buffalo, (Nice little Municipal Marina) (They take resrevations through the State of Michigan)
St. Joes.. (I like the West Basin Marina, but it is a hike to town from there.)
If you have more time, I would use it and explore places like
South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven, White Lake, etc.
The list is long.
Take the Manitou Passage and don't forget to stop at Beaver Island.
These trips will have to wait untill you have some serious cruising time.
One of the problems with boating out of Chicago is that you are somewhat removed from cruising ports. I sailed out of Monroe for over 28 years. I know, its a little difficult to make the typical weekend cruise from there. Thats why everybody ends up going to Michigan City. Its about 40 NM's from Monroe. (If I remember correct)
From Belmont, probably about 45 or so.
Have a great trip.
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Last edited by sailortjk1; 09-14-2007 at 03:27 PM.