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I'm in the process of planning a 2 or 3 day round trip leaving Chicago in about 10 days on a 26 foot sailboat. I was wondering if anyone can suggest places to sail to. There will be 4 of us and would like to enjoy either another city's marina, maybe camping on a beach, we're up for anything. I'd even be up for a few of us meeting up and having a small group of boats leaving together. So far we're planning on leaving 9/28 later in the afternoon from Belmont Harbor and would like to be back by 9/30. Suggestions anyone ?





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Which way you going north or south? If south You could make it to Michigan City Ind. If the weather permits, great dunes there, they don't reserve slips so it's a flrst come first serve type of deal. Go to the gas dock and check in with the harbor master or security. You looking at about a 10-12 hour trip there.
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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:
Winthrop Harbor,
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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Another option is to do your cruise in stages.
We did this the last time we were away.

Many of the ports listed above have rail service back to the city (Not all do but many do, so be careful).

We sailed from Holland, Mi to Chicago and left the boat in Chicago for a week while we went back to work. The next weekend we sailed to Michigan City and left the boat there for a week. Than the following weekend sailed back home to Holland.

The big issue people have with this is the cost of the transient slips.
We did have to pay rather large fee's. But right now I could not take time away from work, so it was worth it for us.
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