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Chicago Area 27' Slip Recommendations

I am planning to purchase a used 27' boat in the near future and I am looking at slip possibilities in the Chicago area. I am about 1 hour from Belmont and 1 1/2 hours from South Port in Kenosha, WI. I have only sailed out of these two marinas. Water and electricity are optional. I am mainly interested in a good price and a decent marina.

If you have a recommendation for the best value in between those two points I would love to hear them.
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Slips in Chicago are at 100% capacity at present.
There is a long waiting list for those trying to get slips.
Many end up taking a mooring in Monroe Harbor or Jackson Park Outer Harbor just to get into the Park districts system, and than wait until a slip is available. The wait can be several years.

The closing of Hammond Marina also has put a bunch of new boaters into the Chicago system.

They have been talking for 2 -3 years now about expanding the system, but to date, they have not started. If they start today, it will still be at least two years before anything opens up, and those currently on the waiting list would have the first opportunity to get in.
The prices in Chicago are also extremely high. As much as two thousand more per season for a comparable slip in another harbor.

You have some great marina's up by you.
Racine is very nice and only about 75% full. Very Nice facilities and a pool as well.
We really enjoyed our stay there. Walking distance to town and shopping. I highly recommend checking it out.

Winthrop Harbor, (I've only been there once.) Nice, but very big. You almost need a car to get from one side to the other. Still a great marina and with Skipper Bud's right there you have a yard available for repairs etc.

Have not been to Kenosha, but I understand they rebuilt it a couple of years ago. Looks nice in my cruising guide.

Same for Waukegan. Looks nice in the cruising guide. I don't care for the view though. Kind of in an industrial setting.

You have some nice harbors on the border of Ill and Wisconsin all the way from Milwaukee South. But I don't think your chances are very good for a slip in Chicago. Even the cans are becoming hard to get. Give them a call, see what they say. If you need phone numbers I can get them for you.

Here is a link to an article found on the Poor Man's Yacht Club of Monroe Harbor. The home page has details on the harbor improvements.

And the link to Chicago Harbors.

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I'm at the Great Lakes Naval base marina, which does allow civilians to lease mooringsand slips, as well as offers storage. Best prices in the area, per foot.

Also, I personally like Waukegan as well.
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There are also slips available on the Root River at Racine, WI.
Slips are less expensive than on the lake but you have to go past 1 or
2 lift bridges to get out. West Shore Marine, Pugh's and Racine
Riverside have facilities. Single hand docking can be a challenge
when current and wind are against you.
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