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I have sailed out of three Chicago harbors.
If you have a chance, go take a look at Winthrop Harbor. I think it is one of the most beautiful marinas in the Chicago land area. Only problem is that it's on the Illinois/Wisconsin border so its quite a distance away.
Waukegan harbor is closer but there is a gypsum plant next to the marina. Its cool to see the freighters come in, but at the same time, the whole industrial aspect of the harbor is an eyesore.
Lately, i have been sailing out of Belmont Harbor, just north of the City. Its also a very nice harbor with slips, mooring balls, and star docks. I believe there is a wait list for the slips, though with the economy being the way it is, you may get lucky.
The issue with Belmont harbor, like many other Chicago harbors is that if you need major repair work done on your boat, you will have to sail it (or get it towed) to Waukagan, Winthrop Harbor, Crowley's on the Chicago river, or the other marine servicing centers around Chicago.
Good luck. Chicago is a beautiful place to sail.
Last edited by turban10; 05-01-2010 at 08:26 AM.