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03-13-2014 09:08 AM
Re: Chicago liveaboards

Chicago is very much into sailing. Check out 31st street and DuSable.

Originally Posted by gypsywomen View Post
thanks for your replies,

My hushband may transfer jobs to Mundelein IL. Same company he works for now but new location. I think it is about 25 miles northwest of chicago. So any liveaboard marinas within driving distance to Mudelein would be good. Friendly is nice
To bad to hear chicago is not so into sailing as much as it is the city life. I was looking at north point marina in winthrop harbor. Not sure about the liveaboard cituation there.
03-13-2014 05:46 AM
Re: Chicago liveaboards

Originally Posted by tejo View Post
Are you still based at Hammond? Just starting a similar search for liveaboard near Chicago!
I lived aboard for a few years in various Great Lakes ports. My advice would be to pull the boat right before the freeze and live on the hard. Bubblers and stuff are great but with a lengthy cold snap they can be rendered useless. Not to mention if heat fails while you're at work you can obviously have problems. At a minus -10 degrees you'll have about an hour before water lines start bursting. I know from experience.

Marinas won't have a policy for living on stilts (or for allowing it) but if you charm a marina manager he/she will likely let it happen.

I'd winterize the boat. Shrink wrap it. And hang weighted tarps from the toe rails to minimize wind sheer against the hull. Makes it much easier to heat. Have your drinking water and stuff aboard but shower in the marina building. One year I got a YMCA membership just so I could shower and I ended up losing pounds since I started working out and swimming. Not bad for a few bucks a month.

Around Chicago there are lots of commercial yards that just might entertain your prospects. But if it's anywhere near where there is tug traffic you'll get crushed. Areas that haven't froze in 25 years got sealed over this year. Any commercial boats running in ice will have no concern for The plastic boat over in the corner. Ice compression is a concern.

Anyway, hope that helps.
06-23-2013 01:30 PM
Re: Chicago liveaboards

Are you still based at Hammond? Just starting a similar search for liveaboard near Chicago!
08-28-2008 04:07 AM
Year Round Liveaboard?

in your last post, you specify "year round". None of the marinas I am aware of in IL are year-round. NorthPoint is April - Oct, sometimes Nov. City of Chicago I believe open May 1.
08-28-2008 02:47 AM
northoceanbeach just our of curiosity, how much does it cost a month to moor on a can in chicago. Sounds like a really fun summer.
08-20-2008 11:39 AM
gypsywomen Thanks again everyone. The farther from the city the better It is nice to know there are year round liveaboard marinas there. I live by lake erie in PA right now. All boats have to be out of the water by October.
08-16-2008 11:55 PM
zaldog Ya know it gets 20+ below zero here in the winter. Brrrrrrrrr! Oh yea and the water freezes, that might be a problem. If you are just wanting to liveaboard during the sailing season Monroe Harbor is your best bet and most affordable, I know cans are available. You will be on a mooring can, but they have a good tender service pizza delivery A Binkys liquor store that will deliver to the marina. You will defiantly want a dinghy, so you don't have to depend on the tender service to get you ashore as well as a good battery charging system. If I didn't have 2 dogs I would liveaboard in the summer I work about 2 blocks away. Chicago Harbors - Westrec Marinas
08-02-2008 12:38 AM
Saunders08 It's about 15 miles south of Chicago, but you might want to check out the Hammond Marina ( After spending some time looking a the surrounding options this is where I wound up. There is a good community here, though my wife and I are some of the few (new) full time liveaboards. They have nice facilities, a beach park and bird sanctuary next store and a helpful staff. You can winter here as well (they have a bubbling system). Downside is that the area is fairly industrial and not close to the city life if you're into that. The South Shore line train station ( is about a 12 minute drive and is a quick (~35 minute) ride to the city center (the loop). I'm writing from the laundry room here... and am pretty happy about it! The party scene is present on the weekends (good folks though, just wild enough to be fun) but weekdays are ours. Good luck!
08-02-2008 12:17 AM
night0wl I understand there are a few marinas upriver on the lake view, industrial setting
07-29-2008 06:37 PM
gypsywomen thank you again, I saw the links and they are very helpful. We will know soon whether the transfer will go threw. Thanks again
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