That is good news! The stunt Mayor Daley pulled w.r.t. to Meigs airfield was such an outrage in the general aviation community, hopefully there won't be any dirty tricks down the line with regard to boating.
From Wikipedia . . .
In 2001, a compromise was reached between Chicago, the State of Illinois, and others to keep the airport open for the next twenty-five years. However, the federal legislation component of the deal did not pass the United States Senate. In a controversial move on March 30, 2003, Mayor Daley ordered private crews to destroy the runway in the middle of the night, bulldozing large X-shaped gouges into the runway surface. The required notice was not given to the Federal Aviation Administration or the owners of airplanes tied down at the field, and as a result sixteen planes were left stranded at an airport with no operating runway, and an incoming flight was diverted. The stranded aircraft were later allowed to depart from Meigs' 3,000 foot (914 m) taxiway.
12-30-2009 03:57 PM
New marinas approved in Chicago
Great news as the City Council has approved two new marinas totaling more than 1000 slips.
One will be adjacent to Navy Pier (right downtown), will reserve significant space for transient boaters, and construction is expected to start in about 4 months.
The other will be at 31st street which is still pretty close to downtown. The design is done, but I don't know when construction will begin.
I think that one of the most important aspects of the new marinas will be the transient space. Chicago is a great place for daytrips and this will encourage more visitors from other marinas in the Great Lakes!