Chicago Park District Opens Newest Harbor At 31st St. and Kicks Of In-Water Boat Show

Marta Juaniza, 312-742-4798 Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, 312-742-4786

Representatives from the Chicago Park District, elected officials and dozens boat enthusiasts kicked off the grand opening of Chicago’s 10th harbor at 31st St. this morning.  The ceremony also marked the opening of the Chicago In-Water Boat Show, Chicago’s only in-water boat show today through Sunday.

“We welcome Chicagoans and visitors alike to take in stunning views of the lake and skyline from this magnificent harbor whose many features include the beach and a new playground,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.

The $103 million harbor was funded entirely by boater fees and not tax payer dollars.  In addition, it offers the community a beautiful green public space with shaded picnic areas, as well as a state-of-the-art playground that boasts a climbing wall and public art.

The new harbor features 1,000 floating slips, which will reduce the wait list for a slot at one of Chicago’s harbors.  The new harbor has room for boats that measure up to 200′ and the slips have power, water and cable TV.

Additional amenities include a fuel dock; indoor parking garage with winter boat storage; harbor store and offices; community room; public fishing dock; public parking on Fort Dearborn plus a remote parking lot; launch ramp; and a huge rubble mound breakwater.

Chicago In-Water Boat Show

31st St. Harbor’s opening coincided with the kick-off of the Chicago In-Water Boat Show, the city’s only in-water boat show running today through Sunday, June 10.  Companies from throughout the Midwest will showcase boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget, as well as the latest in marine gear, accessories and services at this four-day event set on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront.  A wide variety of special features and family-friendly attractions offer something for everyone – from beginning boaters to seasoned sailors.

Visitors and local residents attending the Chicago In-Water Boat Show will have the opportunity to shop hundreds of new boats and marine products. Additionally, there will be unique occasions to experience Lake Michigan as it should be experienced – on-water – through a variety of complimentary courses and activities to kick off summer and enjoy the boating lifestyle.

USCG licensed captains – who are professional instructors certified by the Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA) or the American Sailing Association (ASA) – will also lead hands on workshops.

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