Originally Posted by Coffeeguy
My name is Erich and I currently live in a western suburb of Chicago. My goal is to purchase
a boat next spring (April) and begin the process of moving aboard. My big question at the moment is are there any marinas
that allow live aboards around Chicago. The only one that I have found is in Ottowa on the IL river which is not where I want to be. Plus it is 2 hour drive from my coffee shop. I am open to driving an hour or so for my commute. Any suggestions on where to look would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys and glad there is a community like this to help us newbies.
Well, the thing about Chicago is the water
freezes and it's damn cold. So all the marinas on the lake in the city close in November. If you're in the city, 31st Street Harbor has a great setup for liveaboards in summer, that's where I keep my boat. Newest facility, decent showers, washer/dryer, reasonably quiet too (less than 50% full) except for weekends.
For year round, you may have to look at River City if you can somehow get a slip there, or Hammond Marina used to do winter in-water storage
but not sure if they still do. Good luck, it's not something a lot of people do around here year-round.