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The Chicago Boat Show and Prime Boating Spots

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1:50PM

Will you be attending the Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show this weekend? The show, which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place South Hall, will feature the best in powerboats, pontoons, sailboats and RVs. Three of our dealers will be on hand: Gage Marine, Munson Marine and Waterwerks Marine Group.

While Chicago’s temperatures can get pretty low in the wintertime, it’s full of great spots for boaters to look forward to in the coming months. We’ve compiled just a few.

Lake Michigan
Any description of Chicago boating wouldn’t be complete without Lake Michigan! As the closest and perhaps most well-known spot in the area, Lake Michigan offers some of the best waters for Chicago thrill-seekers. Enjoy a sunny day on the lake just offshore from Chicago’s scenic skyline.

Des Plaines River
If prefer a more natural excursion, and are willing to drive a small distance inland, Chicago’s neighboring suburbs might be worth a visit. Des Plaines River, the longest stream in the area, is located in Chicago’s Cook County, and you can get to it with a short drive from the Windy City. Here you’ll find a narrower journey surrounded by trees and populated with boaters of every type—kayakers and power boaters, too.

Tampier Lake
This 140-acre lake is perfect for a family day getaway. Like Des Plaines, Tampier Lake is a quick drive inland and offers opportunities for boating, fishing and hiking. If you’re interested in a more relaxing trip, Tampier Slough is your best bet for a quiet, tranquil fishing experience.

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