Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Float On

Uncomplicating the water world that is boating season

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Memorial Day brings with it many great things: white clothing, exposed skin, and the unofficial start of boating season. 

Scrape off the barnacles and get boating with our summer boating dos and don’ts.
 
DO: SOCIALIZE
Sure, boating is about the lake. But it's also about the three Bs: bikinis, booze, and beats. Head to Lake Michigan Playpen, a party cove north of Navy Pier, where the water is calm but the scene is anything but. Drop anchor, tie your boat to one of the dozens you’ll find here any nice weekend, and immediately make friends over cool beers and stereo sounds.
 
DON’T: BE A DOUCHE
Playing club music at acceptable volumes while basking on the sundeck? Cool. Blasting techno so loud they can hear it on the South Side? Not so much. Plus the louder the music, the greater the chances of an unwanted visit by the Coast Guard. And no, Coast Guard jail isn’t any more fun than CPD lockup.
 
DO: EAT
Stop for a snack at one of our favorite spots in all of Chicago: Fullerton Beach Grill, a little-known gem that’s grilling up burgers and hot dogs from a shack the size of the Arrested Development banana stand. Pull up a plastic beach chair, grab a Corona or glass of wine, and enjoy a stunning view facing south towards the skyline.
Opens Friday. 2400 N. Lake Shore Dr.
 
DO: ROCK
See a show at Charter One Pavilion, the city’s only venue you can boat to. Catch jam-centric bands, from Phish to Black Crowes to STS9, in a beautiful lakeside venue on Northerly Island where Meigs Field once stood. Or, if you don’t have a ticket, just drop anchor nearby and listen to the show while dancing on your boat's deck for free.
1300 S. Linn White Drive. (312-540-2668). See schedule here.

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