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Chicago In-Water Boat Show

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When Chicago didn’t land the 2016 Olympics, residents got a nice perk: a needed recreational-boating harbor. Plans for a South Side site were part of the 2016 bid, and when the city lost out on the Games, Chicago Park District forged ahead, completing the 31st Street Harbor in early May. According to the Park District, the $103 million project was funded entirely by boater fees.

The new addition made a dent in the harbor system’s lengthy waiting list, situating 300 boats with room for more. According to Sarah Ryser, National Marine Manufacturers Association’s assistant director of communications, another item on the city’s wish list was an in-water boat show. Now that there’s an ideal place for it—with a large launch ramp and spare slips—the first Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show casts off on Thursday 7.  more...

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