Dear Chicago Harbors Boaters,
As we look toward the upcoming 2020 Chicago boating season with excitement and anticipation, we wanted to update you regarding recent health concerns and assure you we will be ready to welcome you back this year.
As you no doubt have heard by now, the recent spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) worldwide has significantly heightened our need to be vigilant about our health and hygiene. Alongside the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Harbors have been monitoring the situation closely and are taking the following precautions to help ensure a safe environment for your boating experience.
- We are monitoring updates and recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease C0ntrol), WHO (World Health Organization), and CDPH (Chicago Department of Public Health) regarding the spread of COVID-19
- Chicago Harbors Offices: Our administration office will be closed effective March 17; however, our office staff will be working remotely and will assist you in any way possible. If you need assistance the office can be reached at 312-741-3601 or by email at email@example.com during our normal business hours Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Most of our forms and resources are readily available at chicagoharbors.com. In addition, payments can be made online or handled through the mail.
- Chicago Harbors Closure: Beginning March 21st, all docks, boat storage facilities, parking lots, launch ramps, and other harbor properties will be closed to the public through April 7 in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order and the resulting Chicago Park District closures. We will keep you updated as this changes. Please note that the Chicago Harbors administration office will still be open, operating remotely.
- Boat Storage Closure: As mentioned above, unfortunately both 31st Street and Montrose Harbor boat storage facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 21 through April 7.
- Delaying Spring Launch: We are delaying the launching of winter storage boats at 31st Street and Montrose until early April pending the lift of the “stay-at-home” order. As the situation changes, we will contact customers with updates.
GENERAL HARBOR UPDATES:
- Harbor Openings: Despite the recent public health situation, the Chicago Harbors are still planning to open on schedule thanks to the mild winter and the hard work of our maintenance crews.
- Extended Boating Season: With our April 15th “early arrivals” window closing in on us, we have received permission from the Chicago Park District to extend the 2020 Chicago Harbors season to November 15th for all customers. Previously only “late leaver” permit holders at Burnham Harbor could stay through that date.
- Payment Due Date: The April 15th due date for final payments for the 2020 season has been extended to May 15th. However, if the boat is brought in prior to May 15th, payment is due in full before the boat is brought into the harbor.
- Individual Harbor Offices. Harbor offices will remain closed until May 1st. Prior to this date, please respect the need for “social distancing” and contact the administration office at 312-741-3601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during our normal business hours.
This winter has been mild, and we know many of you are already getting your boats ready for another fantastic boating season. We remain optimistic that despite the current public health situation, it won’t be long before we’re all back on the water. We’re looking forward to helping you enjoy the lakeshore lifestyle in 2020.
Executive Vice President, Westrec Marinas
General Manager, Chicago Harbors