LOVE this place. Don’t let the outward appearance fool you. This is where sailboats want to be.
I’ve stored mast up and mast down at this yard for several years. It is exactly what I wanted in a yard. Close to the Loop, closer than that other place down the river (where I stayed one year and absolutely hated). The guys at Canal St. are great and Eric is fantastic and very reliable. You can bring any mechanic or other trades person to work on your boat (unlike some other yards) but they have good painters and mechanics. You have 24/7 access (unlike some other yards). I’ve never heard of any problems with security and I sleep easy knowing it’s in a good safe spot.
Oh, and the trip up the river… Honestly, the bridge raising trip to the lake is making you reconsider??? Seriously?? You’re a Chicagoan damnit (or at least a midwesterner), act like one. That journey is one of the most quintessentially Chicago outings you can ever have. Learn to make a party of it… an event… an experience. You’ll look forward to them after the first one is under your belt. Sure beats the hell out of sailing down to the south side for storage.