The boat needs to be Canada ready for our annual trip. All systems must be go because up there marine service locations are sparse and very expensive. Not to mention days of valuable fishing time lost while waiting for repairs.
The past few days have been warm and clear so WTF, let's go.
Navy Pier is a top tourist attraction in Illinois and for that reason alone I avoid it. On this day there were crowds, mostly school kids on field trips and the obligatory foreigners from places like Iowa. The large party boat and dining cruise excursion vessels were taking on passengers. Another thing to consider when fishing this area is the wakes churned up by these big ships. Congestion will also be much worse once the season progresses.
My favorite view of Chicago is from out on the lake on a bright sunny day and it never looked better. From this perspective the place looks so far from the crowded close quarter concrete canyons where there are panhandlers, societal misfits and a thug or two cappin' some dude's ass over a botched drug deal. At least I have never heard of a float-by shooting out on the lake but I could be wrong.