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(Updated, updated) Chicago river system launch open

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The launch for the Chicago river system is open.

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Westrec expects to staff the site from noon to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, July 3. and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, July 4. For this weekend, it will be staffed from 8-4.

Launch fee is the usual $20.

It's located on the southwest corner of Western Avenue and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

I will try to post anticipated staffing hours for weekends, as I get them. But it should be open, though unmanned during the week.

(Just received word that apparently a boat caught fire next to the dock Thursday night or Friday morning and part of the dock is burned.)

This is still in the shakedown phases, so be prepared to use caution when launching. There's some low spots.

It took forever, but I will tell you what, this is something beautiful.

All-Bry Construction Company out of Burr Ridge did a helluva job. From the git-go, their people on site showed they cared about doing the job right.

I will post updates as quickly as possible. And I hope to get out this weekend and give it a test run with a couple interested people.

Kudos for Mayor Daley's Fishing Advisory Committee for pushing this through.

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