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Old 06-03-2008, 07:36 AM
 
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Just wondering for those who are familiar with both Chicago and New York.

I may have answered my question,

It seems like gettting away from the city for the day or weekend (to places like the Hamptons, Jersey Shore) to take advantage in New York City is a bigger thing than it is in Chicago.

Chicago does have Indiana Dunes/Michigan harbor country as well as places like Lake Geneva, but it seems like there isn't quite the mass exodus in Chicago than there is in New York.

Is that primarily because Chicago already has many more beaches, and pleasure boat docking harbors relative to its population than New York?
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Just wondering for those who are familiar with both Chicago and New York.

I may have answered my question,

It seems like gettting away from the city for the day or weekend (to places like the Hamptons, Jersey Shore) to take advantage in New York City is a bigger thing than it is in Chicago.

Chicago does have Indiana Dunes/Michigan harbor country as well as places like Lake Geneva, but it seems like there isn't quite the mass exodus in Chicago than there is in New York.

Is that primarily because Chicago already has many more beaches, and pleasure boat docking harbors relative to its population than New York?
Oh contraire mon frer. I'm a native Wisconsinite and I can tell you to whom Wisconsinites direct their ire and frustration every weekend--Illinoians! Some people call them flatlanders and others call them FIBs (f____ing Illinois B___tards). But I digress. At times they can be friendly Illinois brethren . But yes, there is a large exodus of Chicagoans to weekend retreats in Wisconsin and other surrounding areas every weekend in the summertime.

A lot of people in Chicagoland have weekend cottages (they even call their 3,000 sq ft country homes cottages) on a lake in Wisconsin or Michigan. There are a lot of beautiful areas in Wisconsin that are perfect for a weekend getaway--including Door County, Land O' Lakes area, and Lake Geneva. Needless to say, every weekend you will see a line of cars with IL plates clogging I-90 and I-94 in Wisconsin. The classic John Candy/Dan Akroyd flick The Great Outdoors captures the whole essence of this perfectly.

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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I think you answered your own question too. NYC has a lot of beaches as well but the key goal for most people looking for some R&R is to get far away from the city. City beaches are ok but they do not compare to places like the Hamptons. I think Chicago's beaches are much easier to access than NYC's.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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Chicago's beaches aren't exactly pristine, though. That's the reason why the Chicagoans all drive up north to enjoy WI water. This is much to the fury of WI residents, as explained by south-to-west. (And also the reason why WI cops go out of their way to ticket people with IL plates.)

State rivalry between the two is kind of a big deal.

I haven't personally experiences the beach-going trends in NYC, but I know that my friends from NY went to the Jersey Shore quite frequently.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:17 PM
 
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The classic John Candy/Dan Akroyd flick The Great Outdoors captures the whole essence of this perfectly.
Cheaper By The Dozen 2 also shows a prime example of tourists ruining the lakes.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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Chicago's beaches aren't exactly pristine, though. That's the reason why the Chicagoans all drive up north to enjoy WI water. This is much to the fury of WI residents, as explained by south-to-west. (And also the reason why WI cops go out of their way to ticket people with IL plates.)

State rivalry between the two is kind of a big deal.

I haven't personally experiences the beach-going trends in NYC, but I know that my friends from NY went to the Jersey Shore quite frequently.
I don't see the wisc. tourist industry refusing the greenbacks from the chicagoans! LOL!
In recessionary times, I would not discourage any revenue, tourist or otherwise. If they stopped coming, the first to whine would be the state
of Wisconsin!
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Chicago's beaches are very well utilized, almost too much so, in summer. The dunes would be more utilized by NW indiana folks. While Chicagoans are all over the midwest on staycations in the summer, the rest of the midwest comes to visit Chicago in the summer, so it all evens out.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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Wow, I didn't even know Chicago had beaches. I tought just cities on the east coast like NYC, NJ, ATL, MIA etc....and cities like the ones in California...and others sorrounding by ocean like NO....but the midwest is inland. So what ocean are the Chi's waters from?

Really curious.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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I don't see the wisc. tourist industry refusing the greenbacks from the chicagoans! LOL!
In recessionary times, I would not discourage any revenue, tourist or otherwise. If they stopped coming, the first to whine would be the state
of Wisconsin!
The state may need the money, but that doesn't mean they have to like it.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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Wow, I didn't even know Chicago had beaches. I tought just cities on the east coast like NYC, NJ, ATL, MIA etc....and cities like the ones in California...and others sorrounding by ocean like NO....but the midwest is inland. So what ocean are the Chi's waters from?

Really curious.
Lake Michigan.
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