GLORY is organising a welcome party and reception for all regatta entrants and also all LGBT who are interested in sailing in Chicago (and visitors doing other sports) for the day of the weigh-in which will probably be held on Sunday 16th as the opening ceremony is on Saturday and the regatta starts on Monday 17th.
The objectives are:
- To develop a gay sailing group in Chicago and possibly elsewhere with visitors from other cities who may be participating in the Games but not in the sailing.
- To raise funds for GLORY and a nominated charity.
- To establish contacts for GLORY who can help to complete the board membership.
Location: Deck on top of 16 story apartment block with great views overlooking Belmont Harbor and Chicago.
Function type: Cookout and entertainment (band?)
Date: 16th July (weigh-in day)
Fundraising: Ticket Sales ($30 on the door, $25 in advance), Raffle of donated prizes and share of bar income
You must book accommodation NOW if you want to get somewhere close to where we're sailing as there aren't many hotels in that area of town. The Chicago Gay Games website does have a list of hotels which are offering discount rates to participants if you book through the site.
The closest is the Majestic Hotel at 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL, 60657 which is a short walk to Belmont harbour. Their normal rates are $99-179 but during the Gay Games they are asking for $199 which we think is a rip-off.
There are short let apartments available (or "efficiencies" as they are known). Try searching on Sublet.com or the Chicago Tribune property finder.
We asked a number of questions of Chicago and these are the replies we received to date. There are still a large number to be clarified as well as many other questions which we have submitted. We are aiming to help them to create a FAQ document to put on our website and theirs.
More information on the registration process and costs here
Chuck Goes (see above) is also Commodore of the Belmont Yacht Club who have a 53 feet x 16 feet barge moored next to where the J22s are moored. There are toilet facilities, a large lounge area with a bar, food warmers for keeping delivered food hot and a small office. It also has an outside deck which is tented in summer and has picnic tables and grills for barbecues. There are about 40 seats inside and 150 on the deck.
We have asked what access there is to the boats and are awaiting a reply
We suggest adopting a bar as a meeting place outside of Belmont Harbor, once the participants have left the area. As we are so close to Boystown, does anyone local have a suggestion that is a good mixed bar ?
Life jackets are NOT supplied according to the CGI website but the charter company that owns the J22s (Chicago City Sailing) do have them to be able to charter their boats. http://www.chicagosailing.com/. Awaiting more feedback.
Gay Team in Chicago-Mackinack Race
This very famous race starts at lunchtime on the final day of the Games (22nd July) and takes 2-3 days. It would be great to create an openly gay entry for this event to :
- Promote the Gay Games
- Increase visibility for gay people in sailing
- Gain coverage from yachting media
GUST in the UK gained huge media coverage when they entered the Cowes Week regatta as the first openly gay entry - see www.gustsailing.org
Anyone interested (you would have to miss the closing ceremony)?
Bicycles can be carried on CTA trains and on buses equipped with attached bicycle racks. Bicycles are permitted on trains weekdays (except from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Limit two bicycles per train car or bus. There are bike and running tracks all along the lake shore. Cycles can be rented from http://www.bikechicago.com/ (book early!).
More information is available on the following websites:
Belmont Harbour is not far from
the city centre and only 10-15 mins walk from the centre of the "boystown" gay
district ("girlstown" is not far) and from Wrigley Field
where the closing ceremony will be held.You need to get to the North
end of the harbour as the J22s are moored on the inside of the "arm" of
the harbour at Addison St /Lakeshore Drive, as is the clubhouse barge
of the Belmont Yacht Club which we have been offered access to.
The transport network is excellent and you will get free access to all buses and city trains during your stay. The best way to get to Belmont Harbour is by bus as these run right along the lake-shore. The 145 and 146 are non-stop from Belmont to downtown.
The CTA Red Line Train stops at Addison and it's about a 10 minute walk or you can catch the 152 bus.
See map here http://www.transitchicago.com/maps/maps/F2005N.html
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