Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ray LaMontange Concert at Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor Chicago

Our slip was directly across from the pavilion
 Burnham Harbor, Chicago and Northerly Island: We've been wanting to stay at Burnham Harbor in Chicago for quite awhile now, so when tickets to one of our favorite musicians went on sale at Northerly Island, I jumped on the opportunity to make it a boating weekend in Chicago! We were kinda taking a gamble and hoping for good weather (the weekend of June 26-27), because how could you go to a concert at Northerly Island and NOT take the boat there!

Almost to the city! It's about a 25 mile trip across the lake from Portage, IN
Entering the harbor at Burnham
G-Dock at Burnham Harbor - outside Soldier Field and the Field Museum
We got to Burnham Harbor early in the afternoon, checked-in at the office, and enjoyed spending some time on the dock before the concert. We were at the very end of the dock, on the outside wall (the T). Our dock neighbors were there hanging out, and everyone we met was very nice! 

We could hear the band rehearsing for the show from the boat, so we probably could have heard the whole show even without tickets! But, Ray LaMontagne is one of our favorite musicians, so we definitely were looking forward to experiencing his concert for the first time. The walk to Northerly Island was about a mile from the boat, even though we could see the pavilion from our slip!

Both of ours My first concert at Northerly Island. I forgot Ben saw Damien Rice here in his pre boat days.
Seats with a skyline view!
I can't image a better place to see a concert
Great seats !


 The show was amazing, see a performance from here and here, and the skyline views could not be beat. It's definitely my new favorite place to see a concert, and also a great excuse to take the boat to Chicago. We followed the hordes of people back out of the pavilion and the walk back to the boat went much faster than the walk to Northerly Island.

This is only the 2nd Chicago harbor we've stayed at, and we really enjoyed the view and the people we met. (The other was 31st street a couple years ago - read the post here)  It's still not close to restaurants to walk to, but if you're going to see a concert, to Soldier Field, or to the museums, the location is perfect! We hope to be back again, for a Bears game next time!
Relaxing the morning after the concert before heading back home



Lots of good boat-watching from our slip at Burnham