An artist's rendering of Beau D'Arcy's proposed Breakwater Chicago entertainment barge.

It's so impressive that last summer when one of my wife's friends visiting from the East Coast laid her eyes upon Lake Michigan for the first time, she shouted out in a Boston accent as thick as a bowl of chowder, "That is not a lake, no sir!"

But, yes, indeed it is.

While Chicago's massive inland "ocean" inarguably is the city's greatest natural resource, one could actually argue that Chicago doesn't use it enough as an entertainment resource. And I would agree.

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