Engineer Floats Idea of Luxury 'Island' in Lake Michigan

Plainfield native Beau D'Arcy is looking to create a floating oasis 1 mile off the shore, complete with restaurants, a pool and more, according to the project's Kickstarter page.

Photo credit: Kickstarter
Photo credit: Kickstarter
Imagine getting a tan in a warm, luxury island-like environment. In Chicago, in the middle of winter.

Plainfield native Beau D'Arcy is looking to create that atmosphere with Breakwater Chicago, which is described on its Kickstarter page as a mix a luxury yacht and an island resort. 

"I was working in Las Vegas and realized that daytime ent was something that Vegas did really well, and other cities as well, and Chicago is missing some of that," D'Arcy said in a video on Kickstarter, an grassroots funding website.

The complex would be open all year. In the warmer months, it would sit about 1 mile off the Chicago shore, and during the winter it would be towed to the shore and feature a dome over the top. The complex would have pools, restaurants, a floating dock for boats and more. 

Developers believe it could be a tourist attraction that would rank up there with Wrigley Field and Willis Tower in Chicago.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the project will cost about $23 million and will require permits from the Coast Guard, state and city. The initial fundraising campaign on Kickstarter is for just $30,000, and as of June 10 nearly half of that total has been raised. The primary purpose of the Kickstarter campaign is to show grassroots and community support for the project. 

Learn more on the Breakwater Chicago Kickstarter page

Do you want this attraction in Chicago?

stan June 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM
To the burbs and i forgot woodridge
Dan Cox June 11, 2014 at 03:15 PM
A boat is not an Island... it is still just a boat with a fancy deck. What do you do with it in the dead of winter?
seer. June 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Sure Stan- people are clamoring to move into the corrupt cesspool that is Chicago.
stan June 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM
You most of never been to chicago seer all I'm saying chicago is gonna be nicer then the burbs the burbs turning ghetto while parts of the city are turning nice


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