Photograph courtesy of: Brian Stagner

Hey Chicago!  Get out of the city and on to our Great Lake Michigan!

The 2019 Chicagoland rendezvous of tall ships will happen in Kenosha, WI. A little over an hour north of the heart of Chicago, seven tall ships will arrive in Kenosha’s harbor during a majestic Parade of Sail, Thursday afternoon, August 1 and will make Kenosha their home during the Tall Ships® 2019 festival August 2-4. Two of the ships will provide sail-away excursions departing from the north side of the harbor. Five ships will be docked along the south side of harbor, for three days of wind, water and song!

EVENT HIGHLIGHT SUMMARY
Thursday, August 1, 4pm
Parade of Sail along Lake Michigan
Opening Ceremony and FREE PB&J Concert, 6pm featuring TYNAN, 54th Street at 6th Avenue
Friday, August 2, 10am – 6pm
Festival, deck tours, music, art and sail aways
Friday, August 2, 7 – 9pm
Kenosha Rocks the Dock!
Music by AMERICAN ENGLISH,
Beatles tribute band
Saturday, August 3, 10am – 6pm
Festival, deck tours, music, art and sail aways
Saturday, August 3, 10am – 6pm
Festival, deck tours, music, art and sail aways

SAIL AWAY TICKETS
FESTIVAL ADMISSION TICKETS
KENOSHA ROCKS THE DOCK TICKETS

INTERNATIONAL FLEET
U.S. BRIG NIAGARA
Homeport: Erie, PA
198’ sparred length
120’ rig height
BARQUE PICTON CASTLE
Flag:  Cook Islands
179’ sparred length
100’ rig height
BLUENOSE II
Homeport: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
181’ sparred length
132’ rig height
S/V DENIS SULLIVAN
Homeport: Milwaukee, WI
137’ sparred length
95’ rig height
PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
Homeport: Baltimore, MD
157’ sparred length
107’ rig height

Parade of Sail on Thursday, August 1 is free to all. Best viewing is from a tall ship (yes – you can purchase tickets to be on board and sail in the parade.)  Or go east of Kenosha’s museums at 54thStreet and 1stAvenue.  Festival admission tickets allow you to board the ships docked along the south harbor and explore from bow to stern.  Also included: hands-on activities in the Pepsi Kids Zone; live entertainment at the Miller Lite Music Stage, fine art fair,  food court and more.

On the north side of the harbor, Kenosha’s own Red Witch and Appledore IV from Bay City, Mich., will offer sail-away tours on Lake Michigan, providing a unique opportunity to view the Kenosha coastline. Gather a group of friends and reserve your spot on an 80-minute day sail or a enjoy the beauty of a two-hour twilight sail.

An easy drive or take the train

Kenosha is one of only 11 host ports for TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® in the Great Lakes in 2019 – including stops in Canada  — and the closest host city to the Chicago area.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM I-94
  • From Milwaukee/North
    I-94 / 41 South to Hwy. 158 (Exit #342)
    158 (52nd Street) East approximately 7 miles to 6th Avenue
    Right (South) on 6th Avenue
    Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site
  • From Chicago / South
    I-94 / 41 North to Hwy. 158 East (Exit #342)
    158 (52nd Street) East approximately 7 miles to 6th Avenue
    Right (South) on 6th Avenue
    Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site
  • From Lake Geneva/West
    50 East to Hwy. 31 (Green Bay Road)
    Left (North) on Hwy. 31 / Green Bay Road to Hwy. 158 (52nd Street)
    Right (East) on Hwy. 158 (52nd Street) to 6th Avenue
    Right (South) on 6th Avenue
    Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site
Directions via Metra trains:
Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 is a short distance from Kenosha’s Metra train station, the northern-most stop on the Union Pacific/North Line. Visit the Metra website for a complete schedule and ticket options including the special $10 Unlimited Weekend Pass and kids-ride-free Family Fares. Hop aboard Kenosha’s Electric Streetcar just outside the train station and ride right to the festival entrance.

Explore Kenosha while you’re in town:

Photo by Scott Olsen

Whether you are visiting for the day or the whole weekend, there is plenty to keep you busy before and after your Tall Ship adventure! Partner hotels include The Stella Hotel & Ballroom and Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside are perfect for an overnight stay. Climb aboard another mode of historic transportation and tour our downtown area on an authentic Electric Streetcar. You’ll see two lighthouses, several museums and two historic districts.

From mammoths to the Civil War to AMC auto manufacturing, our museums offer a wide array of history lessons and hands-on learning. Take a break at one of many lakefront parks or the many outdoor dining spaces at our local restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a round of golf, a beer garden, a little retail therapy, and so much more. You can even rent a bike and explore our shoreline on two wheels. To plan your time in Kenosha, go to VisitKenosha.com – we know you’ll have a great time on our Great Lake!

SAIL AWAY TICKETS
FESTIVAL ADMISSION TICKETS
KENOSHA ROCKS THE DOCK TICKET

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