Offshore Marine was founded by Fritz Hanselman in 1979 as a sailing and windsurfing shop just a stone's throw from Wrigley Field in Chicago. A Vernon Hills location was added in 1987, and both stores were combined into the Lake County location by the late 90s.
In 2011, we moved from a strip mall location in Vernon Hills to a 3500 square foot "warehouse"-style space in Lake Bluff - much harder to see from the street, but much better suited to displaying the huge range of boats and accessories we carry.
In 2016, Chicago theatre producer/director (and former Offshore employee) Matt O'Brien agreed to take over Offshore and continue the store's legacy of providing Chicago-area paddlers and inflatable boat customers with the very best in products and services.
We're located in Lake Bluff, 35 miles north of downtown Chicago, just off Rt 176, two miles east of the I-94 exit. (click on this link for a Google Map. From Chicago, on a good day, you can be at the shop in about 45 minutes (and in-season, we're open until 8 on Wed and Thursday nights, so you can leave the city at 6pm and be here by 7).
There are occasional times when the hours might change for factory pickups, boat deliveries, etc, so please call us at 847.283.0400 or email us before making a trip up to confirm hours.