Offshore Marine was founded 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 ten years later, as paddlesports came to dominate our product mix, both stores were combined into the Lake County location.
In 2011, we moved from our strip mall location in Vernon Hills to a much larger "warehouse"-style location in Lake Bluff - much harder to see from the street, but much better suited to displaying the huge range of product we carry (over 100 models of canoes, kayaks, inflatables, and SUPs in stock and on display, and don't even get us started on paddles and accessories...).
A decision was made in 2017 to rebrand the business, with Offshore continuing as the inflatable boats and engines part of the company, and Paddling Warehouse being the new identity of our paddlesports lines of products.
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.