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Chicago Harbor Safety Committee

As a partnership between the private sector and government agencies, the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee is here to review, recommend, and to help implement actions for the safe, shared use of Chicago's lakefront and river for commercial and recreational purposes. 

Our Leadership


Dan Russell, City Experiences

Vice President

Mike McElroy, Wendella 


David Brezina, Chicago Yachting Association


Don Campbell, Kindra Lake Towing

Sector Representatives

Commercial Vessel Operators    49- Passengers

Joe Donofrio, Free Spirit Cruises

Commercial Vessel Operators    50+ Passengers

Tom Blakely, Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Commercial Vessel Operators   Barge & Towing

Dan Vascik, IMT

Bareboat Charter Operators

Ron Silvia, Chicago Electric Boat Company

Merchant Mariners

Ray Novak, Intl Ship Masters' Assoc. - Lodge 3

Recreational Boating Organizations  Power & Sail

Russ Salzman, Columbia Yacht Club

Human Powered Craft    Paddling and Rowing

John McDermott, Greater ChicagoDragon Boat Club

Civic/Neighborhood/Environmental Advocacy Org.

John Quail, Friends of the Chicago River

Shoreline Facility Operators

Ben Alden, Westrec Marina Management