27843 W Grass Lake Rd
Antioch, IL 60002
Hailed as “The Key West of the Midwest” Blarney Island really is “A Mile Away From Reality”. I used to live in the Antioch area and had never been to Blarney Island, and honestly I am kicking myself right now! This place is so amazing. We pulled up to Port of Blarney and found volleyball nets outside. There is a bar and restaurant with seating outside on the dock. For a small fee you can launch your own boat for a day on the lake. To get to the island, if you don’t have your own boat, there is a shuttle service that varies in price depending on the day or event that runs every hour.
This is the outside deck where you can watch people launch their boats into the water. I found it mezmerizing to watch people on their boats and waverunners. It was just so laid back and it was such a beautiful afternoon I that could have people-watched all day. The service at the Port is fabulous; within a minute of sitting down one of the girls came out to offer us something to drink and assured us we could take them with us on the shuttle ride. How sweet is that?
The ride to the island was so much fun. Although the island is just a mile off shore, it feels like you have been transported to your own private tropical escape.
The atmosphere is a blend of paradise getaway with a silly bar twist. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the lakefront breeze.
I love this! In the lower deck bar there is a jukebox, a merch booth, and of course misc hanging underwear. It’s a site to see. There are hundreds of womens bras, some signed, along with other assorted clothing items that have been left behind. I think the boot to the left is hysterical.