No person shall operate a vessel in such a way that the boat creates a wake in any of the following areas in the Lake Michigan portions of the Chicago Harbor or upon any waterway within the City, except in the case of an actual emergency:
within 150 feet of any buoy marking a bathing beach or swimming area;
within 150 feet of the shoreline or a breakwater;
within 150 feet of any other vessel;
within 150 feet of any boat launching ramp;
within 150 feet of any portion of the Chicago River Locks structure;
west of the east line of Navy Pier, between the south line of Navy Pier and the south line of the Chicago River locks structure;
west of the east line of Navy Pier, between the north line of Navy Pier and the south line of the Jardine Water Filtration Plant;
the main branch of the Chicago River, from the Chicago River controlling Locks west to Wolf Point L, the junction of the main north and south branches.
the south branch of the Chicago River, from Wolf Point to the Lake Street Bridge.
the north branch of the Chicago River, from Wolf Point to the Kinzie Street Bridge.
at any other location where no wake signs or markings are posted by the commissioner of transportation pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
The commissioner of transportation shall post appropriate markings or signs to identify the no-wake areas listed in subsection (a) of this section. The commissioner may also mark additional no-wake areas as directed from time to time by the city council, and where an appropriate state or federal agency indicates the need for such restriction. All such signs and markings shall comply with applicable state and federal regulations;
Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $500.00.
(Added Coun. J. 12-10-97, p.59008; Amend Coun. J. 7-29-98, p. 75119; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-12, p. 38872, § 193)