Alsip has been empty the last few weekends. Maybe a quarter of the parking lot is being used.
It is only 12-14 miles from Alsip to the lake. As long as the idiots that were running the lock this morning arenít' there you'll be fine. The two guys running it in the evening were the best coming home. There were some debris floating in the river on the lakeside of the lock so keep an eye out. It is about 16 miles to Wells Street after you hit the lake. Wells is N41degrees37.450 W087degrees13.716.
Another option is Beer can beach which is just north of Hammond.