kytbord, type "w halings rd., antioch, il" into googlemaps.. You're going to want to look for the tavern that's at the end of Halings Rd. the tavern/bar that's right near the water. As a courtesy I would recommend parking right by the water and not next to the tavern to allow the patrons of the bar a closer spot to the bar, pull straight up and park facing the lake. Suit up, do whatever you have to do and then walk onto the ice, follow the snowmobile tracks out to the open part of the lake. Right now, there is open water on the VERY south end of the lake near the bridge, but I think that's usually the case, so if it's a north wind just kindof be aware of where you are. You will see it a good distance away though. As of yesterday(wendesday) when I went it was NOT ideal for kiteboarding because like jens said, the snow has to be stuck to the ice. I don't know if the conditions have changed since I was there, (they can change fast with temperature) but when I was there, there was about 3-5 inches of powder that was floating on the ice, and my snowboard was like a giant snowplow clearing the ice while I was trying to hold the edge (very slippy)..
I'd agree that skiers will most likely have a better time if the conditions are still like that this weekend. You've got to know how to hold an edge if you're snowkiting.. Shawn, you could self teach yourself how to snowboard but a decent instructor really will speed up the learning curve here. Mostly because you're looking at only a limited time on the hill before you have to pack up and head home. Like I said, always keep your edge uphill and don't be afraid of a little downhill speed before you lean back uphill to slow down and turn uphill. I didn't selfteach how to snowboard, I think I had about 3 hour long lessons and then the rest i picked up on my own.. Hope it helps..