Downtown Docks

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27 West Riverwalk South
Chicago, IL 60601
41° 53' 13.01'', -87° 37' 43.87''
VHF Ch. 16
Downtown Docks
Downtown Docks
Downtown Docks
Downtown Docks
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Experience the best of Chicago by docking your boat at Downtown Docks — the thrill of exploration, the elegance of city dining, the serenity of open water. You are surrounded by some of the cities best dining and entertainment. From the great entertainment in the Loop to the fine dining of River North, your experience transcends within footsteps of your vessel. There is no greater place to dock your vessel in Chicago. At Downtown Docks, you are in the heart of The Second City. As you step off your vessel, you are immediately surrounded by the great additions of the Chicago Riverwalk as the views of skyscrapers create a pleasant background.

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You will be instructed to dock when hailing us on the VHF or calling over the phone.

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Fuel Dock:Nearby
Water Hookup:Nearby
Transient Storage:Yes
Service & Maintenance:Nearby
Water Taxi:Within 5 Miles
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Medical Facility:Within 5 Miles
Pharmacy:Within 5 Miles
Car Rentals:Within 5 Miles
Bike Rentals:Nearby
Covered Slips:Nearby
Engine Service:Nearby
Propeller Service:Nearby
Dry Stack:Nearby
Land Storage:Nearby
Travel Lift:Nearby
Yacht Brokerage:Nearby
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I hardly ever attach my name to a review. However, this must be done. I had a paid reservation for City Winery last night and was looking to maneuver into an available space. Apparently, no one keeps records, because it was packed! When I started to try and squeeze into the last available slot, 2 white guys were standing there telling me I couldn't, because they paid and their friend was coming. Of course they were NOT employees of DT docks. When I informed these people I paid and was pulling in as was my right, he yelled, "What are you, stupid?" Still NO DT docks employee. I was almost into the slip when a person FINALLY appeared. Although he apologized profusely and helped me tie off in an opening slot away from those people, to my knowledge, he made no attempt to tell the other boat they had no right to tell me anything. Disorganized. It is a sad day for boaters of color because without mediation in these situations, OTHERS will always try to throw their weight around. My boat is just as big, but I should not be forced to use it to gain parity. Chicago, hire another docking contractor!!

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We had a great time. Dock staff was helpful and accommodating!!

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Staff was courteous and helpful. Easy to dock there. I wish there was a different VHF channel other than 16 to coordinate docking rather than trying to yell across.

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very courteous staff.

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The weather was really bad and we couldn’t make it. I would appreciate a refund.

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Great time. Wilson took very good care of us.

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No complaints. Space was open for me at the appointed time. Dock hands were right there. A very pleasant experience. I wish someone would have thought of this 30 years ago, when I had my own boat and could come to Chicago several times in a summer.

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Only complaint is that it took until right before we got there to get a confirmation..I realize I only reserved Friday but I called 3 times to double check the status and only received the voicemail and couldn’t get through to an actual person. All worked out and we had a great time though!

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Pulled up right on time with our spot waiting for us and 2 dock attendants! Rock Star Docking at it's finest! Thanks for a great stay!

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They seemed confused when I arrived

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Great location at City Winery! Our spot was ready and the dock hand was very helpful!

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