We’re happy to announce that the Chicago Harbors are open. During this unprecedented time, please keep in mind the following policies will be in place for the health of safety of our customers, staff, and the greater Chicago public. Learn More Here
We are monitoring updates and will continue to operate according to recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization), and CDPH (Chicago Department of Public Health) regarding the spread of COVID-19.
Chicago Harbors Opening and Operating Hours: All docks, parking lots, launch ramps, and other harbor properties are now open without restricted hours. Please keep in mind, we will be lock harbor washrooms overnight in order to allow regular deep cleaning.
Chicago Harbors Main Office: Our administration office is now open on a limited basis with limited staff and operating with social distancing guidelines in place. If you need assistance, the office can be reached at 312-741-3601 or by email at [email protected] during our normal business hours Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Most of our forms and resources are readily available at chicagoharbors.com. In addition, payments can be made online or through the mail.
Please Note: 2-3 night minimum may be charged for special events of holidays. Burnham Harbor has a 30ft minimum.
Burnham Harbor is located within walking distance of the Chicago downtown and is situated on the Museum Campus. It is the largest harbor in the Chicago Harbors system. Surrounded by a stunning skyline view, the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Soldier Field, and McCormick Place the harbor is a focal point of the City of Chicago. Burnham Harbor is also home to the Burnham Park Yacht Club. The harbor has 1126 slips, mooring cans, and star docks and can accommodate boats from 28-100ft + in length.
Transient docking is available; please call the harbor directly for reservations any time after May 15. Burnham Harbor has a fuel dock facility with gas and diesel fuels. There is a laundry facility in the Ships Store. Waste pump-out equipment is available on a no-charge basis. There is a 3-lane launch ramp at the harbor with parking for approximately 43 vehicles with trailers. There is a mast stepping/unstopping capability at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, located on the east side of Burnham Harbor. The harbor monitors channels 9 and 16 and the switch to/working channel is 71.
Boaters, please note: No Overnight Trailer Parking is permitted.
This was an end tie slip. Boats were not obeying speed limits in the harbor and creating wakes all night. We left before midnight with another boat.
Incredible view, beautiful harbor, and very helpful staff!!
Marina is for the most part very clean. Staff is very attentive and polite. Views at night are fantastic. Docks are very nice with lots of cleats. Bathrooms could use a bit more attention. There is a concert venue on the east side of the harbor, they had a electronic music concert that was pretty loud but done at a decent time. if the wind is out of the east docks on the south side can be a pretty rough ride over night. all and all great marina
The floating dock squeaked as the rollers were not oiled. Kept us up at night. And the gas dock team was not very friendly or helpful. Maybe we are just used to better customer service at our home dock in Holland where they pump your gas and provide some Conversation. Also didn’t get much info from the staff around amenities or where things were in the marina. It was our first time here and it would have been helpful for some direction. But overall a very good stay. Boaters were friendly and the location was great! We would stay here again.
Great location with fantastic views of city skyline. Slip was located on the northerly island side and good location for uber pick up. Friendly and helpful boaters. Only negative was bathroom cleanliness.
Clean and up to date. easy in and out and large raceways.
The boats going in and out do not adhere to the no wake requirements. We had an end dock and got rocked a few times
There was loud partying right beside our boat until after midnight. Another boat even snuck in without light and tied to the end of our slip.
Staff was friendly but not well informed. The docks were in pretty good shape; secure cleats and boards. Head/shower at main building was sloppy at best; disgusting at times. The dock gate generally did not close securely without being assisted. The "eco" heads south of the main building were pretty good. I’ve been to quite a few harbors and marinas; none of them perfect. My comments are based on comparisons of experience.
When we got to our reserved slip there was another boat in it. We had to turn around which was very difficult because the marina was very tight. We ended up going to the alternative slip that was given and there was a boat in that slip also. We finally found an empty slip and were told that was someone slip and they would have to contact the slip holder. They told us the slip holder was not occupying the slip. We ended up being on an end slip and no one seems to know what NO WAKE means. We were called back and told we would be given a discount.
Assigned a putter basin slip which is exposed to south wind. Very rock and roll. Got so bad we moved loud party city. Boats pass at fast pace wakes are the norm. Huge traffic. If you’re young and want to party this is the place for you
You were very accommodating and helpful. We look forward to our next stay.
No help docking, no help at fuel dock or pump out. The boat behind our slip was playing very loud music with no care or concern for anyone around him. Stay away.
We had a great slip at the end of a T Dock, bathrooms were clean, staff were very nice.
Clean Facilities in a beautiful setting.
Had the whole family on board for the Lake Shake Festival. Dockwa had overbooked the slip but the gals in the Harbor Office had it resolved in minutes while I awaited instructions on the VHF. Perfect. Thank You.
We were pleased to experience much improved service since our stay last year.Communications to make reservations went well.Staff was responsive to questions.Received a dock in the location er requested.It was open and fellow boaters helped us dock. The only remaining complaint from.last year was that I had to ask for gate and head codes.That information should be provided in the reservation confirmation.Some guests may not think to ask. Nice stay.
IT WAS A LOT OF FUN, BURNHAM HARBOR STAFF WAS GREAT
Really disappointed with our stay at Burnham. We were assigned the T dock at the end (which was our preference). When we arrived, there was a boat in our assigned spot. We enquired with a fellow boater and she said it had been there for at least two weeks. It was plugged in, but canvas flying off and it looked abandoned. We asked why the they couldn't tow the boat off the dock if it was abandoned. They said they were trying to reach the owner. Harbormaster assigned us another T dock and we got situated there. We were to have a 3 night stay. The second day, we were told we had to move because that dock was being used for a "private party" and they specifically requested our newly assigned dock. We explained that we were not told we would have to move. It would be a big hassle because we had people visiting all day and we would now have to move and communicate to everyone where we moved to. They offered us a small discount which was pretty insignificant compared to the hassle of moving. But, it seemed like we were not being given a choice. When we went by in our dinghy later that night, we see the "private party" was a much smaller boat than ours that could have gone on many other docks and been just fine. Also, it was gone by the end of the night. Also, the abandoned boat had been moved. So, basically, we got the inconvenienced because Burnham didn't manage the process. Last thing, went in to use the assigned bathrooms on Monday right after they had been cleaned. I watched the cleaning crew walk out. Bathroom was nice and clean, NO TOILET PAPER. How do you miss that part?? We love the location and I'm sure we will be back for other events in the city, but this time, it was a miss.
Great marina located 10 minute walk to Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry. Nice walking/running pathway along lake shore. Friendly staff at marina always willing to help. Docks, electric, water, wifi, laundry, bathrooms, pump out, fuel are all in great condition. 2 minute wait for $6 Uber rides to south loop restaurants and shopping. Easy access in and out of marina.
The other boaters on our dock were very friendly-- but that's Chicago hospitality. The views of the Chicago skyline are spectacular. The easy walk to restaurants and groceries in the South Loop area makes this an ideal destination. The staff was very responsive and efficient during a problem we had at the dock-- they demonstrated empathy for an injury and clearly were very helpful.
Very nice folks on the dock. Great walking paths and great location.
I enjoyed the visit. Being on F dock gave great access to the bath house units! It is a very busy harbor in a great area.
need access to additional dining options/ store options after hours- only 2 floating bathrooms for the entire marina - could use another one or two - they are always in use
My boat broke down wouldn’t start in the launch and allowed me to work on it during a busy time with other boats launching. Eventually got it started... Good people helpful service clean facilities Thanks for a great weekend!
Clean marina, easy in/out with trailer and boat launch. You can hear the music from Northernly Island and a beautiful view of the city. Great experience!
Great accommodating staff. Fuel dock well run and reasonable prices. Phenomenal view of the city and the Navy Pier fireworks. Our second year there and we will make it an annual event. Thank You Burnham Harbor!!!!
Convenient location, clean bath house, friendly staff.
We thoroughly enjoyed Burnham! Shortly after we arrived we met a few of the season slip holders on our dock ... they were so friendly and invited us to join them on their trip to a beach the next day. Plus they offered some great advice since it was our first time at Burnham. We'll be back and are currently trying to find some time in September to return! Thanks again!
Dock staff lazy and not willing to help. Power problems both with new pedastals and not enough volts to power system at end of docks 4 boats all had power problems
Overall it is a very nice facility. There were times the code they gave would not unlock the bathroom doors even though it said it was not occupied. My GF did state the bathroom she went into was dirty. Mine was fairly clean. Would be nice if we had access to a water taxi on the night of the concert we were attending. I would have paid for the ride.
Great marina with amazing views. Facilities were convenient and clean. Transportation in area via Uber, DIVVY bikes or taxi were easily accessible.
Great time and very clean!
great experience as always!!!
Great Marina, the staff is helpful . Slips are tight getting in and out , but a little patience you'll be fine. Marina store is well stocked , Great easy location for UBER to pick you up and get you downtown to the action . Docks could use a little work. Rubber edges on our dock , E52 was missing the corner. With expensive boats and the rates they charge they should be looking closer at the dock maintenance . But again, all good . Thanks Burnham
Everyone from staff to occupants were extremely kind and helpful. Eveeyone went out of their way to make our stay extremely enjoyable will definitely return there and will highly recommend it to all.
I was unable to pull the necessary power of the dock post. I would like to receive a credit for that part of the reservation. I have informed the marina.
Burnham harbor was wonderful! We stayed here for the Chicago air and water show. It was supper busy! Their staff was very nice and helpful. They do a good job at keeping everything pretty clean. The views are crazy cool! We have put this destination our todo list for every year.
Great Trip to the city for the air and water show. Harbor is in great shape and the surrounding area is beautiful. Would like to see a parking pass included.
We LOVE this place!! And let me tell you, with the troubles we had getting here last year (our trip started at 4 am, getting to first lock- Dresden only to have an engine conk out, after engine fixed, next day- try again- leave at 4 am and have a 4 hour wait at Dresden- only to have our batteries drained by the time it was our turn (operator error- lesson learned) marina delivered batteries, windy and getting bounced on the wall waiting at Brandon st lock, going through the canals in pitch black with debris and barges everywhere, no one answering at Amtrak bridge to raise it, getting to Chicago Harbor lock at 3am and when the doors opened, staring out terrified at the black abyss, getting to our slip ;finally!) by 3:30am) you can be sure we wouldn't be making this trip again had our stay last year been awful. We even kept extending our stay it last year. Since we did have such a good time, I knew to book for a longer stay this time. Booking was easy, staff friendly & helpful, bathrooms are a dream!, and the picturesque location can't be beat! Even though we had to battle a storm to get here, the hubaroo is already talking about next year's trip- and we're not even halfway through this one! So yeah, we're kinda crushing on this place!
Dock and facilities are very nice.
The Harbor Master is absolutely a game changer at Burnham Harbor. She is always available to address any issue or resolve any issue. Her staff is well trained always attentive and provide the best customer service possible. The Burnham Harbor Harbor Master always exceeds our expectations.
Did not like this Marina at all. Had no marina. bathrooms were locked at night. no beach. staff did not know questions asked. nothing fun around walking distance. restuarant was a joke high price for tiny hamburger. no hose on doc for water. electric box barely reachable. Noisy. commercial boats blowing horns all day. Never again...oh and at $90 A NIGHT CRAZY HIGH
Marina itself is nice. Floating bath houses near us were out of order which was a pain. No close by supply store
Nice harbor at a nice location! It's very obvious its run by the government/park district. There is zero customer service and the I dont care attitude. Didn't answer the radio, security gate did not close and lock and several water leaks on the dock. I politely brought all of these to their attention and got a shrug of the shoulders. This is our second Chicago Harbor this week and it also surprises me that no one checks you in or makes sure you are in the correct slip. You could very easily pull into any empty slip and they would never know you were here. Zero security!
Excellent marina, my favorite of all great location and very friendly crew.
The online system worked flawlessly. The Harbormaster was very accommodating at our request and where we would like to dock. The dock is beautiful and access to Northerly Island and other amenities is awesome.
Thanks for s great stay.
Very good facilities and accommodating.
The app made it very convenient. We knew the gate codes, slip assignment and could easily navigate the harbor.
Great and I plan to use Burnham in the future and really hope I get Dock H again!
Amazing view of the city!!! Excellent Wi-Fi connection. Food delivered right to your slip. Very friendly resident dock- mates. Ride share & cab drop off & pick up at Harbor House. Great walking paths for dogs. Overall could not recommend more!!!
In town for the U2 concert at Soldier Field and best spot to slip. We always come the Burnham when we visit Chicago and everyone is very nice. We visit the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club each trip as well and they always make you feel like you are a member there. Great time!
Doesn't have all the amenities that we would like but very good overall.
After shoveling off all the goose poop off the dock, the stay was fabulous! We'll pay extra for a clean dock nextime. :)
I reserved a slip on May 1st as a transient boater for 4 nights. We brought the boat from Grand Haven Michigan for a long weekend in Chicago. I purchased gas and reserved a slip expending over $1,000.00 in your marina. I expressly requested a stern starboard side dock. I received an email with the dock reservation and slip assignment. Upon our arrival the slip, G-41, was in fact a stern port side dock, the exact opposite of what I needed and requested. Not only was the slip the wrong type but on Friday pm, after a day of boating, I came back to the slip only to find another boat in my assigned slip. All of my lines, shore power cords and water hose were unceremoniously dumped in my dinghy. My dinghy was secured to the dock by wrapping one of my lines around the outboard tiller arm!!! Fortunately the marina staff were still working and informed me that the slip your staff had assigned me in May was now sold to a seasonal boater. I received no notification of this prior to returning to the marina on Friday. If we had returned after hours what would we have had to do? No slip and no recourse even though the slip was paid for!! The office staff finally after 2 hours, provided another slip which was once again a stern port side slip exactly opposite of my request again. All in all this was the most egregious customer service I have ever experienced in 30 years of boating. I have been a transient guest at your marina several times in the past due to the location and facilities. This trip was horrendous. You should investigate and counsel the Harbor Master that is supposed to be overseeing the marina and insuring a safe and enjoyable experience. I experienced quite the opposite. Raymond Purdy [email protected]