Monroe Harbor is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and its 390 mooring cans combine to create the central panorama of the Chicago skyline. Iconic to the Chicago Harbors, Monroe has a strong community of long-time boaters many of whom love the nostalgia and history of this harbor at the foot of the city. Home to the Chicago Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club, the harbor is a central focal point of the lakefront.
A frequent and convenient tender service is available; please hail on channel 68 for pick-up. There are accommodations for boats 25’-80’ in length. Transient mooring is also available. Additionally, there is waste pump-out equipment at the northern end of the harbor that is provided on a no-charge basis. The harbor monitors channels 9 and 16 and the switch to/working channel is 68.
Location is Top notch, water taxi to shore is prompt and esay. Staff are pleasant and helpful. The only downfalls for us were no pendants on the balls making it difficult to grab and the SE winds caused some very rollie nights, it felt like we were anchoring out in the lake.
First night was great. When the winds and swell are coming from the southeast, this place is a bouncy hell hole…we barely slept at all the second night for that reason.
Nice large mooring field. No lines on balls so you must call harbor master to assist you with tying up. Nice water taxi service. Very rocking. Like a washing machine. Great location. Fireworks every Saturday night and they were fantastic! Nice clean rest rooms.
I cannot thank the staff at Monroe enough. Luke was a tremendous help when my bilge pump went out and saved the day. I will be certainly return and highly recommend this harbor.
Staff very helpful and friendly Winn be back. My only wis is that they put pendants on the mooring balls.
I really liked the marina. The location was great and we never had to wait long for the tender. The only downside was that the mooring buoy didn’t have a pickup buoy attached to it so we had to lean over the railing to thread our line through the buoy.
The "New" Monroe Harbor is an absolute joy. When I started boating to Chicago back in the 1980's, everyone I dealt with at Monroe Harbor was either rude, dismissive, or just plain unpleasant. So I stopped coming to Monroe Harbor. No longer. Everyone I dealt with - Harbormaster, tender boat captains, even the ice bag vendor - was courteous and friendly.
The staff of the tenders and the harbor master were very helpful and great to deal with in many different situations I had, as anyone who owns an older boat will know
We loved staying on the can - cool breezes, no crowds, easy maneuvering, free and efficient tender service. AND all at less than one-third the price of a slip!
The location is great and the staff was very accommodating. A tender service is used by the marina operator to ferry people to and from their boats and the service should be better. On one occasion we had to wait nearly 30 minutes for a tender to pick us up for a trip to shore. It was not a peak time, it was the middle of an afternoon, but they only had one tender making the run. Speaking with season customers, this is a common occurrence and complaint.
Just simply fantastic weather, great views and friendly people on the water taxi. The view and the many restaurants are absolutely fantastic.
Beautiful location. Great tender service with dedicated staff. Wifi totally substandard, event by the office, not to mention at the mooring cans. Water refill not at all compliant with basic hygiene norms : one has to use the faucets of the pump out dock, which are connected to water hoses used for cleaning holding tanks. Connecting one's own hoses does not prevent bacteria spreading. Separate faucets should be installed on a separate dock ! Shocking !
The staff at the Harbor office (Jenn) was awesome... so patient and informative as we are new to the area. Tenders to and from shore are readily available and tender Captains are excellent. There are no facilities to speak of but Chicago downtown and Riverwalk is basically a stones throw away.
Great location. Mooring balls are a pain to hook to. No line hanging to grab hold of. Difficult for a larger boat to feed line through eye. The harbor tinders (water taxi) are great.
Great tender service; attractive price; convenient pump-out and water facilities. First night was on a mooring ball that was open to the swells from the opening in the inner breakwater -- but the helpful staff was able to relocate us to a more protected ball where we slept much better.
Calm, sheltered mooring, exceptional water taxi access. Very helpful staff. Could not have been better.
We were moored in really high winds and the help of the harbor tender pilot was invaluable. Thanks a bunch from the crew of Coracle!