Monroe Harbor is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and its 824 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.
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!