Downtown Docks

27 West Riverwalk South
Chicago, IL 60601

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11 Reviews

by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2020
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!!

by Gregory M. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2019
We had a great time. Dock staff was helpful and accommodating!!

by Kyle R. - Verified user on Sep 14, 2019
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.

by Phil E. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2019
very courteous staff.

by Meena B. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2019
The weather was really bad and we couldn’t make it. I would appreciate a refund.

by Arthur D. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2019
Great time. Wilson took very good care of us.

by Joseph R. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2018
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.

by amanda p. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2018
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!

by Terry B. - Verified user on Sep 29, 2017
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!

by Joe C. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2017
They seemed confused when I arrived

by Joe M. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2017
Great location at City Winery! Our spot was ready and the dock hand was very helpful!

About Downtown Docks

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.

Booking Info

Please Note:

Your reservation, while transient, is only for a duration of 2 hours. Should you want to extend your reservation, you'll need to submit an additional reservation request. If you are running late to your reserved slip, please let the Dockmaster know via "Chat" within the app, or by phone.

Requests are ONLY available to book 2 weeks or less prior to your requested arrival date. Please plan accordingly.

We have two locations : our most recent addition is a dock located between 151-155 W Riverwalk S. There is a photo with a pin displaying the location of our additional location. Please be prepared to dock at either location. You will be instructed to dock at either when hailing us on the VHF, calling over the phone or chatting through the Dockwa service. Thank you


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