Burnham Harbor

$2.50/ft - $4.75/ft

Not Offered

Day Trip
Not Offered
1559 South East Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Check-in after 12:00 PM
Check-out before 12:00 PM
VHF 71
Book faster with the free Dockwa app
Marinas black
17 Reviews

by johndrews on Jul 10, 2017

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.

by tammywhelan on Jul 09, 2017

Thanks for the quick refund. Had to leave a day early unexpectedly. Burnham is a great location especially if you are attending a concert at Northerly Island. The view is unbeatable. My only complaint is we often have trouble with the electricity either not working or switching off. The bathroom facilities are less than desirable for such a nice marina. It would also be nice to have assistance docking when requested. That being said, we will be back because we love the location!!

Marina Response:
Hello Tammy! Thank you for the review. We will make sure to go out and test the pedestals at the slips you previously stayed at that way we can prevent other boaters from having the same issues as well in the future. The harbor master has been notified about the conditions of the bathroom facilities. We appreciate you taking time out of your day to bring these concerns to our attention. We look forward to seeing you for your next reservation with us.

by 5748492711 on Jul 09, 2017

Convenient location, clean bath house, friendly staff.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your response. We are ecstatic to hear that you had a great experience with our location, facilities, and staff. We hope you will come visit us again at Burnham harbor!

by curtitr on Jul 07, 2017

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 Response:
We sincerely apologize that you did not enjoy your stay with us at Burnham harbor. After hours, one side of the harbor office has locked doors, while the other side is always unlocked so that boaters have access to these facilities after hours. While we lock these set of doors for security purposes, we will now be keeping them unlocked to eliminate any potential confusion. All of our boaters should have access to all of our bathroom facilities 24/7 with the code provided. 12th street beach is on the east side of our harbor by Northerly Island. Burnham is located centrally between Soldier Field, the McCormick place, Northerly Island's Pavilion, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. In our office, we have schedules for what events are taking place at these different venues; our staff can work with you to find the perfect weekend to suit your interests. Unfortunately, the Dockside Cafe is a separate, independent business from the Chicago Harbors, so we cannot further assist you with this concern. If you experience issues your pedestal or hose, please let the staff know in the office as we can help assist you in these obstacles to make your reservation worthwhile. Again, we apologize that you did not enjoy your stay at Burnham harbor; we hope you decide to make a reservation with us in the future, and we will help ensure that you are in a quiet, comfortable location for a future visit.

by michelleakey1 on Jul 06, 2017

Marina itself is nice. Floating bath houses near us were out of order which was a pain. No close by supply store

Marina Response:
Hello Michelle. Thank you for making a reservation with us at Burnham harbor. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our marina. Unfortunately, the pump on our floating bath facilities went out of order during your reservation. This is a rare occasion, and we did have a plumber out there that day to address the issue. We offer a selection of West Marine items in our ship store between J and K dock. If you have any recommendations of new items for us to add, please let us know, and we will look into adding these new items. We hope you will make another reservation with us in the future!

by tyf8838 on Jul 05, 2017

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!

Marina Response:
Thank you for taking time out of your day to review our harbor. We sincerely apologize that you did not have a better experience here in regards to our customer service. Our harbor master has been notified of this concern. We purchased a new marine radio, and we now have two marine radios in our office monitoring 9 and 16. Our switch to/working channel is 71. The gate and leaky spigots have been addressed on our maintenance log, and work orders have been submitted. Every day we complete a full audit and two additional transient audits. We are constantly monitoring what boats are in what slips to ensure everyone is in the correct location for security measures. When we are closed, we have security here after hours. Security's number is posted on the inside of all of our gates if any assistance is needed. Thank you again for bringing all of these concerns to our attention, and we hope you will consider staying here again at Burnham harbor in the future.

by andon82 on Jul 04, 2017

Excellent marina, my favorite of all great location and very friendly crew.

Marina Response:
Thank you for making a reservation with us at Burnham harbor. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit, and we hope you continue to make reservations with us in the future!

by yamama on Jun 26, 2017

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.

Marina Response:
We are happy to hear that you had a pleasant experience using Dockwa! The more information you provide us in your reservation notes concerning your preferences, such as dock locations or specific ties, the better we are able to assist you. Our goal is for you have a flawless experience for your reservation. Please continue to add special requests for your reservation(s) that way we know what things are important to you for your stay. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the close proximity to Northerly Island and the amenities here. Please consider staying here at Bunrham again in the future.

by randypodolsky on Jun 26, 2017

Thanks for s great stay.

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us at Burnham harbor. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope you will continue to make further reservations with us in the future.

by sailstarr on Jun 12, 2017

Very good facilities and accommodating.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your review. We appreciate it and we are glad that you enjoyed our facilities!

by nicoledmilos on Jun 12, 2017

The app made it very convenient. We knew the gate codes, slip assignment and could easily navigate the harbor.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your review. We are excited that you liked using dockwa to make your reservation. Please consider making another reservation at Burnham harbor in the future; we would love to have you stay here again!

by ci_39t2m7a6qcw4rcsed on Jun 07, 2017

Great and I plan to use Burnham in the future and really hope I get Dock H again!

Marina Response:
We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your time at Burnham harbor. Thank you for taking time out of your day to review us! If you decide to stay with us again in the future, please indicate in the special requests section that you prefer H dock. We will try to meet this accommodation to the best of our ability. We hope to have you stay here again in the future.

by vorelhousehold on Jun 05, 2017

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!!!

Marina Response:
Thank you for taking time out of your day to review us. Being in the heart of Chicago makes Burnham harbor a wonderful place to stay. This season we started installing new Wi-Fi receptors, so we are thrilled to hear the positive feedback in regards to this. We are glad you enjoyed all of our amenities, and we hope you make another reservation with us in the future.

by marieahill on Jun 05, 2017

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!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review about our harbor and staff. We are glad you enjoyed visiting the yacht club as well. We look forward to having you stay with us again in the future.

by al6vt5snsoxgtfgfs_ji on Jun 05, 2017

Doesn't have all the amenities that we would like but very good overall.

Marina Response:
Hello, thank you for taking time out of your day to review Burnham harbor. We are glad you enjoyed your visit here. We are always open to hearing suggestions on how to improve the amenities and facilities here at Burnham. Please let our office know what accommodations would make your stay better, and we will try out best to update the harbor in terms of these. We hope you consider staying at Burnham again in the future.

by wgntv on Jun 05, 2017

After shoveling off all the goose poop off the dock, the stay was fabulous! We'll pay extra for a clean dock nextime. :)

Marina Response:
We are excited to hear that you had a positive experience at Burnham! Please contact the staff in our office if you have a similar situation in the future. We will have one of our dock attendants come to your slip and clean off the surrounding area for you. We hope to have you stay in our marina again in the future.

by raypurdy1 on Jun 04, 2017

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]

Marina Response:
Hello Raymond, thank you for taking time out of your day to write this review. We sincerely apologize that you did not have a positive experience staying here at Burnham harbor. It was our mistake that we did not update your slip assignment prior to your reservation, since it was assigned to a seasonal slip holder that week. While we try our best to accommodate everyone's requests, especially the specific docking and ties, we are almost at full capacity for slips 40ft and up. Because of this, we only have a few slips available and with additional requests and other reservations, it provides us with even less options to assign reservations to. Again, we apologize that you had a difficult time with our staff and that your experience was not better. Our harbor master has been notified of everything involving this situation. We hope you do consider coming back to Burnham in the future, and we will work with your specific requests to ensure you have a great vacation and reservation here.

About Burnham Harbor

Please Note: 2-3 night minimum may be charged for special events of holidays. Burnham Harbor has a 30' 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’-100’+ 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 Ship’s 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.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Floating Docks
  • Ice
  • Launch Ramp
  • Laundry
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Restaurant
  • Security
  • Ship Store
  • Showers
  • Wireless Internet


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