Montrose Harbor, the Chicago Harbors

$3.50/ft - $6/ft

Not Offered

Day Trip
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601 W Montrose Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 71

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17 Reviews

by Edward M. - Verified user on May 20, 2024
It is a beautiful harbor and great for people watching. There is a lot going on around the harbor, and thankfully the police chase out those partying around 11. I only give it three stars because the price ($130/night + $10 electricity) makes the the most expensive harbor on the lake, the bathrooms were not very clean and some were out of toilet paper, the shower drain was clogged so that the shower water found a way out the door. It would be good to have a shelf to put the clean clothes on and a chair to sit on to put on shoes, etc. I expect better bathrooms for $130 a night.

by Andrew B. - Verified user on May 08, 2024
No response to reservation request. Update: Marina called within 1 hour of 1 star review, but chose to let dockwa reservation request expire after 6 days of no response. Seemed upset they didn't know how Dockwa worked and blamed me for not calling the marina? Dockwa reservation requests expire after 6 days of no action, as did mine. It's not my job to train marina staff on dockwa, nor will I call the marina if you are using an online booking service when there are other more responsive options nearby. (Belmont harbor provided a slip assignment in less than 20 min of dockwa request once I saw Montrose harbor reservation request had expired). Yes the reservation was for August, but it's also A&W Show weekend so who knows when it's going to book up. I raised the review from 1 to 3 stars as I appreciate the phone call, but your customer service style is confusing to say the least and a week too late.
Marina Response:
Hi Andrew. Thank you for taking the time to make this review. We have been running around getting ready for the busy season ahead. We will make sure this does not happen again, and look forward to all new reservation requests! We hope you enjoy your stay at Belmont Harbor! Tell the staff we say hello. Have a great day, Montrose Harbor

by Suzanne B. - Verified user on May 06, 2024
Security is very bad, Otherwise this is a great harbor

by Lisa B. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Great service from marina staff, clean restrooms, big improvements!! Can’t wait to come back, Thanks Gavin!

by Kevin F. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2023
We just completed a circle boat tour of Lake Michigan, staying in 13 marinas, with Chicago Montrose being the last. The average overnight fee was about $69, yet Montrose was $165. The other marinas had beautiful facilities, including spotless bathroom/showers, supply stores, pools, help with docking, and nice boater lounges. Montrose had none of these, just a goose-poop-covered docking space about a 3 block walk from the dirty bathroom/showers. I love Chicago, but it continues to be by far the worst port on Lake Michigan to visit, along with being by far the most expensive. Not boater friendly in the least.

by Nicholas j. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
Great people, nice clean park.

by Joe L. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2023
Very friendly personnel. Great location - walking distance to Wrigley Field and lots of restaurants. People at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club could not have been nicer. The bathrooms at “F” dock seemed a mile away, and they needed to be better cleaned. Sadly, there was a lot of trash and sticks in the harbor. Caution.

by Michael A. - Verified user on Jun 21, 2023
Friendly, welcoming

by Joseph R. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2022
Everything went perfect. Thank you Chicago Harbors!

by Nick B. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2022
Great stay and very helpful staff.

by Jim M. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2021
We arrived late after sailing and motoring for 6 hours from Waukegan to find that our assigned pier was occupied by another boat. No one was aboard this boat so we could not resolve the situation and had to dock elsewhere. No one was available in the harbor office or at Dockwa to help us.

by Daniel R. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2019
Good stay, good people running the place, great location, friendly neighbors. I am normally in Montrose harbor on a mooring can, but rented the slip for the weekend for air and water show. I did get shoehorned into a 30' slip for my 33' while paying for the full freight for my length. It ended up being fine but tight getting in and hanging off the end. Docks were fairly dirty, some wort of green slime that got tracked all over the boat if wet (rained quite a bit), they definitely could use a power washing. The bathrooms are the main focus of this review, because they are horrible. From the beginning of the weekend, before the Air and Water show rush, they were overflowing and nasty. Toilet paper was empty and water was flowing under the doors of many rooms all weekend. I typically don't use the bathrooms or showers here, since I am on a can, but I can't even imagine having to take a shower here. You would end up dirtier than you started. I am not sure I fault the staff, it's just a poorly designed floating bathroom, which makes the task of cleaning a lot harder. A serious investment should be made in the bathrooms.

by Karen K. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2018
Excellent! Love the location! There was another boat in my assigned slip when I arrived, but after calling the harbor master, the situation was quickly resolved!

by John L. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2018
Pulled in to the dock and slip we had reserved, and it had a boat in it. The next slip over was empty, so we tied up there. I tried to contact the harbor office, but there was no answer. When the people in our slip showed up we found that this is common that someone from another harbor will get a call from a friend in Montrose with a number of slips that are open so they come in , Tie up, go to dinner, then leave. it was kind of funny that when the first boat left, there was another that pulled in based on a similar contact. not a big deal, as we were able to stay in the next slip. Shower and bathroom facilities were less than pleasant. based on the price paid versus the price we have paid at other harbors all the way to Michigan, it was not that good of a value.

by Martin G. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2018
Lots of garbage in the water. Toilet and shower facilities need repair and updating. Slip assigned was on “party pier”, crowded and not convenient. WiFi not available. Overpriced for what you get! The location is very good, a few steps from the Montrose beach and the beach restaurant.

by Matthew S. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2017
There for air and water show. great fun. As i have said before, i love the location but not the best amenities

by Jeff H. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2017
Effortless seemless peaceful excellent dock location

About Montrose Harbor, the Chicago Harbors

Montrose Harbor is located on the northern edge of Lincoln Park, a short walk from Montrose Beach. With a great neighborhood feel, Montrose offers outstanding northern views of the skyline, a strong dinghy fleet, and friendly boaters that call the harbor home. Easy access to parks and beaches along with its location that straddles Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville make it a favorite amongst families. Home to the Corinthian Yacht Club, the harbor has 711 slips, mooring cans, and star docks that can accommodate boats from 25’-50’ in length.

Transient docking is available; please call the harbor directly for reservations any time after May 15. Waste Pump-out equipment is provided on a no-charge basis. The harbor monitors channels 9 and 16 and the switch to/working channel is 71. Reservations cannot be requested more than 21 days in advance of arrival.


  • Water Hookup
  • Electrical


  • Launch Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Security
  • Groceries
  • Floating Docks
  • Land Storage
  • Travel Lift



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