Burnham Harbor

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.


LAT: 41.860340 LONG: -87.612652
From Land

Exit Lake Shore Drive onto 18th Street and follow it east towards the harbor.  The turnabout and harbor office will be on your right hand side at the intersection with Waldron.  Alternatively, you can also exit McFetridge and turn right on Museum Campus Drive to get to the harbor office or turn left and down towards the Planetarium to get to Northerly Island and East Burnham Harbor.

Channels Monitored

Channels 9 & 16: hailing

Channel 71: working

1559 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 747-7009

Services & Amenities

  • 1126 Slips, Star Docks, and Mooring Cans
  • Accommodations for Boats 28′-100′+
  • Slips have Power and Water
  • Floating Boater Bathrooms
  • Beautiful Museum Campus and Soldier Field
  • Mast Stepping Service at Yacht Club
  • Fuel Dock
  • Harbor Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 3-Lane Launch Ramp
  • Complimentary Pump-out Stations
  • Transient Dockage
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