Burnham Harbor, IL

Lat: 41° 51.148   Long: 087° 36.551

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City, Man-made
  • Monitors VHF: 9, 16
  • Charts: NOS 14927 14928
  • Customs: Yes
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code312
Harbor Master312-747-7009


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Montrose Harbor, 7.25 N Chicago Harbor Light 2.6 N
Belmont Harbor 6.2 N DuSable Harbor 2.5 N
Diversey Harbor 5.65 N Monroe Harbor 2.0 N


Burnham Harbor, like Monroe and DuSable Harbors to the north, is right in the centre of Chicago's waterfront. It sits at the heart of Chicago's great venues, surrounded with museums, galleries and McCormick Place - important to sailors as it is the home of the Chicago Boat Show.


Burnham Harbor's entrance is on its south side, between Northerly Island (the former Meigs Airfield) and the shoreline. The entrance is marked by the Burnham Park Harbor Light - Fl GREEN.


Burnham Harbor   (312) 747-7009   VHF 9, 16
Burnham Harbor is a huge marina with berthing for 1,120 boats. At least two dozen are set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. Water and power are available at dockside. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The grounds have picnic and BBQ areas. There is internet access. The marina is right in front of extensive waterfront parkland and some of Chicago's most visited attractions.

Burnham Park Yacht Club   (312) 427-4664   
BPYC is located in the northeast corner of the harbor. They may have transient slips available. The clubhouse has restrooms and showers. There is a dining room and bar.


There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Burnham Harbor. See Chicago Port review for options. Go to Chicago

The closest grocery store is Jewel-Osco, to the northeast of the harbor.

The nearest bank is BMO-Harris Bank, west of the harbor. There is a Bank of America ATM at the Field Museum, adjacent to the north end of the harbor.


Mercy Hospital (312) 567-2000 is the closest medical centre, located just south of the harbor.

Linda's Pharmacy (312) 791-0533 is the nearest drug store, located southwest of the harbor.


The dining experiences open to a cruising sailor in Chicago, especially in downtown Chicago, are virtually unlimited. For those who like to dine out, it is well worth getting a restaurant guidebook.

In the area northwest of Burnham Harbor, you may want to check out Plymouth Restaurant with its great roof-top bar and deck. The Russian Tea Time Restaurant serves authentic traditional Russian fare. Everest - on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, is an outstanding French restaurant serving great food and fabulous views. Millers Pub is a classic Chicago pub with a wide selection of micro brews, great food and a terrific atmosphere. Monks Pub carries a wide selection of Belgian beers.

Immediately to the west is the Weather Mark Tavern. This is a nautical-themed pub and restaurant where any sailor would feel at home. Tapas Valencia is an authentic Spanish restaurant and tapas bar also located immediately west of the harbor. They have great tapas and a terrific wine list.


From Burnham Harbor, all of Chicago's exciting and varied attractions are right at hand. A visiting sailor would be well-served by a guidebook that details all of the options available. Some things to keep on your list would be the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium with over 30,000 mammals, fish and birds! There is the Oceanarium with its whales and dolphins and the Museum of Science and Industry with its prized WWII exhibit - U505 which had been captured intact off the coast of Africa in 1944. Its fascinating to go through it - just remember to duck. (I didn't a few times!)

Chicago's Magnificent Mile offers outstanding shopping. Navy Pier, across the Chicago River to the north, is a huge lakefront entertainment complex and mall complete with IMAX Theatre, Childrens' Museum and outdoor amusement park. There are tour boats of every description offering everything from dinner and sunset cruises to trips up the Chicago River through the 'canyons' of the city. Explore this extensive City of Chicago tourism site to load up on ideas to get the most of your visit.

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