Getting to Waukegan Harbor and Marina may be easier than you thought. It’s just about an hour north of Chicago for an easy and quick drive by car. It’s also in walking distance from the Metra station, the Union Pacific/North Line route from Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago, ending in Waukegan. The Waukegan National Airport is only about 30 minutes from the harbor and marina. It’s a public airport offering full service. Bait shops, sandwich shops, ice cream shops, and other services are also within walking distance from the marina and Metra station.

The Marina in Waukegan is open to the public offering full service with a very convenient lakefront location and promenade. The nearby beach and park are favorites for locals as well as anyone who keeps their boat docked at the marina. Slips are available for small boats, sailboats, and luxury yachts.

The slip rates are very reasonable, with no hidden taxes, fees, or charges for boaters from out of town. There are no extra charges for safe onsite parking, satellite TV, dock boxes, dock carts, or water/electrical hook ups. You’ll love the amenities the Marina in Waukegan offers:

  • Laundry room
  • Full washrooms with showers
  • Fish cleaning station
  • New launch ramps
  • Full service fuel pier
  • 24-hour security
  • Wi-Fi service
  • Shuttle service with bicycles to take you to your boat from the parking lot

Even if you don’t own a boat, there are plenty of charters available for you and your family to catch plenty of fish for your dinner or enjoyment. Some of the more popular fish caught in Lake Michigan include: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Brown trout, Lake trout, and Rainbow trout.

The marina’s Ship Store is open seven days a week and is located in the Harbor Building. You’ll find everything you need for a successful fishing trip or leisure outing on Lake Michigan. They even have dog treats, collars, leads, and toys for your fur baby, so bring your pet with you.

When visiting the marina, plan to stay overnight or for the weekend at a resort in Waukegan, right on the lake. You’ll find beautiful golf courses, excellent restaurants, and full-service spas with excellent views of Lake Michigan. Don’t forget to make a reservation at your resort in Waukegan as this is a very popular place to enjoy time away from the big city, especially since it’s so close to Chicago.