The Wilmette Harbor Club, located north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, includes a clubhouse with both indoor and outdoor dining, a gas dock, and mooring for several hundred boats. Since 1929 the Wilmette harbor's Sheridan Shore Yacht Club has hosted sailboat fleet racing during the summer months. Wilmette harbor is also home to the Sheridan Shore Sailing School for both adults and children.

Wilmette Harbor Club

This Friday, May 29th, is the start of “Phase 3” of Governor Pritzker’s gradual reopening of Illinois. Boaters will be able to increase their passengers using the following guidelines:

  • 25 feet: 6 Total Passengers, 4 Total Adults
  • 26 – 36 feet: 8 Total Passengers, 6 Total Adults
  • 36 > feet: 10 Total Passengers, 8 Total Adults

On behalf of the entire Wilmette Harbor Board, we thank you for your patience as we handle both the relentless high water as well as COVID-19 safety measures — we’ve had our hands full! Please continue to wear a protective mask while in the harbor parking lot, waiting for your dingy ride, and when on the dinghies. We want to keep both our members and our dinghy staff safe.


Also starting on the 29th, we will be opening the lower deck, upper deck, and firepit areas for outdoor seating. Tables will be spaced 6ft. apart and members and their guests are now allowed to be in groups of no more than 10.

The Buccaneer Bar will also open beginning Saturday, May 30th at 4pm. The bar will be open every:

  • Friday (6:00pm–10:00pm),
  • Saturday (11:30am–10:00pm), and
  • Sunday (11:30am–10:00pm).

We ask that you order your drink at the bar and enjoy it outside on one of the decks. Please no mingling or sitting at or around the bar area and please be respectful of social distancing. Bartenders will wear protective masks and gloves when serving cocktails. All cocktails will be a harbor charge—no cash at this time. We are working on our lunch program starting soon so stay tuned for details.

The new Ship's Store at Wilmette HarborWhat Else Is New?

What’s new at the harbor? We thought we’d share a few pictures of what we’ve been working on as we continue to spruce up the harbor and clubhouse!

New Ship's Store

The Buccaneer Bar now boasts a brand new “Ship's Store” with all kinds of cool Wilmette Harbor Club / SSYC sailing gear. Jeri Traub can help you with sizes and colors and best of all you can put it on your WHC tab! You can also place orders through the online Ship's Store.

Wilmette Harbor BuilingClubhouse

Is that a ship’s wheel on the front of the building? And where did the garbage dumpsters go? As you can see in the photos we’ve been busy making the Wilmette Harbor look even more nautical with a giant wooden ship’s wheel gracing the front of our clubhouse. New landscaping, including dozens of new “harborvitae” (harbor + arborvitae) softening up the front and screening those eyesore dumpsters.

Thanks Hyde and Jeri – the clubhouse gets more and more fun every summer!

Again, welcome back to the harbor and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon!


Matt Bevenour
President, Wilmette Harbor Club