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Illinois Boat Rentals

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With its beautiful blue waters and wonderful weather, Illinois is iconically known as the "Prairie State" for its farmland, forests, rolling hills, and wetlands. Located in the Midwest, it borders Indiana to the east and the Mississippi River to the west, is arguably one of the prime locations in the United States for a boating trip. Illinois is also home to the Chicago harbors and skylines, the famous Port of Chicago, and one of the world’s busiest airports, O’Hare International Airport. The northeastern part of the state is bordered by Lake Michigan, making it the ideal spot for avid boaters. If you are planning a boating trip to Illinois, there are plenty of destinations that will interest you while traveling here.

The seasons are open for boating all year round in Illinois, but the best time of year to enjoy the water and find a boat rental in Illinois is during the summer season. Illinois itself as a great state for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Most people don’t think of the Midwest when they think of beaches, but Chicago and Lake Michigan has some great areas for relaxing and enjoying the city’s beautiful summer weather. Illinois is known for a continental type of climate, which includes hot summers and pleasant spring and fall seasons. The temperate weathers and relaxed waters makes the time of year ideal for your travel plans and adds its own charm to explore the waterways.

When visiting Illinois, most tourists go boating in the Chicago area. As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is a vibrant urban destination with a lot to do and see. Its picturesque location on Lake Michigan, its stunning architecture, and its position as a cultural leader make Chicago a popular tourist destination. Many people love to visit the city and go out on the water to see Chicago’s beautiful skyline. From the water, you can see an number of iconic skyscrapers like the sleek Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.

Although famous for being the Windy City of Chicago, boat lovers know that this nickname rarely does justice to Chicago. You have endless options for finding boat rentals, yacht charters, and fishing charters in Chicago. You can choose to rent from powerboats, cruises, pontoon boats, motor yachts, fishing charters, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and more.

Lake Michigan is one of the biggest lakes in the U.S. and perhaps the most exciting in terms of boating activities. It is shared by four U.S. states: Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Its waterfront in each state is very different, giving the lake’s visitors the opportunity to explore the beautiful and unique scenery. Fishing is a natural part of the lake’s popular activities. There is a huge variety of fishing boats for rent, on a daily basis. Recreational boating in Lake Michigan is also a thrilling venture due to the plentiful islands, harbors, and lighthouses. The boating season in Lake Michigan usually opens up in the middle of May and extends through October.

With so much to offer both on land and on the water, your boating vacation in Illinois is sure to be one of the most action-packed and memorable trips that you have ever taken. The Windy City, Lake Michigan, and internationally-renowned attractions make it a natural choice for boaters with a wide variety of interests. Whether you enjoy cultural experiences, historic education opportunities, exciting nightlife, or gorgeous beaches, the cities of the Midwest can give boaters the chance to enjoy some of the best activities of the United States.

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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Illinois.

  1. EO
    Erin
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi, WEEKDAY SPECIALS!

    Captain Len is the Freakin BEST!!! I never leave reviews but this experience was way better than I could have ever thought so I have to share it with everybody. My family enjoyed every second of our day out with Len. He’s a very knowledgeable tour guide of Chicago too. Don’t hesitate to book with him, you won’t be disappointed!

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    Lauren
    Charters 44ft "Liquid Asset" Sea Ray Express Bridge Motor Yacht In Chicago, IL

    Highly recommend experience! I booked Shawn's boat for a day on the lake with friends visiting from out of town and it was easily one of the best days of the summer! The boat was in pristine condition--everything was as described. It was incredibly clean, spacious and equipped for any kind of day you are looking to have. Our Captain, Eric was amazing--he is very experienced and catered to our plans perfectly. Both Shawn and Eric were excellent communicators leading up to the day. Overall, everything went as smoothly as I could have imagined.

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    Manny
    Charters 44ft "Liquid Asset" Sea Ray Express Bridge Motor Yacht In Chicago, IL

    My guest and I had one of the best times on Liquid Asset. Shawn was very response to all my inquiries and our Captin, Jason was by far the best Captin I’ve experienced. I would highly recommend Shawn’s services. I will be back.

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    Romaytha
    Sailing Charter On 36' Catalina Cruising Monohull In Chicago, Illinois

    Erik and Catherine were very responsive and accommodating! The boat was comfortable, and they both did everything in their power to make it a smooth and enjoyable ride. I saved their contact info so I can refer my friends!

  5. VM
    Virginia
    Captained Charter this 36' C & C Cruising Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    Nijole and her husband were absolutely fantastic! She was extremely responsive to all communication and everything went exactly as planned. We booked a trip to watch the fireworks and they got us to a perfect spot for viewing. Wonderful experience and hope to do it again soon!

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    Christopher
    Charters 44ft "Liquid Asset" Sea Ray Express Bridge Motor Yacht In Chicago, IL

    Had a perfect time for a 4th of July fireworks tour at night. Boat is spacious and comfortable. Captain flexible and accommodating. Really was everything I was hoping for and expecting. Good value for at 4 hr cruise!