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

    We had a totally seamless, perfect experience! I had never chartered a boat before, and it couldn’t have gone any more smoothly. Shawn was very nice and responsive, and the boat was beautiful! Our captain and crew were very professional and made us feel very comfortable the day of. I’d highly recommend this to anyone and will definitely look to do this again next year!

  2. JS
    Jasmine
    Captained Charter this 36' C & C Cruising Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    Nijole and her husband were just amazing! Even though we were a little late, they welcomed us with enthusiasm and ensured that our time onboard was comfortable and enjoyable. Nijole took great care of us and gave us blankets and pillows to make us comfortable and keep us warm. The couple are super nice and hospitable, very warm and welcoming and made us feel like family. We were celebrating my sister’s birthday and Nijole encouraged her to take a swim in the after too, which she enjoyed immensely. Overall, I would recommend Nijole to host anyone on Harmony! Super fun experience!

  3. VL
    Victor
    46 ft Prestige Flybridge Luxury Yacht Rental in Chicago 12 People

    I believe this is one of the best yachts I saw at the harbor. Nice and clean inside. Easy to reach out Armand and highly recommend our caption Martin. Will be back and book again next time!

  4. AM
    Adi
    Captained Charter this 36' C & C Cruising Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    Nijole is the best. She helped us do things that we would not ordinarily do. Nijole and her husband were also very good at communication with us and made sure we were comfortable through the time we were onboard. I highly recommend Nijole.

  5. MB
    Michelle
    46 ft Prestige Flybridge Luxury Yacht Rental in Chicago 12 People

    We had a group of 12 people. Everyone had a wonderful time and are talking about doing this again next year. It was easy to communicate with the owner and our Captain, Martin, was great. Boat was clean and in good repair. There were many seating areas and was easy to move about to mingle. Would highly recommend!

  6. AW
    Ariel
    38 ft Sea Ray Sundancer Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago -

    Mike was helpful, honest, and a great host. The boat was as pictured- the outdoor seating space is a little tight to fit all 12 people, so we split half up front and half in the back by the end of the trip. It was very easy to book the boat on this site, and Mike was attentive the week before, sending a message and then via text message and calls to make sure we found the proper location etc. Members of the group have already asked for his contact info to book more trips on this boat! Would definitely rent with Mike again, great experience.