Find The Best Boat Rentals in Illinois.

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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.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Illinois.

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    Niki
    Trident 38' Pontoon Party Boat for Charter in Chicago

    Highly recommend this boat service - our group had a fantastic time. It was amazing that the boat had a full bathroom on board as well as plenty of space for us to socialize. We had a great time docking at the playpen and can't wait to use Captain Greg's boat again.

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    Christine
    50' Multi-level Luxury Yacht with Captain Party up to 12

    We had so much fun! It was a great way for us to relax after a long stretch of meetings. Captain Jim was very nice and attentive to our group. Booking was easy and communication was great from the start. We will definitely be using them again! Thanks!

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    PJ
    33' Captained Yacht Charter in Chicago aboard SeaVibes!

    John was super professional, extremely easy to communicate with, conscious of our safety and such a great vibe. He made our friend’s birthday so special and we cannot wait to book with him again. From the city tour to time in the playpen and everything in between, it was a perfect and awesome experience. Thank you so much, John!!

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    Stephanie
    Captained Charter this 36' C & C Cruising Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    Nijole was amazing and very attentive. My fiancé and I had our engagement photos on her boat and she was very accommodating and helpful. She knew the perfect spots to go by to have beautiful lighting and a gorgeous backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Her and her husband are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met! They made this experience exceed our expectations! And our photos turned out amazing! I would book with her again without hesitation.

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    Walise
    50' Multi-level Luxury Yacht with Captain Party up to 12

    I booked last minute and the response time was great. The Debonair was beautiful and immaculate. Captain Jim was great! He was very helpful and courteous. My guests loved him. We will definitely be booking this vessel again! If you want to have a wonderful time while enjoying our beautiful skyline, don’t hesitate to book the Debonair!

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    Charles
    50 ' Sea Ray Motor Yacht - Relax and Enjoy the Sun with Family or Friends!

    Our trip on the 50 foot sea ray was fantastic. Dana met us at the Harbor and escorted us to the boat and she was there when we got off the boat as well. Very nice lady very well-kept clean 50 foot sea ray. Great stereo system. Thanks so much!