Illinois Boat Hire

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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 hire 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 hire, 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.

  1. MR
    Sea Ray Sundancer 45' for Charter in Chicago

    This boat and experience were amazing! Michael was very easy to work with. They did have to change our departure time to earlier, which was not what was originally planned, but he adjusted the price for us. Danny was our captain and was excellent. No complaints from this group. Would definitely rent this boat again!!

  2. FS
    Frances Rose
    38ft Sea Ray Sundancer Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago!!

    Thank you so much for hosting my boyfriend & his friends for his birthday celebration. They had an amazing time. He can’t stop telling me about everything from the awesome captain & his wife to showing them a different view of boat life on the Chicago River. & of course he’s bragging all about how beautiful & well kept your boat is. You’re doing a great job. We will definitely be using you in the future. Thanks again.

  3. IR
    Sea Ray Sundancer 45' for Charter in Chicago

    Our Captain Danny was awesome! The boat was very clean with plenty of room for the 8 of us including two small children who became Captain Danny’s friends. The weather was perfect for touring city and swimming on the lily pad provided. Thank you!

  4. KC
    43' Sea Ray Express Cruiser - Play Pen Bound For Fun And Relaxation

    Dana's boat was a perfect vessel for our Lake Michigan outing. Dana was easy to communicate with and made sure we had everything to make our boating trip fabulous. Captain Adam easily managed the big boat and adeptly managed the rough waters. Highly recommend. We look forward to returning next year, Dana!

  5. QG
    HUGE affordable boat! Best rates for your group of up to 12!

    Chris's boat was amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. The boat was beautiful and Chris was great about communicating what we needed to do in order to make our experience as smooth as possible. We used Capt Dan Chavez to drive our boat and I can not recommend him enough. He was a great time and so knowledgeable about the boat. Overall, an amazing experience that we hope to repeat at the end of the summer!

  6. AW
    Trident 38' Pontoon Party Boat for Charter in Chicago

    My group had a superb experience onboard. I could not have asked for a better experience. Elizabeth and Michael are the sweetest couple! Elizabeth was an absolutely delightful hostess. She was very attentive, observant, and kind. We enjoyed just hanging out in the playpen and relaxing while the sunset. I will likely try the river next time. I worried 3 hours wasn’t going to be enough but it felt like a nice leisurely time, and I was 30 minutes late. :| Greg was very accommodating as well. I had to change my reservation a couple times and he was very kind and responded quickly to my messages. I would highly recommend this experience!!