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. JB
    Jacki
    Captained Charter this 36' C & C Cruising Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    We had a wonderful time sailing with Nijole and her husband Remus (I probably spelled that wrong, apologies!). Lake Michigan and views of Chicago are stunning, we had perfect weather, and the boat and her crew were wonderful. Highly recommended, especially as a somewhat "physically distanced" option in these times.

  2. RG
    Rachel
    38 ft Sea Ray Sundancer Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago -

    Michael was very accommodating during the booking process and was very patient while helping us sort through times for a last minute booking. The boat itself was awesome and everyone enjoyed the Maui mat that they have on board. The captain was great and made sure even my 10 yr old niece had a great time. We will definitely be booking again!

  3. Se
    Sahar
    Massive open layout! Big boat!

    Highly recommend this company! If you are looking for a great boat rental and want to work with a professional group of people, I highly recommend Chicago yachting. We had an amazing experience and night out on the boat. The boat we rented was very clean and spacious. It was perfect for our sunset lake/river cruise. The company provides you with a list of captains so if you don’t have a boaters license (like me), you don’t have to worry. All in all, we had a wonderful time and will rent through Chicago yachting again!

  4. MH
    Mel
    Charters 44ft "Liquid Asset" Sea Ray Express Bridge Motor Yacht In Chicago, IL

    We had an amazing day on July 4th. Shawn was super thorough in communication. The boat was amazing. The captain and second hand were some of the coolest people I have encountered in a while. The experience was unparalleled. There were also so many amenities - hands down it was worth every penny and even a few more.

  5. CB
    Chris
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi, WEEKDAY SPECIALS!

    From start to finish, Len made the entire experience fantastic. He did everything he possibly could to accommodate our group of 6 and we had a blast. Len shared great information on the history of Chicago and was an exceptional tour guide. Will be booking again!

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

    This was a beautiful boat and a wonderful experience for anyone. I took my daughter and her friends and they enjoyed sunning themselves and listening to music with the beautiful scenery and ride. Highly recommend it! Shawn was responsive to our needs and flexible with our last minute request. Loved it!