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The Best Boat Hire Near Chicago, Illinois

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What to Know About Boats for Hire in Chicago

When you’re not walking around the busy city, attending an outdoor festival, or running along the path, checking out boat hires in Chicago is a great way to experience Chicago. Once you are on a boat, you will see beautiful views of the skyline and downtown, and you can really disconnect from the hustle and bustle. Although famous for being the Windy City, boat lovers know that this epithet rarely does justice to Chicago. You have endless options for finding boat hires, yacht charters, and fishing charters in Chicago. You can choose from powerboats, cruises, party pontoon boats, sailing charters, motor yachts, Jet Ski Hire, and more. The city’s typically continental type of climate which includes hot summers and pleasant spring and fall seasons which adds its own charm to explore the waterways. The temperate weathers and relaxed waters makes the time of year ideal for your travel plans.

Although the seasons are open for boating all year round in Illinois, the best time of year to enjoy the water and find a boat hire in Chicago 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 has some great areas for relaxing and enjoying the city’s beautiful summer weather.

If you are looking to visit one of the most popular boating destinations in Chicago, then hire a boat to visit the Playpen. The Playpen, is a breakwall protected area that is right in front of Lake Shore Drive. Charter a yacht and go out for a fun filled day on the water, then walk over for some of the best nightlife in town.

The city promises thousands of kilometers of shoreline and many beautiful lakes. Add to that the splendid view of Chicago’s skyline from the water and you have an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. Events in the Chicago area take place all year round so finding activities to keep you busy will not be difficult. During the summer, all harbors open for most of the season. Try booking a trip during the Chicago Air and Water show and watch the event festivities from the water. Simply cruise towards Navy Pier for a view that you will remember for life. Take a day or a night cruise in one of the powerboats and don’t forget to watch the fireworks near Navy Pier on Wednesday and Saturday nights. In fact, if watching the show is on your bucket list, it is best to take a fireworks cruise and enjoy it from the water. Columbia Beach is a hidden gem with great views without the crowds. The 31st Street Beach in the South Side has a nearby park and there’s easy access for small boats.

There are many great boating destinations in and around Chicago including Winthrop Harbor, Hammond, Waukegan, Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Winnetka. If trekking is your thing, you may even explore the Fox and Crystal Lakes for a nice boating experience.

Boating Events in Chicago

Whether you are looking for a boat hire for a hens party or a birthday party, there are some very popular days to hire a boat and head out on the water. If you are looking to hire a boat for the Chicago Air and Water Show, we suggest you book far in advance of August because these dates book up months in advance.

Need a captained yacht charter for the Chicago Boat Scene Party? We have you covered. GetMyBoat has all sorts of captained charters so that you can celebrate the 16 year tradition that is hosted in the Playpen. It is advised to book a rental early as this is the second most popular day to hit the waters.

Marinas Around Chicago

Chicago is comprised of over 24 marinas that are able to hold thousands of boats in their combined slips. While marinas are spread out across the town, a few of the most popular marinas in Chicago are Burnham Harbor, DuSable Harbor, Diversey Harbor Lagoon, Belmont Harbor, River City Marina, Monroe Harbor, and 31st Street Harbor. These harbors give access to some of Chicago’s best boating hot spots and are close by hotels and plenty of city life.

About Chicago

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.

The best times to visit and hire a boat in Chicago is in the summer months between June and August. Between these months you can expect the temperature to be around the high 10s to high 36s °C, depending on if there are any unforeseen heatwaves. Even though the temperatures will tend to be on the higher side, it is advised to bring layers while boating because it can get breezy and is also known to rain in August. The summer months in Chicago are also great for boating because of the long days with sunrise around 6:00 and sunset around 20:00.

Once you’re docked, check out some of Chicago’s outdoor spaces on foot, including nearby parks, sculptures, and events. Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean, is one such sculpture, located in the middle of Millennium Park. The Bean makes for great vacation photos and there are thousands of photos tagged here on Instagram. Lincoln Park and Grant Park are also excellent spots to visit. If you are interested in Chicago’s unique events, check out their food, music, and dance festivals throughout the year. Lollapalooza, Chicago Dancing Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Food Truck Social are just few of the many events held in the area.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Chicago.

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    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!

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    Samuel
    46 ft Prestige Flybridge Luxury Yacht Rental in Chicago 12 People

    Great experience for our group of 12! The captains were safe, had great insight on how we should map our day, and were very professional. Would definitely book again!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.