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. CF
    Chelsea
    HUGE affordable boat! Best rates for your group of up to 12!

    We used Chris for my bachelorette weekend in Chicago for a day on the water & had the absolute best time. There was even a last minute cancellation from the captain and Chris took care of everything to ensure we had a replacement so I didn't have to stress at all. Would 10/10 recommend for your day out on the lake!

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    Dana
    40ft "Formula 40 PC" Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago, Illinois

    Everything was perfect! Captain jack was very sweet and had a great sense of humor. He was very accommodating to our group. Everything went really well and the group said they had a lot of fun. Would definitely recommend and will hopefully book again with Grace and Captain jack again :) thank you very much!

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    Carly
    40ft "Formula 40 PC" Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago, Illinois

    This was hands down the easiest way to coordinate such a fun boat day. Grace answered every one of my questions almost immediately and was so helpful during the booking and coordinating process. Captain Jack was so skilled and friendly and we all felt safe with him behind the wheel. The photos are absolutely accurate and the boat is beautiful. I would recommend this boat to anyone looking for a great experience with their friends!

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    Sarah
    40ft "Formula 40 PC" Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago, Illinois

    Captain Jack and the boat were awesome and even better in person than the photos! Tons of cooler and fridge space for our drinks. Lots of space to hang out in the sun and shade. The kitchen and bathroom area was very spacious. Perfect day, highly recommend!

  5. LE
    Lizmarie
    40ft "Formula 40 PC" Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago, Illinois

    This was our first time in Chicago and it was a great way to see Chicago from the Lake Michigan perspective. Captain Jack was friendly and very knowledgeable, pointing out landmarks on the way. Very flexible as to where we wanted to go and see. The boat was beautiful and very clean. We had a great time and got some wonderful pictures. Highly recommend this trip!

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    David
    40ft "Formula 40 PC" Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago, Illinois

    My wife and I has an excellent experience in our night skyline and river Sailing. Captain Jack is absolutelly profesional and the boat and it’s equipment is in impresive conditions. In general, our expectations were exceded. I definetelly highly recomend the boat, captain and overall experience.