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Boat Hire in Chicago

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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.

Boat 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 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.

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

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33' Captained Yacht Charter in Chicago!

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USCG CAPTAIN SeaRay 41 foot Motor Yacht Charter in Chicago, Illinois 31 St Marina, Licensed for up to 6 Passengers

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38' Cruising Catamaran Charter in Chicago, Illinois

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26' Deck Boat Charter in Chicago, Illinois

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Classic Shannon Sailboat w/Professional Captain for Charter in Chicago

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32' Cruising Monohull Charter in Chicago, Illinois

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30' Luxury Yacht with Captain Party up to 12

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Rent a 38 ft Cruising Catamaran, Lagoon 380 in Chicago, Illinois

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Charter 40' Cabin Cruiser Motor Yacht In Chicago, Illinois

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Affordable Luxury Aboard the S/V Nightswimming

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Sleep Aboard Adeline’s Sea Moose: 68 ft Private Yacht @ Burnham Harbor

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42' Motor Yacht rental in Chicago

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Chicago Private Yacht Rentals @ Burnham Harbor

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Charter a 31' Pearson Cruising Sloop, Chicago

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Enjoy Chicago, on a beautiful Party Boat "FunTime 1"

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36 ft "Many Times II" Motor Yacht Fishing Charter or Party Cruising in Chicago, Illinois

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Beautiful Fun Yacht for Lake Michigan

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Charter 38ft "Jolly Mon" Sun Dancer Motor Yacht In Chicago, Illinois

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Charter 31' Hunter Sloop In Chicago, Illinois

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44 ft "Floating B&B" Motor Yacht Charter in Chicago, Illinois

hour£159
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Charter a 40ft Endurance Sailboat for 6 People in Chicago, Illinois

hour£143
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Sailing Charter On 36' Catalina Cruising Monohull In Chicago, Illinois

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Motor Yacht rental in Chicago

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Charter 40ft "Nebula" Beneteau Sailboat In Chicago, Illinois

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