Illinois Boat Hire

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PARTY BOATS FunTime1 in Chicago
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PARTY BOATS FunTime1 in Chicago

Sunday Funday
hour£154
Super Owner8 guests

Sunday Funday

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.

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    Elisha
    38 ft Sea Ray Sundancer Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago -

    Boat was as described. We had 7 people and the captain and it was the perfect amount of people for comfort.It was great hanging out in the seated area or going on top and viewing the city. Life jackets were provided and very clean. Also came with sink of ice and a cooler with 2 bags of ice. We had Captain Danny who was very accomodating and would for sure book again. One thing we didnt know if that we could be picked up on the Riverwalk for an extra cost which would have been awesome and would for sure do next time. Had a great time on our trip to Chicago

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    Avtar
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    Len is a great host, and is absolutely delightful. He will ensure that you and your companions have a great trip, which we absolutely did. Moreover, Len is very polite, and thoughtful. We actually forget to bring drinks on the trip, and Len came in for the rescue with all the flavors of Bubly. Also at the end of the night, Len even gave us a ride home, when our Uber failed to arrive. I can’t stress this enough, not only is Len polite, profesional, and charming, he is a great companion. Whenever, we were bored or the conversation would die down, Len would come in with the rescue. Lastly, I know this review has been centered around Len, but we should also talk about the boat. Len’s boat is in immaculate condition, and the stereo system is great. You will have carte Blanche to visit whatever areas and listen to whatever music you like while Len drives. During the COVID outbreak, I’ve felt very safe and secure on his boat, which is no small feat, because I am a person who wears masks, stays up-to-date on changes and recommendations from state authorities, and regularly washes his hands.

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    Joshua
    46 ft Prestige Flybridge Luxury Yacht Rental in Chicago 10 People Due to Covid Restricitons

    Martin was AWESOME!!! He made our experience outstanding and really took time to tailor the experience to our liking. The yacht was gorgeous and kept up amazingly well. Without a doubt, we will be booking again... and with Martin!!!

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

    We had a great time with Nijole and Rimus. They were wonderful hosts and made our experience on Harmony unique and unforgettable. We admired their love of sailing and the lake and sharing that with us. We would definitely recommend taking a trip with them!

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    Alanna
    Massive open layout! Big boat!

    Booking was easy. Chris was available for questions and provided us with a list of captains. He sent waivers before the day of the trip so paperwork and check-in process was quick and painless on the day of. The boat was clean, spacious, and comfortable. Great setup for a group. Captain Stephen was friendly and flexible on where we wanted to explore on the boat. Thanks so much for an amazing day, Chris!

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    Cassandra
    38 ft Sea Ray Sundancer Motor Yacht Rental in Chicago -

    Nick and Mike were awesome and really helped to ensure that our group had a great time. They were very accommodating and friendly. We enjoyed our day on the beautiful Yacht and would recommend this to anyone/everyone. We will definitely book through them again and I have already passed his information along to a friend since I told her about our wonderful experience.