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PARTY BOATS FunTime1 in Chicago
hour$700
Super Owner20 guests

PARTY BOATS FunTime1 in Chicago

Sunday Funday
hour$200
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 rental 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 rentals, 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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    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.

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    Archit
    37' Jeanneau Cruising Sailboat Fully Certified Captained Charter in Chicago

    Chartering with Cait and Greg was a great experience, be it the back and forth during booking or the actual sailing. The boat was perfect for our group of 6 for a fun summer weekend experience. Both of them are welcoming and warm hosts. For the ones hesitant due to COVID, the boat was very clean and felt safe. Highly recommend booking!

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

    We rented Armand's boat to celebrate some family birthdays and it was fantastic! The boat is beautiful and definitely well cared for. I love that there were places to hang out and eat inside and at the rear on the first level, as well as on the second level and places to lay at the front of the boat. There's also a platform at the rear to jump out and swim. Russ was our captain and Richie the deckhand and they were very knowledgeable and kind. They were very punctual and accommodating as the day we were supposed to go out was storming and they allowed us to reschedule to the following day. I would definitely recommend both this boat and Russ / Richie as your crew.

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

    I am very happy to have found Nijole's listing online. My group and I had a great experience sailing on the Harmony. Nijole and her husband were very informative and kind. I recommend anyone interested in a sail boat to visit the Harmony.

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

    Nijole and her husband were the perfect hosts. They embody professionalism, safety, and fun. Nijole knows exactly when and how to give her guests space to have fun, while also remaining present to keep her guests comfortable and safe. Most importantly, she knows how to maximize her guests' enjoyment. She gives excellent advice and offers to help her guests take pictures, party, etc. We are so glad our first experience was with such an excellent host. We can't imagine going with any one else now.