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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 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.
If you haven’t booked with Len, you need to do it. I told him I was booking a boat for my birthday with my friends and he went out of his way to buy happy birthday banners and whatnot to make it a great experience. The weather was a bit rainy and choppy the day we went, and Len’s experience made me and my crew feel extremely comfortable because he knows how to drive a boat. Len is there to make sure you feel comfortable and he is great with conversations as well. Book this boat!
John and his team were super nice and communicated well throughout the rental process. Our initial trip was rescheduled due to weather but it was a smooth process. The Yacht itself is very nice, the crew and captain were friendly and worked with us on the boat route. Overall, we had a good time and would recommend it!
Our experience with Robert was great! He has many years of experience and a lot of connections which ended up helping our friend out. Unfortunately our friend got very seasick and Robert was able to work his magic to get her an emergency landing so she could get off the boat. He has a lot of knowledge about his city and overall it was a great experience
We had such a great time! I celebrated my birthday with a group of 20, it couldn't have been better. Captain and his wife were so fun, we went around the PlayPen. There were swimming mats and noodles provided for us along with a large cooler with ice. They both enjoyed the fun with us by dancing to music and encouraging photos! Such sweet people. Highly recommend!
Our experience renting Chris’s boat was great! The boat was beautiful and in great condition, and the price was reasonable for a holiday. We highly recommend booking Captain Dan Chavez as your captain as well! He was super fun and made sure we were safe and secure the whole time.
We had an awesome experience on Dragonfly. Greg arrived on time to pick us up and we immediately headed out onto the lake. Greg listened to what we needed as a new sailing couple and really delivered. Greg is extremely knowledgeable and a good teacher. We had a lot of fun, highly recommend Greg and Cait. We will be back aboard the next time we're in Chicago.