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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 is 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 have 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 weather and relaxed waters make the time of year ideal for your travel plans and add 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 a 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.
Very happy with our booking! The weather was looking iffy and Nijole was super accommodating shifting the time to allow for better weather. The boat ride was super fun and they took us around on the lake. They took care of everything and we didn’t have to worry about anything just enjoy !
I reached out to Shay to book a boat for my wife's 30th birthday. Everything about this experience was very easy. The communication between Shay and I was timely and easy. Captain Mike is a must have to maximize your experience. We (most importantly she) could not have been happier with how the day turned out. I will certainly be reaching out to Shay for future bookings.
Troy was a great and quick communicator prior to the trip and was able to swap our time no problem! He answered all our questions and provides a great guide for what to expect the day of your visit. Captain Charles and Nick were great the day of the trip. We had a fun time celebrating the bride to be! I highly recommend Troy’s boats if you’re wanting a fun boat cruise!
My husband I were new to the marina, so it was a bit difficult to find it, and also to find parking. Fortunately, parking was very close to the dock, at 31st Street Beach Parking, and it seemed to be free though there were several parking meters there (they did not seem to work). The dock was easy to find once we were at the marina, and John immediately greeted us as we came near. His crew and he were super friendly and we started our voyage very soon after we boarded. His crew, Daryl and Tony, were very friendly, excellent guides, and the yacht was extremely well-kept and clean. While we were unsure about navigating around the boat, especially to the front of the boat, Daryl and Tony provided plenty of assistance and brought us our food and drinks at the front of the boat. Also, the view, perched on the upper deck was fantastic as well. We had a great view of the Chicago skyline as we navigated around McCormick Place, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and LakeShore Drive near the John Hancock building. It surprisingly took my husband 12 years for him to enjoy a yacht in Chicago, and he and I live by the lake. This was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable events we did in Chicago, and my husband and I will definitely do this again in the near future with John Valentino and his crew.
My dad, a Navy Veteran, was finally laid to rest upon the majestic waters of Lake Michigan. Capt. Bob made this solemn experience a once in a lifetime event. He took us out on his perfectly clean boat to the cribs with a perfect view of the Chicago skyline so I would have a beautiful spot to scatter my beloved dad's ashes. He made this event better than I could have ever imagined. Thanks, Capt. Bob, for an event to be cherished forever. Rest in Glory, Mitchell Glaser! You will be missed...
Amazing!! My party booked this as a graduation event. We did an evening tour along the lakefront and the river, and the views at night were incredible. Captain Mike was amazing. The website makes communicating with boat owner easy- this was my first time doing this and I asked probably a ridiculous amount of questions and he kindly answered everything very promptly. The boat was excellent - with amenities such as water toys and an indoor space with AC, a kitchen with a frig sink and microwave. The stereo system was a highlight - steaming music from our phones throughout the boat. We all had a wonderful time.
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