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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.

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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Illinois.

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    Ann
    Sunday Funday

    Had an excellent experience. Captain Josh was accommodating to my schedule, great communicator and his boat and abilities were top notch. I felt safe and enjoyed every moment. Would highly recommend.

  2. HM
    Hannah
    Sunday Funday

    Josh was an excellent captain. He was responsive and accurate during communications prior to our boat outing, he was easy to find, the boat was in great condition, and Josh made the day on the water an excellent experience. He even packed our cooler for us! Would absolutely go out on the boat Josh again.

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

    We had an amazing time with Captain Greg for a bachelorette party! The boat is spacious and well-equipped (bathroom, great speaker system, float for the water), and we appreciated that he had a large cooler and ice waiting for us upon our arrival. The entire booking process was easy and we appreciated Captain Greg's constant communication leading up to our trip.

  4. JW
    Joy
    Enjoy Chicago, on a beautiful Party Boat "FunTime 1"

    Wonderful demeanor and great guy is Captain Greg. Even in bad weather he made sure we all had fun etc. In the future if you need a table make sure you know to bring your own- for appetizers etc. Comfortable boat- and easy going. FUN.

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    Kristen
    Catalina 380 Sailing Monohull in Chicago, Illinois

    We had an awesome time! It was my first time on Get my boat and Marty was great answering ALLLLLL my questions! Captain Rob was fantastic and the boat was lovely! Highly recommend!

  6. CD
    Caileigh
    BIGBOAT rental in Chicago - 13 to 36 passengers

    We had such an amazing time on the Big Boat. Patrick and Mary were an awesome crew and did a great job balancing safety and fun! Highly recommend a day on this boat!