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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.

  1. bd
    40' Sea Ray Express Cruiser on Chicago Shorline

    This boat was perfect for our party of 12. Marty was able to accommodate us last minute and was so easy to work with. All of our questions were answered quickly and the process of booking the boat and getting a captain was very easy and organized. The boat was huge, we had plenty of room for all of us and our belongings. Bill A was our captain and he was great. So welcoming and fun to hangout with. We would definitely book again and pick Bill as our captain!!

  2. VH
    38' Cruising Catamaran Charter in Chicago, Illinois

    My friends and I rented the catamaran boat from Jim for the 4th of July and had such an amazing time. The boat was even better in person and comfortably fit me and 12 of my friends. Captains Russell and Brian were also amazing. They were so much fun and so accommodating. They set everything up for us (the cooler with all of our drinks, bowls of chips we had brought, etc). We rented the boat for 3 hours but were having such a good time that we asked if we could pay to extend our use for another hour. Luckily they had no other immediate obligations and they were able to make it happen. As a nice bonus, they even had those fun water noodles for us to use. So much fun and my friends and I can't wait for our next boat outing with these guys!

  3. SK
    Beautiful Sea Ray Motor Yacht Ready for Rent in Chicago, Illinois

    Everything was perfect! I wish we could have stayed on the boat all day! We had a bachelorette group of 9 and there was plenty of space. Henry was fantastic and super easy to communicate with. Sound system was awesome, too! I can't say good enough things about our experience. Highly recommend!!

  4. JD
    Beautiful Sea Ray Motor Yacht Ready for Rent in Chicago, Illinois

    Henry’s boat was a great time! There’s more than enough room for 12 people on the front of the boat, a downstairs to store drinks & personal items & our captain was great! Only thing to note is to bring an iPhone adapter cord so you can connect to the sound system!

  5. JK
    Charter 31' Hunter Sloop In Chicago, Illinois

    Barb was hands down amazing!!! I truly loved the entire day out on the boat and will be booking with her again! It is awesome to have had the opportunity to sail with her and have fun with friends!

  6. rm
    Perfect 30ft Cruiser for a great day on the lake *** Monday 9/30 80 degree weather**** lets go boating!!

    Dave was an amazing captain. He treated us like family and made sure everyone was comfortable. No matter what you needed he was there to help. 100% recommended to anyone you know.