Illinois Boat Hire

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34 ft Cruiser
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34 ft Cruiser

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 hire 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 hire, 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.

  1. CF
    Chelsea
    HUGE affordable boat! Best rates for your group of up to 12!

    We used Chris for my bachelorette weekend in Chicago for a day on the water & had the absolute best time. There was even a last minute cancellation from the captain and Chris took care of everything to ensure we had a replacement so I didn't have to stress at all. Would 10/10 recommend for your day out on the lake!

  2. AS
    Avtar
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    Len is a great host, and is absolutely delightful. He will ensure that you and your companions have a great trip, which we absolutely did. Moreover, Len is very polite, and thoughtful. We actually forget to bring drinks on the trip, and Len came in for the rescue with all the flavors of Bubly. Also at the end of the night, Len even gave us a ride home, when our Uber failed to arrive. I can’t stress this enough, not only is Len polite, profesional, and charming, he is a great companion. Whenever, we were bored or the conversation would die down, Len would come in with the rescue. Lastly, I know this review has been centered around Len, but we should also talk about the boat. Len’s boat is in immaculate condition, and the stereo system is great. You will have carte Blanche to visit whatever areas and listen to whatever music you like while Len drives. During the COVID outbreak, I’ve felt very safe and secure on his boat, which is no small feat, because I am a person who wears masks, stays up-to-date on changes and recommendations from state authorities, and regularly washes his hands.

  3. KR
    Karina
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    The experience on Len's boat was nothing short of the listing. He made sure to prioritize safety while ensuring that everyone on board had an absolute blast. Great communication by phone prior to arrival to ensure we wouldnt have any issues with potential road closures on the way there. He was attentive to where/how we wanted to spend our time on the water and made sure we were always taken care of. The weather was beautiful and he made the experience top notch. Wouldn't think twice about booking again!

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    Pamela
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    Perfect day!!! Len took time to explain safety precautions as some of my party had never been on a boat. He made sure we have an amazing time. Brought us drinks, played all of our favorite music, took all of our pictures!! Can’t wait to do it again!!! It’s a must!!!!

  5. TH
    Tatyana
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    Went on a day trip to the playpen and our group couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out! Everything was seamless, from booking, communicating to the actual trip itself. We had the best time with captain Len! He was very accommodating and made sure all of our needs were met. Len also ensured everyone’s safety was a top priority. Thank you captain Len! We will be booking again soon.

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    Chris
    31' Captained Yacht, Fun in Chicago Aboard Bellanzi!

    From start to finish, Len made the entire experience fantastic. He did everything he possibly could to accommodate our group of 6 and we had a blast. Len shared great information on the history of Chicago and was an exceptional tour guide. Will be booking again!