It is estimated that more than 40 million people visit the windy city each year…many in search of boat rentals in Chicago. It is no doubt that visitors to the city plan to stroll the Navy Pier, have lunch in Millennium Park, take in the sights at John Hancock Center, learn about the fish at Shedd Aquarium, check out the mirrored bean, and even catch a game at Wrigley Field. If you ask us, that sounds like a pretty typical “Chicago experience.” Why not have an elevated Chicago experience? Why not go on an adventure sure to make your Instagram followers green with envy? Why not experience Chicago like a local?
We vote you do.
How? By touring Chicago by water instead of by foot. Chicago boat rentals put the iconic Chicago skyline as the permanent backdrop of your trip to the Windy City. You are sure to make great memories, take even better photos and come back with an even greater love of one of the most travelled to cities in America.
Whether it’s down the Chicago River, or along the shores of Lake Michigan, there are sights from a boat deck that can’t be beat.
The architecture along the Chicago River tells a story of how the town grew from a small settlement into a metropolitan hot bed in less than 100 years. Take in the sights of the modern skyscrapers like Hancock Center, Marina City, Willis Tower and Trump Tower, and marvel at the historic skyscrapers like Sullivan Center, The Rookery and Tribune Tower all from your boat deck.
Fireworks in the Shadows of the Cityscape
In the summertime, the Navy Pier hosts firework shows. Picture this: It’s the end of a long day of boating (lots of fishing, sunbathing and swimming) and you’ve anchored the boat just off the coast of Navy Pier in time for the firework show. You’ve got snacks and beverages and to the right of you the iconic Chicago skyline. Willis Tower is beaming back at you and the John Hancock Center is exploding with the colors of the fireworks, reflecting the awe-inspiring view right back at you. There are no crowds and you aren’t sharing the sight and the boat with 100 other people on a tour. This is what a vacation on a Chicago boat rental feels like.
There are plenty of activities for families, newlyweds, and partiers on Lake Michigan. Chicago boat rentals are perfect for cruising, fishing, diving, water sports, sunbathing and/or snorkeling. Find the right type of lake boat for your adventure.
The best way to take in the scenery is to cruise. Boatsetter experts recommend checking out Montrose Beach in the afternoon. While the views of the city are never completely out of sight (or out of mind), Montrose Beach offers a friendly neighborhood feel – different then the city style. From the beach or your boat deck you can still see Chicago; it’ll just be the size of your thumb.
The best views are enjoyed from a table with delicious food. For a memorable dining experience on the Chicago River try Smith & Wollensky, River Roast or Chicago Cut Steakhouse – they are all highly recommended and dangerously yummy. The restaurants above require a more polished look, so cover up your bathing suit and freshen up your look before asking for a table.
If you desire a more casual vibe Bridge House Tavern is a local favorite, making it one of the must-sees downtown. Dick’s Last Resort serves up American Cuisine, and with boat parking just up the way for an hourly fee, it makes the ideal lunch pitstop.
Securing a boat rental for your Chicago vacation is hassle-free. Boatsetter is a boat sharing company, connecting boat seekers with available vessels throughout the country. Log on to Boatsetter to find a full list of Chicago boat rentals. When you book online with Boatsetter there is no cancellation fee if you cancel your reservation within 24-hours of the planned travel date.
Not sure you have what it takes to drive someone else’s boat? No worries. We have experienced boat captains available to do the navigating for you. Let our captains help plan your trip so all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. We’re not sure what you’re waiting for – Chicago boat rentals are waiting for you to plan their next adventure!