The best way to see beautiful Chicago is by boat! Chicago Scenic Charters offer Maxum Sun cruiser Motor Yachts for up to 6 people per boat with crew of two (Can accommodate up to 12 on 2 boats) This is a great way to see Chicago from the other side of Lake Shore Drive. Cruise the Lake front for a sunset cruise. Watch the Navy Pier Fireworks on Wednesday or Saturday nights with the city skyline as your backdrop, Take a cruise down the river and marvel at the magnificent architecture. Or spend a day in the sun anchored in the play pen next to Oak street beach and the John Hancock building.
Weekdays Rates $200/hr per boat (2 hours minimum).
Saturday and Sunday half day $900 per boat
6 passengers per boat *12 passengers max.
Holidays or special dates not included
Any additional requested docking fees incurred (reservations requested) are the responsibility of the renter and are payable at the location.
Longer charters are available.
What You Can Expect:
Chicago Scenic Charters offers professional, experienced and Coast Guard licensed crew.
Commercially licensed and insured, clean and well maintained Maxum Sun Cruiser boats
Fuel and city taxes included in price. (crew gratuity not included and payed at the conclusion of charter)
Don't risk your safety and security. Make sure before booking your charter boat and captain to ask if they are licensed and insured commercially. Licensees should be displayed and all boats should have a current Coast Guard safety inspection sticker. Ask to see these when boarding. If boarded, any illegal charter will be canceled with no guarantee of refund.
What To Expect On-board:
Professional courteous captain and crew
Coast Guard approved and inspected safety equipment
Coolers for beverages
Relaxing 4 and 6 person Lounge rafts
Large swim platforms
fore-deck sun cushion
Bluetooth connections for your music.
*Another boat is available for 8 to 12 passengers
The 8 of us had a great time on the Emerald Isle. From the start, Captain Joe was very responsive to all my emails and the process to rent the boat and firm up details was incredibly easy. We then had an awesome half-day out on the lake with Joe and his son, Mike. Both of them were very friendly and accommodating. Joe steered the boat through choppy waters like a real pro and the boat was very comfortable. We loved the 5-person raft that they blew up for us when we anchored in the Play-Pen by Navy Pier. The coolers with ice and the bluetooth speakers also were great additions. It couldn't have been a more relaxing day out on the water for our girls' weekend. Thank you Captain Joe and Mike!
Joe and his crewmate were lovely. The boat was exactly what I was expecting and they had coolers and ice to keep our things fresh. They went over boat safety in the beginning and everything you needed to know for a safe and fun trip. They were both very polite and stayed to themselves, but were very friendly to chat with if you were so inclined to do so :) Joe was very accommodating with scheduling and was happy to take requests for plans (ie going to anchor and swim rather than go up the river, where to position for the fireworks based on our desires).
The only comment I would make was there was some slight confusion with meeting up. We were instructed to wait at J dock by 6 for pre-loading and instructions, so we did. However they ended up coming in to a temporary arrivals dock and not until after 6:30. It was close by so that wasn't a problem. However they had just come back from an earlier trip that day and so they were out of contact for a while, which had me slightly concerned since they said arrive by 6 and we didn't hear from them until a little after 6:30 (the start time).
Our group had a stellar time with Captain Joe and his Maxum 3000 SCR. The boat provided comfort for everyone, shade for those who wanted it and sunshine + lake access for others. He was open, transparent and friendly from the start of the reservation process to when the boat docked back at the marina after a fun lake experience. Highly recommend considering Captain Joe for your next lake party or cruise.
Joe and his first mate, Mike, took us on an excellent trip on his boat this past Saturday. Joe was responsive to questions and accommodating to changes along the way. Additionally, he and Mike were attentive to the group, making sure we had a fun, safe time. The boat was great, exactly as expected, and the perfect size for a day out on the river/lake with a group of 10 guests. We had an awesome time, and hope to rent again from Joe before the end of the summer! Thanks for a great day Joe and Mike!
My friends and I had a great trip with Capt Joe and his co Capt! They were very accommodating, provided music, and let us choose where we wanted to go on the boat. It was such a fun day we are already looking forward to planning another trip! Definitely recommend!