Captain Joe

5.0/5 stars 20 reviews
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About Captain Joe

“I am Captain Joe Cislak CEO/Owner of Chicago Scenic Charters LLC.. I hold A 50 ton Masters License and a 100 ton UPV license. I have experience on power boats single and twin screw up to 50 feet. I have been boating the great lakes and its tributaries for 25 years. I look forward to making you boating experience the best it can be. Let me know how a can make your day on the water special for you. Thank You Captain Joe”


Aboard since 2016

From Downers Grove, IL

Reviews of Captain Joe (20)

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 31st

    Captain joe was awesome! Very responsive and accommodating. Will definitely try to book again next year if possible! Thanks captain joe!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 21st

    Had a great time celebrating my birthday. Captain Joe couldn’t be nicer or more hospitable! Definitely will be back on that boat soon!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 05th

    Captain Joe and his boat were as good as it gets. Joe helped in every way and made sure we had a wonderful experience. Great time!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 19th

    Amazing experience with out of town friends. Great boat. Fantastic host in Captain Joe! Highly recommend!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 13th

    Captain Joe was very and nice and extremely accomdating. If you want to spend a fun day on the water, then I highly recommend going through him!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 04th

    The trip with Captain Joe was amazing. Our family had an experience of a lifetime visiting the sites of Chicago and fireworks show!


  • Amazing experience! We had such a blast and Joe was fantastic. Couldn’t recommend more! 100% will book again!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 02nd

    Had a great day with Captain Joe! Took us on a beautiful ride, will return when we’re back in Chicago!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 17th

    Keith was our captain on Captain Joe's boat and we had a simply wonderful time. Can't wait to do it again.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Aug. 12th

    Captain Joe was fantastic! The boat was great and the entire trip was amazing. Truly cannot wait to charter another day on the Lake with captain Joe!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 09th

    Outstanding boating experience...Joe does a fabulous job!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 04th

    Great hospitality, joyful captain had an amazing time out on the waters! Thank you Joe!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 15th

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 09th

    Awesome experience with Captain Joe and Patrick! Can't wait to use them again!


  • 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).

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 08th

    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.

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Sep. 11th

    Captain Joe and Mike were the best! They were both so attentive to all of the passengers' needs and we could not have asked for a better captain. After our day on the water, we all highly recommend Captain Joe!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 16th

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 09th

    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!

  • 5/5 stars (5/5)
    Jul. 05th

    Outstanding day! Joe makes sure that every detail is taken care of. Very respectful and knowledgeable!