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What to Do When Renting a Boat for a Day in Chicago

There is enough to do to keep you busy on a boat in Chicago for much longer than a day, but is you’ve only got a day…here’s your guide to renting a boat for a day in Chicago. We’ve worked out the kinks and determined the best plan for a full day of boating in Chicago.

Prep for Your Adventure at 8 a.m.

As with any boat rental, you’ll need a few provisions before setting sail. We recommend bringing the following to ensure your day on the water goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Light sweater
  • Change of clothes
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Cell phone charger
  • Waterproof bag or case
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Beverages, especially water

Pick Up Your Boat and Launch from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

You will have discussed with the boat owner or captain beforehand a place and time to get the keys to your boat rental. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the boat ramp, especially if you are from out of town.

Cruise the Shore from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you are doing the navigating yourself plan some time to get used to the scenery and find the popular in and out points. You can use this as a chance to idle along the coast and take in the initial sights. Work up an appetite because our next stop is lunch.

Lunch from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

There are several popular restaurants along the Chicago River ranging from upscale eateries to casual dining. We suggest Dick’s Last Resort for good ol’ American style food. There is a slip near the restaurant that charges by the hour. Dock the boat and enjoy the view while chowing down on burgers and beer. (Note: Be sure to have a designated driver in place. Safety first, always.)

Your Recreational Activity of Choice from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

It is your vacation, spend it how you want too. Not a fisherman? No problem, perhaps diving is more your style? Not getting in the water? No worries. You can sunbathe from your boat deck. It is your boating trip so you choose the recreational activity that suits your desires:

  • Diving – Lake Michigan has many shipwrecks ideal for both mature and novice divers.
  • Swimming – It’s always a good time to swim in Lake Michigan (as long as it is summertime).
  • Sunbathing – If physical activity isn’t your thing, park yourself on a towel on the boat deck … we’re not judging how you relax.
  • Fishing – Catch your own dinner on Lake Michigan. Trout and Salmon: It’s what’s for dinner (maybe).
  • Watersports – Tubing, knee boarding, kite surfing and wakeboarding are some of the activities you can enjoy while boating.
  • Cruising – You don’t have to do anything to enjoy yourself on a boat. Cruise up and down the coast soaking in the sun and committing to memory the spectacular views.

Park It for the Sunset or Eat Dinner – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

When the sun starts to fade below the skyline pick a spot and take some time to enjoy the view. If you prefer to have your dinner made for you (vs. packing your own) our experts suggest Smith & Wollensky. The dining room upstairs is a tad classier, but if you’re still rockin’ the summertime outfit, the downstairs dining room is less formal. If your fishing expedition was successful, whip up your fresh fish aboard your boat or yacht rental. Fresh fish anyone?

Close Out with Fireworks – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In the summertime the Navy Pier celebrates with a fireworks show twice a week. There are many cruises that take passengers out for a view on the water, but nothing will beat your view from a private boat rental. The best part of renting a boat for a day is getting to experience the same thing thousands of others are experiencing, except in privat style.

Boatsetter is the Best Option for Renting a Boat for a Day in Chicago

Renting a boat for a day is easy with Boatsetter. Online you choose your destination, price, and number of people. The search results allow you to choose from hundreds of boats in the Chicago and surrounding areas. Boatsetter has no cancellation fees and U.S. Coast Guard certified captains available for hire. A professional captain can make your Chicago boating adventure hassle-free by handling the navigation, docking and cleaning on your behalf. See why hundreds of boaters participate in renting a boat for a day with Boatsetter – log on and find the perfect vessel today.

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