Welcome To Chicago Boat Rentals

Chicago’s top-rated gas powered boat rentals. You are the driver, which allows you and your group the privacy you deserve. BYOB and snack or we can have your food and drink waiting.

No Captain Needed

Easy to drive and private to your group!

Nothing says “summer” like going for a cruise on a gas powered pontoon boat with some drinks, good music and friends or family.  During this two-hour rental, you and your group are free to cruise the Chicago River, enjoying the breeze while you take in the beauty of the city all around you.

Bring The Family

Our river cruises offer family fun for kids and adults.

Chicago Boat Rentals will make your event unforgettable!

Birthday, Bachelor, Bachelorette, Reunions or Corporate Events

View Chicago From the Water

Cruise The Scenic Chicago River

Cruise the Chicago River on your private boat.  Faster than the electric boats!

The Love Boat

What can be more romantic than a date night with a wonderful view of Chicago?  A date night with a wonderful view of Chicago from a private boat.

Our fireworks cruise is the perfect way to say I love you.

Chicago Boat Rentals will even arrange silk rose petals throughout your boat before you arrive.

Explore Chicago on The River

Best Of Yelp 2017


Best Of Groupon 2016


Availabilty & Booking

Due to the overwhelming amount of calls and emails each day, our site is designed to book your reservations with ease.  Availability is 100% up to date on our site.  However. if you have questions, you can email us or text 224-422-8136

Choosing Your Boat

Below will show you the calendar for availability and bookings. Please choose the correct boat.  Look to the left categories before selecting your boat.


Our 8 person pontoon holds 8 people and our 12 person pontoon holds 12 people. This is regardless of age or size, this includes infants. For more information visit our FAQ page.

Refunds & Cancellations

There are no refunds that will be issued. Unlike other companies, we will allow you to reschedule. If you have a coupon/voucher, make sure your checkout price reflects your coupon. If it does not, DO NOT make the purchase until the coupon is applied correctly. For more information visit our FAQ page.

Renting Is Easy

Rent a gas powered pontoon from Chicago Boat Rentals.  Feel free to bring your own food and drink.  We supply the life vests and our Dock Team will provide you with instructions on how to operate our boats.  They are as simple as driving a golf cart, a valid drivers license is required to drive.


Boat Rentals are for 2 hours. For longer rentals, you should book back to back.
If you are looking for a longer cruise, we can accommodate with a custom quote however
If you are an existing customer, you can log in below, or sign up and receive discounts and offers.
Memberships are also available. Memberships give you over 50% off ALL rentals all the time
If you are interested in becoming a member simply sign up and that option will be available when you log in.

Beginning 2018, Chicago Boat Rentals will no longer be selling on Groupon or Living Social

If you have an expired Groupon, we will accept it and give you credit towards another boat rental or issue a gift card. Simply send an email with a copy of your unused expired voucher.

Renters and drivers are required to sign a release assuming full responsibility for everything that happens to them, their passengers, our boat, any other boats, any other people, and any other property in order to receive the rental.

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