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

Bring The Family

Our river cruises offer family fun for kids and adults. 

Birthday, Bachelor, Bachelorette, Reunions or Corporate Events

View Chicago From the Water

You Are The Driver

Our Pontoons are easy to drive and only a valid drivers license is required.  

Cruise The Scenic Chicago River

Our Mission

To be the premier provider of boat rentals in Chicago while allowing our guests to “View and Experience Chicago A Different Way”

To stand by our mission, we promise to constantly strive for excellence in servivce while staying focused on quality,safety and comfort.

Thinking Ahead

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” the famous one-liner from the movie, “Jaws” has become the running joke at Chicago Boat Rentals. As we continue to grow, and our guests return, we continue to grow our fleet and we will always contune to think ahead to our “bigger boat.”


We believe that community involvement brings positive change. We also believe that contributing to the well-being of a community goes beyond financial support. Our goal is to support and participate in activities that improve social well-being, education, and environmental beautification. We are also actively involved in the fight to end violence, trafficking and sexual exploitation of women

Some of the programs  and organizations we have supported or contributed to are listed below.

chicgao boat Rentals Supports

WISH Chicago

Working to end the violence, trafficking, and sexual exploitation of children and women Dedicated to keeping children safe  – from the moment of conception.

Committed to supporting, assisting, and empowering moms; from pregnancy to birth and beyond.

Chicago Boat Rentals Supports Compass To Care

Compass To Care

Compass to Care, The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation, is a charitable organization that is dedicated to ensuring under-served families can access life-saving cancer treatment for their children.

Supporting Since 2019

Family Shelter Services

For more than 30 years, FFS has offered emergency shelter services in addition to longer-term transitional housing programs for qualifying individuals and families

Chicago Boat Rentals has been a proud supporter since 2015 and has donated, supported financially and volunteered at several events

One Tail at a Time

One Tail at a Time is a Chicago animal rescue with a progressive dog adoption program that supports under-resourced animal shelters and pet families

Supporting the annual gala 2018

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International Chamber Artists

International Chamber Artists is to present performances driven by the highest standards of artistic excellence while collaborating with communities and organizations to promote the viability and growth of classical music audiences for the future.

Proud Supporter 2019

David L. Hoyt Education Foundation

The mission of David L. Hoyt Education Foundation is to support and encourage joyful, play-based, and collaborative learning. We recognize the need to cultivate and foster education, community, and responsible citizenship

Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day around the world through the transformative power and joy of sport. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is tackling the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) face.

Rainbows For All Children

Rainbows for All Children is dedicated to providing support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce/separation, deployment, deportation, incarceration or other trauma

Winfield Park District

St Francis High School

 Proud Supporter of the school and Athletic Dept.

District 84 Schools Franklin Park



Wheaton Park District

Chicago Boat rentals supports Wheaton Park District

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Center On Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. 

Proud Supporter 2021

Center For Enriched Living

Supporting people with developmental disabilities so they can be fully included in the community

First Congretional Church Of Berwyn

The Brown’s church for over 30 years. Mom Brown still volunteers here.

Donation Requests

All donation requests should be sent via email to our Operations Director Angela.  Please ensure all information is provided. If we are unable to support for any reason, we can make recommendations for other resources.