The Family Business

Our family, our children, our parents; 

and yes, our staff!


Our Values

We achieve together!

We Are Professional and Passionate!

Joe and Lori, Joe’s sister

We Value, Appreciate and Respect Each Other.

The Fun Never Ends

“My dad is hard-working, fun-loving and ambitious. His desire and stive for greatness is the most admirable thing about him. I can tell you that Chicago Boat Rentals puts their customers first and themselves last.” 

-Riley Brown, daughter


Family Fun

“Family and fun are the same thing here.”

-Shea Brown, daughter

See the City Differently While Being Your Own Captain

Kenny loves driving the family yacht.

Time Spent with Family is Worth Every Second

Friends, Family, Fun

This is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in boat rides or cruises and events. We are well-versed in the necessary safety measures that come with riding a boat. As much as we want our customers to have fun, their safety is also paramount in the heart of our operations.

The business started out in the year 2012 and has been growing ever since. We have a passion for boats, as well as delivering high value service to our customers irrespective of who they are. We do not discriminate, and neither are we prejudiced towards a certain class of people, but rather we endeavor to treat all our customers fairly and equally while also ensuring that they are essentially satisfied with our services.

Catering to business owners, celebrities and family, and groups for exceptional Tailgate experiences.  Joe Brown always believed tailgating before games enable fans to get together and share the love of their team.   Corporate Tailgate made that happen with all the bells and whistles. In winter, 2011, while hosting a tailgate, Joe looked out towards Lake Michigan and thought about how he would love to service his customers year-round and not only during football season.  As he looked at Lake Michigan and imagined the sun beating down during summer, and remembered his father taking him out on boats, the idea of boat rentals popped in his head. The following Monday, Joe began his search for pontoon boats and his idea became a reality in 2012 when he began Chicago Boat Rentals. 

Today, Joe’s daughters,  nephews, and even his mom and dad are part of The Chicago Boat Rental dream!

As a company, here are our core values:

  • Customer focus: we understand that customers are everything and satisfying them is at the heart of our values.
  • Respect: we treat each person we come across with respect, dignity and the utmost professionalism.
  • Integrity: we conduct our business with unwavering level of honesty and ethics while also honoring our commitments to our customers, partners and employees.
  • Team work: we work as a cohesive unit while at the same time maintaining a supportive environment that fosters sharing of ideas and skills.

Our Vision

Our purpose/vision is to grow into a leading business in Chicago for boat rentals. Below are the goals to achieve this vision:

  • To constantly grow and strive for excellence while staying focused on quality and comfort
  • To be known for good prices, great fun and honest straightforward service
  • To leave our customers feeling pleased after making use of our service so that they won’t hesitate to come again

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.”

Our Mission

Providing people with a fun experience on our boat tours come in different packages. Also, we factor in comfort so that customers are able to get great value for their money. Our mantra is: See the City Differently While Being Your own Captain.

In addition, we want to exceed our customers’ expectations in terms of quality, service and value while at the same time refusing to compromise our commitment to excellent customer service. This will allow us to earn the trust and loyalty of our customers, which will then bring about continuous growth of our business.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown


Angela Jane

Angela Jane

Director Of Events/Operations

Kasia Pruszynski

Kasia Pruszynski


Community Involvement

Chicago Boat Rentals encourages community involvement and family values.  We also believe in contributing to the well-being of a community beyond financial support.

School and Athletic Programs

Providing jobs and supporting school and athletic programs are examples of making a positive difference in the communities we serve.

Coaching Athletic Programs

The best type of contribution is our time

Rainbows For All Children

Because All Children Matter

St Francis High School

Proud Supporter of the school and Athletic Dept.

Winfield Park District


Monroe Middle School

Proud supporter of this wonderful school

Family Shelter Services

Chicago Boat Rentals has been a proud supporter since 2015

District 84 Schools Franklin Park



American Red Cross

Mingling For A Mission Donations

First Congretional Church Of Berwyn

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

Wheaton Park District

Chicago Boat rentals supports Wheaton Park District

Center For Enriched Living

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

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.