Only Here at Chicago Boat Rentals

Your boat experience can be customized for any occassion.  We can provide catering, have baloons waiting, or help surprise that special someone. The possibilities are endless. Need to impress a large group? Ask about renting out picnic area and all our boats for 4-6 hours. We can even have a grill master cook food for your guests.

Think outside the boat!

Family Friendly & Fun!

When you need an activity that all members of the family can enjoy, Chicago Boat Rentals is your answer. Infants and children, moms, dads and grandparents. Everyone will enjoy the views and the adventure!

Bring The Bubbly!

Try something different with your friends. A boat rental with Chicago Boat Rentals is the perfect way to celebrate. BYOB or we can have your drinks waiting for you.

Perfect Anniversary Surpirse!

What can be more romantic than a date for two with a wonderful view?

Chicago's Hottest Attraction!

This is the perfect way to show your friends or family around the city a different way. Cruise the Chicago River in a gas-powered pontoon boat.

Gas-powered pontoons are much faster and safer than the electric boats.

No Captain Needed!

Unlike other boat rental companies, Chciago Boat Rentals allows you to experience privacy during your rental. Our gas-powered pontoons are as easy to drive.

Family Bonding!

Enjoy the blue skies, helpful employees and beautiful views of the city with family. We provide the boat, you provide the laughs.

Ladies Night!

Make your girls night out a bit more fabulous!  It’s the perfect way to celebrate with your girlfriends.

Don’t forget the corkscrew!

Office 224-422-8136

Dock- 224-760-8930


Dock and Boat Hours




Thursdays- 10:30-10pm




Office Hours




Thursdays- 12-5


Saturdays- Varies-

Sundays- Closed

   If your question is not answered below, visit our contact us tab

The dock is located at 1177 N Elston ave, chicago Il, 60642

The interesction is Elston ave and Division.  Estate Ultra Bar and Lounge is also located here.  Pull in the parking lot and look for our check in trailer.  Please check below in our FAQ in regards to parking.


You can check for availability by simply clicking on the date you are interested in. The availability will be completly up to date on the website. The office is unable to check the availability for you, as they can fill up fast. You might see availability today and the next day it may be filled. For these reasons, we prefer our customers make the choice to book when they check availability.  Please note, we are unable to check availabiliteis at the dock.  it is extremely busy there and our hosts are checing in other guests.  Please check availability online.

Can The boats go On Lake Michigan?

Our pontoons are only allowed on the Chicago River. The lake is very dangerous and can cause the boats to flip over. Those caught on the Lake Michigan will be fined by CBR and ticketed by the Coast Guard. Your safety is our biggest concern.

What time should we get there?

We ask that you please arrive at least 15 minutes early. This will allow our Boat Staff to teach you how to drive the boat safely and answer any questions you may have.

How fast do the boats go?

Our boats run on gas and they can run anywhere from 10-15 miles per hour. Our pontoons are much faster than the electrical boats and have a much smoother ride.


There are a few non-negotiable fees that will have to be paid before you checkout. There will be a flat  $5 booking fee, (not per person).  There is a $6 charge for gas, it is a flat rate as well. There is also a 9% City of Chicago Lease Tax. If you wish to purchase insurance on the boat as well,  the insurance is $15, but that is up to the customer’s discretion and is elected when arriving at our dock.

There is a $20.00 fee if you change the date or time of your rental.

Capacity and Weight

The 8 Person boats can hold a maximum of 8 people, this includes infants. If you have 6 adults and 2 infants, you will be at capacity.

The samw rules apply for the 12 person boat



The weight limit is 1,200 lbs. for the 8 person pontoon, and 1,800 for the 12 person pontoon. These weight limits are non-negotiable.  It is illegal to operate the boat above those limits.

Children and Pets

Children are included in the passenger count, as the passenger count is meant to be total bodies on the boat. This also includes infants in travel seats. 

Pets are not allowed on the boats except for pets that are used a service pets. We ask that you please supply the service pet’s papers at the time of your  booking.

All children under the age of 13 must have a life vest on at all times in accordance with Illinois State Law. We have life jackets of all sizes, including infant sizes, though infant car seats can be used as a flotation device. All adult life jackets are stowed in an easily accessible storage compartment that your Crewmember will show you prior to departure.

Expired Coupons/Vouchers

We are not able to accept expired vouchers however, we will apply the value of the voucher to a new rental. you must send on your expired voucher or promotion.


    A waiver must be filled out after you make your reservation and/or before you board the boat. 

As we do understand that there are some things that are out of a customer’s control, the waiver helps us keep track of the things that are in control of the customers. If you look closely at the waiver, there is an onboard checklist that the dock staff goes over before the customers board the boat. This helps the customers check to see what small damage has already been done to the boat, so the customers boarding the boat are not liable for them when they get off the boat. Our staff checks the boats the way a car rental service checks the car you rent before taking it off the lot. They inspect for prior structural damage, scratches, interior damages, and anything else you can think of before you board that boat so the waiver you sign is up to date with the current condition of the boat. The boats are not expected to be in perfect condition, but we want to make sure that they stay at their current condition the best as possible.

When you arrive, the person who rented the boat must have the waiver filled out and supply a copy of the credit card and drivers license as well.

Can we dock or pick up/drop off anyone during our rental period?
We do not allow our boats to dock or tie up for any reason anywhere along the Chicago River except for our docks. This is not only for your safety, but to minimize damage to our boats.   The river is patroled by our team members.  Those who dock will incur fees.
Checking Availability

Our staff is unable to check dates of availability.   To ensure your rental is available at your requested time, please look online for your requested time and date.  If it is available, we recommned booking immediately so that someone else does not book tour referred time.

We cannot hold times, dates or boats.


Our dock is located at 1177 N Elston in Chicago. The dock is just a little south of Goose Island, on the southeast corner of Elston & Division. When you enter the address into a GPS, it will pull up as Estate Ultra Bar and Yacht Club.  We are just east of the 90/94 expressway at the Division exit.



There is a gravel lot that is at the Estate Ultra Bar, and there is parking that is there. Depending on when your reservation is for, there may be a charge for Valet. This charge is through the club and not through CBR

There is also street parking in the area around Estate. If you opt for street parking, you should allow ample time to search for parking or to save time and money. reserve parking with Park Whiz


There is a gravel lot that is at the Estate Ultra Bar, and there is parking that is there. Depending on when your reservation is for, there may be a charge for Valet. This charge is through the club and not through CBR

There is also street parking in the area around Estate, If you opt for street parking, you should allow ample time to search for parking


Who operates the boat? Is there a license that I need to drive the pontoon?

The boats are operated by the guests themselves. They are very simple to operate, and only take a few minutes to explain. We’ve never had a customer complain that the boats are too difficult to operate. The dock staff that day will teach you how to drive the boat, as well. We do ask that the person who drives the boat, is at least 21 years old with a valid Photo ID. This could be a driver’s license, or a State Issued ID. There is no special boating license that you need to operate these specific pontoons. 

If you prefer to hire a driver, let us know. We do have drivers for hire through VIP Chicago Parties

To book a driver follow the link below. Choose your date and fill out the requested info. Please make sure you book with the same name the rental is under. Once you book and pay for the driver, we will match it to your booking and send you an update. You only need to match the date, the time will not matter as we will manually book this for you.

Number of people- If you have a 12 person boat and hire a driver you could then only have 11 people in your group. The same applies for the 8 passenger boat

Driver For Pontoon


The pontoons do have Bluetooth capabilities, and can play music through the Bluetooth system.  However, we do not guarantee the music will work with your phone.  As with any type of electroniics, malfunctions happen especially on rentals that are used over and over.  Therefore,  there are times when the radio or bluetooth system does not work.  We receommend bringing a speaker that works with your phone. in case the music system is not working.

Food and Drink

We definitely allow small coolers on the boats, but we just ask you to be mindful of the size of the cooler you bring. If you bring a large cooler with a boat at full capacity, it will count as a person. 

The boats are also BYOB, so we do allow alcohol but we ask that the person driving the boat does not partake. We also ask that no glassware is to be brought on board, because we do not want anything to accidentally fall over, possibly shatter, and possibly hurt any of our guests. Plastic and aluminum are fine, but we just do not allow glass. 

Keep it simple and bring less. We will be happy to have provide food for you as we do offer boxed lunches and catering which can be delivered right to the boat.

Life Vests

If you bring an infant, we do ask that you bring your own life vest to ensure the infant’s comfort and safety. As we do have life vests for everyone including children and toddlers just incase.


Our boats operate rain or shine. Our boats do have partial awnings however, that may not keep you dry. Reservations are only canceled if the manager on duty deems the weather too dangerous (i.e., thunder, lightning, heavy winds, hail or heavy rain) to safely navigate the river. Although it may be storming in the suburbs that does not mean it is storming downtown and you are still required to show up for your reservation unless notified by a manager. Rentals that need to be canceled due to weather bu Chicago boat Rentals are entitled to a reschedule for another day.

Your reservation will not be canceled and refunded for weather unless you have been contacted by a manager. If you choose not to go out due to weather, there ar no refunds.  We will reschedule a rental as long as it is a minimum of 48 hours before and a $20.00 reschedule fee will be incurred.  we are unable to refund and/or reschedule if your group does not show up.  Remember our office is closed on the weekends, if you need to re-schedule over the weekend. please call or text our  dock phone. 224-760-8930