Until the personal watercraft was invented, mankind's only hope for summer fun involved hitting candied hams with tree branches. Today's Groupon celebrates watery invention: for $35, you get a half-hour Jet Ski rental from Windy City Watersports (a $75 value). You must be 18 years or older to rent a Jet Ski and present your picture ID and credit card to be held as a deposit.
Conquer the open waters of the mighty Lake Michigan on the back of one of Chicago’s only licensed rental Jet Skis. The hydrocrafts take off from Montrose Beach, propelling you along the Chicago coastline and around the waterfront with a machine-like tirelessness. Windy City Watersports' friendly staff makes safety a primary concern, ensuring a complete aquatic and Jet Ski safety education before you hit the waves. Additionally, two riders can share a Jet Ski for an additional $10, so feel free to take to the waters with a date or stage an intervention for your aquaphobic neighbor.
Windy City Watersports peddles pond-skimmers at Montrose Beach, which boasts free parking, open fields for pre- or post-ride Frisbee toss, and a dog-friendly beach. Call ahead to reserve your ride.
Time Out Chicago mentioned Windy City Watersports when the magazine named Montrose Beach "Best for Action Sports" in 2009.
Windy City Watersports
Proclaiming itself Chicago's only licensed jet-ski rental company, the outdoor enthusiasts at Windy City Watersports let visitors ride off into Lake Michigan from the tip of Montrose Beach. Every rental—which may be secured online or by flashing the lights atop the tallest nearby building in Morse code—includes life jackets, fuel, and storage for riders' possession.