- 591 Ratings
Chicago Architectural History Kayaking Tour
Explore the history of downtown Chicago on a kayaking tour that gives you a duck's-eye view of the city landscape. Cruise past architectural marvels as you paddle your way down central waterways for a scenic adventure.
What You Will Do
- Learn about the architectural history of Chicago while weaving your kayak through the city's rivers and canals
- Get a crash-course in kayaking from a knowledgeable guide to learn basic skills, strokes, and safety rules
- Put your newfound skills into action by launching your kayak into waters surrounded by towers of glass and steel
- 3-hour guided kayaking tour
- Brief kayaking lesson
Choose single or double boats upon arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Bring sunglasses, sunblock, a hat, and a waterproof bag to protect your camera Dress for the weather. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best.
- 591 Ratings
Our tour guide, Mike, was warm, relaxed, had an extremely clear and concise way of explaining how to kayak safely and helped create a fun and chill atmosphere.
Bubba was awesome
Bubba and Dave were very helpful, friendly and patient with all participants. This was the best part of our vacation. We loved seeing the city from a different perspective. We will definitely do this again and recommend this company over all others.
Bubba and Dave were awesome guides/hosts! They were very professional, and safety was their primary focus; however, they gave us an amazing experience and we had a great time! Would absolutely recommend to others!
Guides, Bubba and Dave were absolutely incredible. Not only were they very entertaining but also kind and interesting to converse with. I would certainly recommend kayak Chicago to anyone that I know living in the city or visiting for a brief while. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Bubba was amazing! A winderful tour guide who knew what he was doing. Also pretty funny and totally relaxed. It was the first time I had done something like this before and I was freaking out in the beginning and bumping into things. But after a hot moment, I got the hang of it and felt pretty confident. The views from the river of the city was awesome and I felt physically challenged. The day was epic!!! Thank you!!!!!
Great way to see the city from a different perspective. The guide Maggie was great!
Vicki was awesome! She was a great tour guide and we loved her humor. We had the best time and would Recommend this tour to anyone that loves being out on the water. Thank you, Vicki!
Had a great time on the river!
Bubba and Crutch were great guides, though they need to improve their jokes!! We all had a fabulous time on this family-centered experience.....great scenery, great architectural stories, and an overall great paddling experience....
Great trip, the guides were knowledgeable and professional. All of the equipment was in great shape and our instruction was given in a timely manor. Overall I was very satisfied with my experience and would do it again.
Very friendly people. Made us novices feel comfortable. Excellent fun way to see the city from a different view
There was only two of us on the tour so that was nice, not too many people to contend with. Our tour guide was Brian, he was very nice and pointed out some great features of the city. I would have preferred to do more paddling and less talking/stopping. All in all a good experience.
Matt was a great personality for this kind of activity. I've done kayak tours elsewhere but I've never been given the right info to feel safe and confident until we worked with Matt. He was funny, informative, saved baby birds (literally), and gave us time to just quietly enjoy the experience.
I highly recommend Kayak Chicago. They set you up for success, yet the guide will always be around if you get into trouble. Our guide was super cool and informative. Kayaking isn't easy, but well worth the effort.
Took time to show me skills with the kayak before setting out and had a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding architecture. Very enjoyable, would recommend
Great tour on Chicago River. Inspiring guide with good knowledge about buildings and Chicago history, and also a good "story-teller". Very exciting to kayak near the huge new buildings near the "loop", and also great to see the more simpler parts of Chicago around Goose Island.
A fantastic informational and fun trip. David was extremely knowledgeable and we had a great time discovering Chicago from a very different view. David was very friendly and, most importantly, very thorough regarding the participants' safety. I would highly recommend this tour with Kayak Chicago if you want to do something a little adventurous and out of the ordinary. Dr. Ajit Korgaokar
Our guide (Bubba) was the perfect mix of historian, comic and coach. My group thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. I worried about being able to get in and out of the kayak and he made sure I did so with my pride intact.
Our guides were great! Very knowledgeable and focused on our safety!
Welcoming & friendly, thank you!
The intructors were awesome!
Tour guides were very knowledgeable about the city's history. Overall, they were very patient with new kayakers and friendly.
Tour guides were great, made it fun and exicited. Would come again for this great experience.
Great kayaking trip on the water, best way to see Chicago amazing buildings while out in the air and staying fit. Super instructors and guides. .well done guys.
- Ashley Marie
Kayaking the river was fantastic! Mike provided patient instruction and excellent information about the architecture that can be seen from the river. We would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to experience Chicago from a unique vantage point.
A great way to see the city and a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Thank you for the experience.
Customer Service was wonderful. Experience was wonderful. Guide was wonderful. Value was wonderful.
This tour is great for beginning kayakers. Most of the tour is spent kayaking, with 3 or 4 stops to present architectural history and landmarks. The tour guides are very professional in the aspect of boating safety, while the architectural tour is entertaining and informative. We had a great time!