- 463 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.
- 463 Ratings
Mike and Mike were awesome. My friend and I were a bit slower than the younger and/or more experienced kayakers, but we managed to still have a great time and they were both very helpful.
Great tour guides, beautiful day, doable for people who are new or with experience!
We thought this tour was fantastic. The guides were great, the tour was informative and a ton of fun! Great 3 hours out on the river!!
It be a good trip! Snarpping turtells, flocks of seagulls, water a'splashin'. Jedidiah be is going on!
Had a great time. First time kayakers and saw the city from a great view. Matt did a great job showing us the sites and having fun. Hard work but worth it.
Guides we're fun, informative,and pleasant to talk to. They made sure everyone felt comfortable and knew how to manuve their kayak.
Had an amazing trip!!! If i dis norhing else on tbis trip O would have been happy. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny, experienced, and overall awesone!
Brian was an amazing tour guide we loved the whole day and the personal feel to it! Great way to cool off and see the city in the summer
It was my first time kayaking...ever. It was super laid back and formed a small 'community' as we traveled around the river together. Our guide, David, was super laid back and cognizant of different experience levels, but also informative of the buildings. I can't wait to return for another tour!
The guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job leading us down the river.
It's a completely different way to experience a city I don't always have a good time visiting. It's easy to get parked on Le Moine which makes things less stressful and the staff are friendly and accommodating. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the tour and the views were amazing from the water. This was a great last experience in the city before we move.
Matt was awesome. We've never kayaked before and he was very thorough in his instructions and kept us at ease. Instead of lecturing or running through a script he kept things very interactive and talked with us almost the entire time. Will definitely recommend to friends.
Our guide, David, was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. He was also careful to ensure we were safe and gave us good tips about navigating the river with all its traffic. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
Our guide, Matt, was great. Actually, Matt went above and beyond the call of duty to tow a couple of paddlers that really didn't get it 3/4 of the way. looked like he was cashed at the end. My wife and I had a great day on the water, seeing the city from another perspective. One tip I would give to anyone thinking about doing this would be try a short practice kayak trip first. Make sure that you can actually do it. It's not hard to learn or do.
Great tour. Staff and guides were super friendly. Tour was right around three hours. Great time for the price. Looking forward to trying their other tours.
We had a blast! The guides were very organized and kept our group moving and safe. The group was made up of all different ages and skill levels and fun was had by all.
Nice people. Fun trip
Great experience. The guides were all awesome!
Great time, good people and fun history infik about the city.
Fairly limited architectural informatiom during the tour. Would like to heard heard more.
Our guide Matt was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Matt and team were awesome! It was our first time and we would definitely go back. We had a blast!
This was such a fun experience and the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Chicago saturday morning. This was mine and my friends' first experience at Kayak chicago and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff was friendly, funny & personable. The training was thorough yet not exhausting. The fitting of the kayak was helpful as well. The tour itself was so fun! Our tour guide, Zorro, was goofy and had some of the best coney jokes I've ever heard. The other staff with him were helpful and fun too. I enjoyed that there were moments to stop and learn about the city of Chicago which simultaneously allowed non experienced guests to rest. Overall such an amazing time!
Because we successfully circumnavigated the goose island! Guides were great, good guys, lots of fun.
Matt and Amalia made the trip fun and memorable. They guided, entertained, taught us new things, and made us laugh. Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning. So much fun -- the highlight of my trip. Thanks so much!
Lovely day on the river, knowledgable guides, lots of paddling time, and such a diverse and interesting collection of buildings. I wouldn't recommend the tour for beginners because of the length, but for us it worked out perfectly in a tandem kayak, and all the other paddlers were experienced, which made it a compatible group
The instructiin at the beginning was great - enough to make a novice feel comfortable. Great (and patient) guides. Overall it was a lovely way to see the skyline of an amazing city with a different perspective.
Excelente servicio. Tienen una extra de paciencia y amabilidad.
Matt was a wonderful guide!
Mike & Wes were awesome guides! Very safe, informative and most of all - fun!! Enjoyed seeing the city from a different perspective, great experience!
Our guides were very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! We had a great time learning to kayak and experiencing the city from a different perspective.
Awesome experience for new and experienced kayakers. Bubba and David were amazing at providing great safe technical instructions in kayaking as well as guiding the group on an excellent historical architectural tour of Chicago's major landmarks and skyscrapers. We'll see you again soon!
Great tour, really enjoyed the guides Mike and Bubba - learned a lot! Nice equipment too.
Not really an emphasis on architecture, more of a Chicago River sightseeing experience.
Brian, our tour guide, was fun and knowledgeable, and told interesting stories about the buildings & city of Chicago. I noticed that he also took the time to kayak next to each of us in the group, at some point in the tour, and chat one-on-one with us, to just be friendly. Cool. And I know that we were safe and would get the help we needed (for getting back to the dock), if we needed it! - he will tow you back, if need be! This was my second time on the tour, and both times were wonderful - but I will say that the 3-6 pm tour the first time was better because it was in the Autumn and the sun was setting as we turned around to head back - added another element of beauty to all the sights we were enjoying! (We got the Architurectural Tour AND the Sunset Tour ;) )