Chicago City Lights Tour
See glittering skyscrapers and their reflections as you paddle the Chicago River at sunset and enjoy unique cityscape views.
What You Will Do
- Enjoy the cool evening breeze and the glow of the city as you coast along the Chicago River in the company of a knowledgeable guide
- Learn basic skills, strokes, and waterway safety during a detailed orientation, then depart on your kayaking adventure in a boat equipped with lights to guide you
- Get in a great workout, a fun lesson on Chicago history, and rare water-side glimpses of Chicago's stunning architecture after hours
- Three hour guided evening paddle
- All equipment
Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Please dress for the weather. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best. Guests should come prepared to get wet while paddling.
Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather, at which time a raincheck will be issued. A 50% refund will be issued if cancellations are made 4 days prior to your tour. Reschedules must be made at least 48 hours in advance. A $25 rescheduling fee per boat will be applied for cancellations within 48 hours of your tour.
- 197 Ratings
Friendly and fun
Super fun experience. The staff was very friendly! My only suggestion would be to get lightsbinstalled on the dock. It was very dark after our sunset paddle, and you could not see anything while trying to walk our kayaks back up the dock.
Magical, the staff is top notch and friendly, this was an incredible experience! You gotta do it.
I loved the experience! This was my first kayak trip and they made me feel safe, worry free and made the trip fun. Put this on the top of your priority list!
Great location and guides
The staff was great , very helpful with everyone. Great group of people. Definitely a great experience.
Some people of the group were very slow on the water so we had to wait for them several times ando we couldnt go further on the tour.
The tour guides were patient, kind and knowledgeable about kayaking and Chicago landmarks and history.
Griffen was our guide and he was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and helped us out a lot. Will definitely recommend.
Speechless. Bubba Dave, city lights, peaceful adventure. Cone try his!
Amazing experience. I cannot wait to do it again!
Bubba was an excellent guide! Very fun, friendly and knowledgeable. He made our experience very enjoyable and we will definitely be doing another Kayak adventure with Kayak Chicago the next time we visit Chicago!
We had a wonderful time! Perfect weather, and a perfect size for our paddle group. Highly recommend!
We had an awsome time on the Chicago river! The views are stunning! The guides are great! Highly recommand it!
Was great time in Chicago!!
It was a great fun experience.
Nice tour guides and really beautiful sights. Definitely a 10 out of 10.
The guides were very helpful and funny! Enjoyable trip
One guide stopped us and taught me and my friend how to successfully kayak across the river. They save you when you take a wrong turn! Great experience.
Very organized. For as many people there were, it was incredible! Beautifully done, great sights, just very happy!
Great guides, wonderful experience.
Nice folk. Well organized.
Instructors were lively and entertaining. We had a great time!
Our group started with 24 and for whatever reason when we got closer to the city we waited for the second group that left after us and combined to one group. Felt like 50 some kayaks together was way too many. Especially downtown with as much boat "traffic" that goes through there. Also, there was couple times where we sat as a group for an extended period, with no communication as to why, instead of kayaking. This is my second time kayaking with Kayak Chicago and really did enjoy it, will recommend to all those that ask and will hopefully again sometime soon do another tour.
Our guides were professional and knowledgeable. We felt safe and had a lot of fun. Thanks Wes, Westie, and Jess!
great guides, beautiful sights, perfect weather
The instructors were extremely help from the very beginning. I didn't know how to use the lockers yet they were very understanding. They provided great guidance and made the tour an amazing time. It was a first time for out group kayaking and night kayaking. Will definitely be coming back.
The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The equipment all worked well and the tour itself was lovely. But there was a fair amount of waiting around. We were told to be there at 6:45 for a 7pm tour and then we didn't get organized into the kayaks until very close to 7:30 following the first group out.That is simply too long to hang out. The process of getting the kayaks into the water was not well organized. I am a 5 ft 1", 60 year old lady and they set me up to carry the back of a double kayak and the front of a single one. I do not have that strength.
Nice time, fun guided, great experience!
It was great at the beginning, but towards the end, the staff stopped engaging us. They just let us paddle back. Minus that, everything was great! Staff were professional and equipment worked great!