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.
- 215 Ratings
Friendly and knowledgeable staff, good instruction, easy-to-handle boats, and an interesting route!
Our tour guides, Bubba and Eric, were super funny and nice! It was beautiful weather and the city looked amazing from the water.
We did the City lights paddle and had a blast! It’s a 4.5 mile total ride so it’s a good workout but the pace is very manageable and the view is fabulous! It’s such a great, environmentally friendly, fun way to explore the city! I recommend doing this in the evening as we did because the river during daytime is busier.
The instructor was great! The scenery was beautiful! I am just commenting on the 3 hours of time for the entire kayaking adventure. I feel that when you have beginners maybe the time should be shortened a little. However, I understand that this may be an issue based on location.
We had a wonderful time kayaking! The guides made my partner and I feel confident in training (I had canoed before, but this was her first time paddling a boat), and kept us safe on the river. The only reason I say "somewhat satisfied" is due to the guides barging back up the river on our return trek. Fortunately for us, we ended up to be strong paddlers, and could see them as they tore up the river back to the dock, but it seemed both guides left a large number of paddlers down river unattended, which I thought was a bit reckless. Given it is a night time paddle, our lights were running out of batteries, and many of the people in our group had never kayaked before, I was a little surprised to see the guides leave so many unattended paddlers on the river. Apart from this, we had a great time. The gear worked well, the scenery was amazing, the experience was great.
Such a great time! Guides were witty and informative, the route took us to a beautiful view of the city and kayaking in general is just a great workout. Will definitely come again!
A different and beautiful way to experience Chicago! Plus get a good workout at the same time! The tour guides were experienced, fun and provided an excellent kayaking tour.
What an incredible experience!!! From start to finish I had an amazing time. From the beautiful views of the city at night to our wonderful tour guide. I would highly recommend Kayak Chicago!!!
I chose this rating because everything was great. The instructions were easy and simple to follow and we had a great experience.
Great atmosphere, good people, good views.
Very friendly crew and they explain everything very well and are super safe
So much fun! Great guides! Will definitely be back.
The guides were amazing! So helpful ans friendly. It was a great experience!
We had a great time on our City Lights Paddle! The guides were very helpful and the views were incredible. Highly recommend this experience!
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.