Chicago Sunset Kayaking Tour
Experience the softer side of the city beneath a setting sun as you kayak past Chicago's world-renowned architecture.
What You Will Do
- Explore the city skyline at dusk for picturesque views of the running river, lush lake and towering buildings
- Get a crash-course in kayaking from a knowledgeable guide to learn basic skills, strokes, and safety rules — no experience necessary prior to your tour
- Enjoy quality equipment, a great workout, and a new perspective on Chicago's architectural relevance
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.
- 236 Ratings
Ryan was awesome! Wish the tour would have gone further down the river towards the lake.
Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, funny, informative & kind. He ensured everyone was safe & provided wonderful stories about Chicago, the buildings & histories in an engaging way. The view from the river is a beautiful perspective!
The overall experience was fun. I'd definitely recommend people to try this tour out. One thing I'd say though is that be prepared to get wet. Also, there tends to be boat traffic which sometimes leads to less kayaking freedom.
The tour was great! Maybe a bit more or trip to the lake
The guides were very helpful and demonstrated care for the group by making sure everyone was safe and stayed together. There were stops made to take pictures and learn fun facts about the river/city evolvement. Great experience overall with experts and a good workout!
THe tour guides were knowledgeable and helped us any time we needed it by giving us tricks to use if the winds started to push us around. The sunset tour was great, loved the experience. Didn’t get as wet as I expected which is great. Would do this again.
Great experience. Our guides were awesome. I would definitely recommend !!
Fun experience, great guide, great views.
It was a very nice evening for paddling the Chicago River. Our guide was on point at making sure we were always safe. Highly recommend Kayak Chicago! Thank you
Great tour! Not many people get to see the city from this angle and it’s something you will never forget. My tour guide was Wes; he is very friendly, insightful and has great stories about the city. Could not have asked for a better tour guide! Would definitely recommend the evening tour – seeing the lights of the city reflect off the water is beautiful. Can't wait to do it again!
Beautiful way to see the city. Great guides
Guides were great. A great way to see the river close-up and beautiful at night.
Guides are terrific, check in smooth, boats are great and the river sunset excursion is fantastic!! Love my city at this perspective☆
Great instruction, amazing view of the sunset reflected off the buildings in Chicago downtown. A few suggestions let Living Social and Groupon know that there is a $3 per person uncharge once you get to the venue, a little bit of history or narration for the group would have been great. Guides navigated through a busy Saturday evening with expertise. Great fun
Vicky and Glen are AMAZING leaders. Totally in love with them and would definitely go again. I hope they are still there in the future. I’m in love with these two! Ugh!
Very Knowledgeable guide. Only suggestion...allow time for more photos.
We had a ten-year-old with us and our guides were very patient with his endless questions and helped him stay engaged with interesting and funny stories.
We had a great time on the sunset paddle. All of the employees had a great attitude and were fun to be around. I've been kyaking for years and the instruction was well done and well communicated. I felt safe and had a great time on the mighty Chicago River.
We had a great time paddling on the susnset tour with kayak Chicago! The night was absolutely beautiful, and the paddling experience was the perfect combination of leisure and athletic. All three of our guides were very personable and engaging - we are looking forward to signing up for the city lights tour in weeks to come!
The Sunset Paddle team was helpful in keeping us (as beginners) motivated and safe. I learned a lot about tandem kayaking even if I'm very sore as I write this, but would definitely kayak again. The city looked great at night from the water.
We took the sunset paddle which was highly enjoyable. The paddle up the river to the city is amazing! The staff is extremely knowledgeable, courteous and patient. Dave clearly loves paddling and imparts that feeling to you throughout the tour.
The staff was very accomodating and made sure that everyone had a good time while being safe on the River. I would recommend this adventure to my friends - we had a blast and enjoyed nature at the same time! Thanks fellas!!
- Barbara and Charlie
We thoroughly enjoyed the sunset, river paddling experience. It was wonderful to see the city at night -- especially when we were downtown. The three guides were so very helpful and pleasant and had great attitudes. I was very impressed. There were about 20 or so participants on our paddle, and we were told that this was a small group, but I thought that this was a very nice size. It was a lovely evening.
Kyle was a great guide !
Kayaking in the Chicago River was an incredible experience. The sights were stunning. We did the sunset kayak tour on Saturday, September 30. Due to it getting dark out earlier in the evening, it turned out to be half sunset, half night kayak - SO cool. The guides are as fun as can be and very informative. They take safety very seriously and each staff member so blatantly enjoys their job. We took about 3 brief breaks throughout the 5 mile tour, where we were encouraged to take pictures. I would highly recommend Kayak Chicago for out-of-towners and locals alike!
Great staff & very responsive to everyone!
The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the views were SPECTACULR!
Staff was great and the Sunset Paddle was at the perfect time to enjoy some daylight, the sunset, and some time after dark as well, It was beautiful!
Sunset paddle was amazing....great city views, peaceful and exciting at the same time.
Very professional and helpful staff. Beautiful views
Highly recommended tour. The staff was great. Super friendly, accommodating and patient. The paddle was relaxing especially heading towards the downtown area. Sunday seems like the best evening to go as it's much more relaxed. Definitely recommend this Outing.
Very friendly staff concerned with our safety