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.
- 202 Ratings
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
Instructors did a good job of doing a pre-river training session to ensure proper fit of kayak and life vest and how to maneuver in the river. The equipment provided was well-suited for the conditions and in good condition. The organization did well in sending proper instructions ahead of time regarding location, appointment time, any items we needed to bring, etc. I felt safe throughout our journey. I would recommend bringing some bug spray with you, though - I did not see that mentioned anywhere. And also, I wasn't prepared for the Chicago Amusement Tax up-front that we paid on-site (about $5 total for two people) - organization could have done a better job mentioning this on Groupon site prior to purchasing tickets. Overall, it was a great experience, and I would do it again. Thanks!
Great staff, great way to see the city.
Great trip with awesome guides!
Only exception, have a separate class for level of ease or use. It was difficult to keep up with the group as a whole, as every person went at different speeds. But, the experience as a whole was entertaining and fun.
Great experience, a must do for everyone in Chicago. One small complaint is that I wish we were told how soaked we were going to be. But it's kayaking so what else can you expect!
The instructors were amazing and super friendly! They've got jokes too (sorta)!
Great trip and guides. More instruction to beginners on how to stop so they don't slam their boat into others would be helpful as well as instructing that those taking a million selfies should stay towards the back to avoid causing collisions. Besides that an amazing time.
Very fun! But I thought we'd get to kayak further through down town
it was a wonderful experience due to the professionalism and knowledge of the trainers
My team of 7 had a blast despite it raining. It was a beautiful view, great pre-training on how to kayak, plus informative and laid-back guides.
I had such an amazing time. I came to Chicago from New Jersey and had never been paddle boarding. The instructors were very patient in teaching me how to keep my kayak straight. David stayed behind with me and kept me motivated and even rescued me when I paddled too far out. Kasha at the desk was really sweet and suggested some great spots to eat and eased me into the paddle boarding. This is a must-do experience.
- Maria Jose
I loved the Kayak Experience, the sunset views were amazing, they definitely get a big WOW! The best way to celebrate my BDAY!
Outstanding, done this as a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenagers) we had a great time, the staff were brilliant and we all really enjoyed the evening, a great way to see the city. A special mention to Dave for sorting all the details about our booking after we messed up!
Our tour guide was absolutely awesome! I totally forgot his name, but long blonde hair & blue toenails, haha! I was a first time kayaker & although it was rough at first & very nerve-racking the tour guides made sure you stayed totally calm-cool & collected. Didn't mind helping, didn't get mad when you needed a nudge back, & I'm sure more than half heard me complaining on the way back when I kept asking, "How much farther?" and didn't seem annoyed at all, haha! It was an absolute amazing experience & I loved every second. Thank you for being awesome!!! I will be back in the near future! :)