Chicago City Lights Tour

384 Ratings


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See glittering skyscrapers and their reflections as you paddle the Chicago River at sunset and enjoy unique cityscape views.
Duration:  3hrs
Cancellation:  168.0hrs
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  • 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

What's Included

  • Three hour guided evening paddle
  • All equipment

Additional Information

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.

Cancellation policy

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.

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384 Ratings
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May 9, 2022
Hello! I booked for May 6 at 7pm and I went to the meeting local and no one was there!! What happened?? I sent a message on Instagram too. Please, I'll need the reimbursement!
Nov 4, 2021
I came with my sister who was visiting from Texas and wanting to see Chicago at night and get some architecture tidbits. The tour was all that and more, being led by Rosie (and the rivets), we were brought to downtown with all kinds of interesting facts and stories. He was very entertaining and conversational. We both thoroughly enjoyed our night out. Thank you!
Oct 24, 2021
City Lights Paddle is absolutely amazing! It's a brilliant way to experience so much of the city in a really beautiful, fun and unique way. Charlie, our guide, was the best! Our flight was delayed from Atlanta, and he patiently waited for us to arrive to begin the tour. He was super knowledgeable, fun, and the most entertaining! Highly recommend Kayak Chicago!!
Oct 21, 2021
Hi Dave, The instructor/tour guide hoody was great, however, the other couple with us did not know how to kayak, due to which we were not able to go as far as we would have liked. Having paid a decent amount for this night kayaking experience, we wanted to go a lot further than we did during our tour. First of all, the tour was supposed to start at 7pm but the other couple was late due to which we did not get into the water before 8.11pm. This was supposed to be a 3 hour experience but we returned back by 10.15 pm which turned out to be almost an hour less than the expected tour time. We would like to request a refund for this experience. We were visiting Chicago for 3 days and decided to spend an entire evening to have a good kayaking experience but unfortunately we had a very underwhelming experience. Please let me know how we can go around with the refund process. Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing back from you! If you have any questions, please feel free to call me. Thanks! Rohan Panchmatia/mishank shah. Number registered with you guys already.
Oct 17, 2021
Such a great experience!! The view of the city from river is amazing! My girlfriend and I had a blast and plan on 100% doing this again in the future, as well as making it an anniversary tradition! We’ve had many questions about it on socials and have recommended it to everyone! Thank you so much for a great time!
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Oct 3, 2021
I really enjoyed it.
Sep 27, 2021
I had an amazing time kayaking. The instructors We’re so welcoming and funny! The city lights were beautiful to see at that time of night. Couldn’t have asked for a better group of people.


Meeting location:  1220 W Le Moyne St


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