Enjoy a kayaking adventure that features an amazing fireworks show! Watch the famous skyline of Chicago light up with brilliant colors, as you celebrate the perfect nighttime outing.
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See the Windy City from a unique vantage point – the river
This excursion is perfect for all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced paddler
Start off with a 20 minute training session that gets you ready before heading out on the water
Coast through the waves and gaze at the imposing skyline, as your guide explains to you the urban architecture for which Chicago is famous
Settle in for the famous Navy Pier fireworks show with the best seat in the house
A fireworks show
Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time to ensure all tours stay on schedule. This paddle starts and finishes at our Riverwalk location. Bring workout/cycling gloves if you have them. Not suitable for infants or very small children.
Urban Kayaks has a 24 hour cancellation policy for all pre-paid reservations. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your tour date and time your money is not refundable. You are, however, allowed to make a new reservation at no additional cost. This is designed to account for emergencies or otherwise unavoidable circumstances. If you miss or cancel your second reservation inside of 48 hours you will forfeit your purchase.
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Aug 10, 2019
Matthew did a fantastic job with the tour points and the timing for the fireworks. He nearly got the amount of time it takes to get to the viewing area down to the MINUTE. We had a wonderful time kayaking and I will definitely bring out of town friends next time. (although I will be sure to also bring gloves, my hands have all sorts of blisters haha)
Jul 9, 2019
I am not disappointed with the urban kayak team/crew members. They did the best with what they could do. I am disappointed with the overall experience. The river was packed/crowded. You could not hear the tour guide, it was impossible to stand still and not float away. Our kayak tour got in the middle of another kayak tour. I do not think I could recommend this experience to others.
Jul 2, 2019
What a great way to be a tourist in your own city! This fireworks tour was fantastic! There were a few stops along the way so it was nice to get a break from rowing but I feel that the brakes were a little too long that is probably my biggest complaint. But to their credit they were just trying to show us some really cool things - one was the famous water canon, Second was the Art on the Mart , A spectacular light show on the side of the merchandise Mart, And third was of course to spectacular fireworks! The water current was enough to help give you some momentum to move at a decent pace. The river is narrow and you have to watch out for boats and stay on one side together as a group, but for a beginner like me it was just as well that I didn’t have access to the entire river! We went on a warm summer Saturday night and the whole city was outside along the Riverwalk or out on their boat or in an open terrace restaurant, waving to us and enjoying the views, music playing everywhere so it was truly an energizing experience!
Just a couple tips one is as far as location you would be best to use spot hero and park close to Wacker and Columbus as you can. Urban kayaks will validate parking ($15) if you park in millennium Park but it’s a good hike down there so I would suggest using the spot hero app and get closer For the same price ($14) a good 5 hours. I would say give yourself plenty of time to park and walk down there to be able to find it and then get yourself prepared to go in the kayak put your stuff in a locker go to the bathroom and put on your life jacket. All of this takes time so I would suggest you get to the parking lot at LEAST a half hour before the takeoff time. You will get completely wet from the bottom down so I wouldn’t suggest taking anything with you but a water bottle and a waterproof camera if you want to. The lifejackets actually have a nice handy zipper that you can put your phone in. Overall a very awesome time and I would highly recommend and do it again! Fireworks were magical!
Jun 26, 2018
Great way to see Chicago! Much more fun being active during a water tour. The river was nasty though - I would be interested in knowing if there are any cleanup projects for the river.
Jun 12, 2018
The paddling part was great. I have been on other tours and know that there are a lot more interesting stories about the river, the city history and the architecture that could be shared. Perhaps you could also look into installing wireless speakers into the kayaks instead of blasting the narrative through a megaphone. The river has become so noisy and the megaphone is both necessary and contributes to the noise pollution. Still had a great time. Thank you.
Aug 8, 2017
Great guide, perfect amount of time in water and just overall wonderful!!
Aug 29, 2016
We chose the sunset firework tour. We had a great time and took some beautiful pictures of the city at night. The city lights were beautiful on the water. The tour was informative and fun. The only negative was we forgot to ask for our parking validation ticket and we lost out on $16.00. I wished the guide would have said something when we checked in. We were more concerned and excited about the trip and just forgot to ask. We liked their method of getting in and out of the kayak, very easy. This was a birthday present and we enjoyed it very much.
Aug 7, 2016
The Urban Kayaks Ultimate Fireworks Outing on August 3, 2016 was awesome! The staff were all fabulous. They provided great direction and support and made it a wonderful experience. I cannot give enough praise to every member of your team - what a well-run organization with outstanding customer service. Thanks so much!