Historic Kayaking Tour of Chicago

  • 630 Ratings

Get a duck's eye view of Chicago with a kayaking tour through the heart of the city – the Chicago River. Learn about the monumental architecture, and rich history of this classic American city.

Region: Chicago
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 24 hours in advance.

What You Will Do

  • 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 points out the urban architecture for which Chicago is famous for
  • Learn the history of the city as you float past important landmarks

What's Included

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Guided tour

Additional Information

  • Please arrive 15 min before the scheduled tour time to ensure all tours stay on schedule. This tour starts and finishes at our Riverwalk location. Bring workout, cycling gloves if you have them.

  • Urban Kayaks has a 24 hour cancellation policy for all pre-paid reservations. If you cancel within 24 hours of making your booking your money is not refundable. You are, however, allowed to make a new reservation at no additional cost. This is designed to account for emergency or otherwise unavoidable circumstances. If you miss or cancel your second reservation inside of 48 hours you will forfeit your purchase.

Customer Reviews

  • 630 Ratings

  • Mary Lou

So fun! The speaker was funny and informative. The guides were really helpful.

September 19, 2017

  • Connie

The tour guide was very well informed with plenty historical facts and interesting anecdotes about Chicago now and long ago. We had freedom to ask plenty of questions as well.

September 13, 2017

  • Karen

Very well organized, from check-in to kayak return. Online info was helpful prior to the tour, too (though I don't recall seeing info re: locker availability. I liked that that was included with the tour bookings). Don't know how training info is since all in our group said they had kayaked before. Liked that there was also an employee at the back of the group keeping an eye on things. Cole provided fun information and guidance along the way; liked his "personal" touch to the Chicago Fire story. Kayaks were comfortable; loved the set-up for put-in. Enjoyed this more than I'm sure I would have enjoyed a "self-guided" kayak trip; I knew that Cole & Alex were looking out for us with the crazy boat traffic on the river. Plenty of stops along the way for those who may have trouble keeping up.

September 5, 2017
435 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601, USA