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.
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Historic Kayaking Tour of Chicago
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.
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
- Kayaking equipment
- Guided tour
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.
- 357 Ratings
I love this tour! I've done it twice and it's my favorite tourist thing to do when family and friends come to town. It's the best and most unique way to see the city.
A very informative tour and Jim was great!
The tour guide let us set the pace paddling and kept us aware of River traffic without spoiling the adventure. He had interesting historical anecdotes a life long Chicagoan hadn't heard.
Being from Chicago, I've always wanted to be a tourist and kayak through the Chicago River. It was such a great arm workout, our tour guide was really nice and informative, and my guest really enjoyed kayaking. I just wish the prices were a little more consumer-friendly!
Very fun and learned a lot on the historic tour!
Can't think of a better way to see the city. The organisation and staff were top class from start to finish. Would highly recommend giving it a go.
I felt safe and comfortable as I enjoyed the incredible sights of downtown Chicago. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the 2 hour trip. Getting on and off the kayak was easy. The owners were very cordial. Overall, I highly recommend.
Guide was very clear as to his expectations of our behavior on the river. I am 65 years old and felt very safe. Getting in and out of the kayacks was very easy. Guide had a very good knowledge of history of river and city. He was easy to hear because a loudspeaker was used. Great outing!
What an experience! We loved seeing beautiful Chicago from a completely new perspective. Our tour guide was awesome. We had so much fun.
Very cool guide made the tour fun and interesting. Very chill and laid back personality. Cant wait to kayak again
Our guide was perfect...Knowledgeable and Entertaining. It was just what we were looking for in a couple's excursion.