Introduction to Kayaking on the Chicago River

  • 297 Ratings

Get out on the water for a kayaking adventure that teaches you the basics as you paddle down the Chicago River. Float below towering skyscrapers and hear all about the city's architecture from your guide.

Region: Chicago
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 24 hours in advance.

What You Will Do

  • See the Windy City from the unique vantage point of the Chicago River, which cuts a path through the heart of the city
  • Enjoy an excursion perfect for beginner level paddlers: Explore the river while getting plenty of advice and guidance from experts
  • Start off with a 20-minute training session that gets you water ready, then hop on board your kayak to start your aquatic adventure
  • Get plenty of hands-on practice as you glide between sky-high buildings that tower overhead

What's Included

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Instructor

Additional Information

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time. Bring workout, cycling gloves if you have them.

  • There is 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

  • 297 Ratings

  • Anu

Awesome guide. He had lots of patience and a great sense of humour.

October 10, 2017

  • Bryan

The Urban Kayak trip on the Chicago River captured a unique experience from the duck's eye view of the city's incredible architecture. Our guide, Dave, was friendly, helpful during the lessons and on the river, and allowed us to go at our own pace (within reason). You WILL get wet, not soaked but legs will certainly get splashed on a few times. If you're exploring the city more before/after, bring a change of clothes and they have a side changing room with clean portable bathrooms and lockers to rent. If you have some kayak experience already and feel comfortable going out on your own (without the tour), I suggest skipping the intro lesson reservations online and call ahead/book the day of for your own 1-2hr kayak rental on the river. You may have a little more time to explore the river channels on an hourly rental. I wish we had booked the architecture kayak tour instead, although I don't know how well we would have been able to hear the guide over the noise of the river. Also, it was noted in other reviews the lack of customer service from the front desk staff. This proved to be true, no smiles or genuine interest in helping you besides going through the motions of check in. It was quite evident from start to end of our time there. The guide and staff on the river and with the gear were great, however, absolutely no issues there.

September 12, 2017

  • Lisa

Everyone was friendly and professional. Ian our leader put our safety first so we could relax and have fun. We'll be back.

September 6, 2017
435 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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