- 276 Ratings
Introduction to Kayaking on the Chicago River
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.
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
- Kayaking equipment
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.
- 276 Ratings
Awesome guide. He had lots of patience and a great sense of humour.
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.
Everyone was friendly and professional. Ian our leader put our safety first so we could relax and have fun. We'll be back.
Our instructor (Mike) was extremely patient while teaching us the do's and don'ts of the river and kayaking. We had a great time and would do this again.
Great fun and a great way to see Chicago :)
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. He was very patient with our daughter!
Emily was great! The instruction was good and the time on the water was just right for a first time trip. Will be back
The whole experience was awesome! Hannah was a great guide; she was very friendly and patient.
Hannah was just wonderful! Also got to talk to manager and he was very nice!
- Jaya Pradeep
Chris was a really good instructor. I loved my first kayaking experience.
A beautiful day, a great guide with a great personality, what more could you ask for???
We had so much fun and our guide Jimmy was the best!
This was my first time. I am 72. Guide was supported , smart and kind. She helped make the trip a wonderful experience.
So fun! Worth the money! Had to reschedule due to the weather and the staff was very understanding. During the tour, the guide was very friendly, helpful, patient! Amazing, would definitely do it again and refer all my friends
Super fun and Eli was an awesome guide so helpful and made us feel very comfortable he's really good at teaching
It was a very pleasant experience. Anya, Jimmy and Finn were fantastic. I was a little nervous going out onto the river, but they were very reassuring, professional and most importantly, fun!! I would recommend this adventure to anyone!
It was a great experience, and the guide was amazing. Would definitely do it again!
Friendly staff. Great instructions. Great guidance.
It was a really great experience. Equivalent to a kids first time at a toy store. Will definitely go back.