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Chicago River Kayak Tour

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to way to the Riverwalk at the East Bank Club, where you’ll meet your guide for some paddling instruction. When you’re ready, snap on your life vest and get situated in your kayak.  Both single and double kayaks are available.

    Then set off through the downtown segment of the Chicago River. While you paddle along, behold a magnificent panorama of landmark buildings casting their reflection into the shimmering waters, bordered by a beautifully landscaped riverside promenade. Pass under a procession of articulated ironwork bridges that make up part of the largest movable bridge system in the world. 

    You’re treated to a unique perspective on some of America’s greatest 20th- and 21st-century architecture, including Willis Tower. Learn from your guide why one particular structure's floors were built crooked, and hear about Chicago’s storied history, including tales from the natives who first paddled the river to the rampant capitalism that shaped the city

    Your leisurely kayak tour concludes with a return to the launch point.
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    Departure Point
    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • All required equipment: kayak, life vest, paddle
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Maximum passenger weight for kayaking is 275 lbs (125 kg)
    • Please try to avoid wearing cotton clothing, as it gets very heavy if it gets wet
    • No alcohol allowed
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was a great experience to take with my mom, who's 66. We got a double kayak without a problem and had a great time paddling out to LSD and back. Would have liked to have had more lights on the boats (or headlamps?) after...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank JackGM76
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was one of my favorite parts of my weekend visit to Chicago. The staff was beyond accommodating. I had transportation issues and I arrived late of my tour. They were so nice and understanding. They didn't make me feel rushed or stressed about it...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank KathleenN1970
    Reviewed 5 August 2019 via mobile

    My sister & were a bit apprehensive about kayaking on the Chicago River b/c of all the boat traffic (2nd busiest waterway after Panama Canal!) But the pre-paddle training from the staff and the excellent level of support/guidance they provided during the paddle made for...More

    Thank Guru4u
    Reviewed 1 August 2019

    I was only in Chicago for two days but I'm so glad I dedicated an evening to this activity! It was so worth it!! The staff was amazing, so friendly, seemed super interested in getting to know each of us while still giving us space...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Zeba R
    Reviewed 24 July 2019 via mobile

    We had kayaked with Wateriders before and had a good time so felt excited to bring our friend visiting from out of the country on the Sunset Paddle experience. However, it did not meet expectations. It was very overcrowded. We spent most of the hour...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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