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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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The pioneers of kayaking on the Chicago River, Wateriders has been hosting kayak tours for 20 years. Guests get an unbeatable view of the city's beautiful interior skyline as they paddle through the architectural canyon that is downtown Chicago. Located on the riverwalk behind the East Bank Club in the River North neighborhood, Wateriders is ideally situated for making the most out of one's adventure and is easily accessible by all means of transportation. Both guided tours and open rentals are available.
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  • Average7%
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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Reviewed yesterday

The owner/leader of our tour was simply an amazing human being. He started out by memorizing the names of everyone in our tour. Then they did an excellent job of emphasizing everyone's safety before we took off. We did a LOT of sight-seeing, and he...More

Thank AdventureMom20172017
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a Groupon that I had forgot about and let expire last year. They accepted it at it's face value without any problems. Everyone I encountered was friendly and helpful, especially Matthew who got my friend all setup with a double kayak. We rented...More

1  Thank ez3kielthomas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was perfect with this tour. I never kayaked before and am not super athletic. I have briefly canoed though. They give you a quick but concise training and safety course to start then the staff patiently gets everyone in a kayak. They offer your...More

Thank jenniferlynn60171
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I really enjoyed this Father's Day outing and commend Waterriders for their professionalism and commitment to safety on what was a very busy day on the Chicago River. The staff-to-customer ratio was very high, which made me feel comfortable. My one criticism...More

Thank Newmoontraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a blast with Adam yesterday. Only one of us fell in but the rest of us had a cool time, also. (hey, don't worry Adam says only about 10 people each summer fall in and we'll now, there are only nine more who...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the Ghosts and Gangsters tour which I did primarily because I wanted to try out kayaking and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do so while also hearing more about the city. I thought the tour was fun and I...More

Thank powpow13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me initially state that I am not an outdoor/sporty kind of guy. Don’t get the wrong idea. I like being outside but only when I am relaxing in the backyard or lying beside a pool. My wife, however, is very much an outside/sporty kind...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the architecture and history tour. The tour guide was very good - stories I had never heard on other boat tours. They did a great job teaching us how to kayak and kept us safe on the river. Very fun! Highly recommend...More

Thank Lois H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the architecture tour! We live in Evanston but wanted to learn a few things about the city. If you want to kayak and not have to stop, just book an appointment to rent on your own (don't do the tour). Or else...More

Thank kaitipullano
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to do a river tour and as soon as we saw that we could kayak we booked up. We've never done it before so we were a bit nervous before we got on the water but we needn't have worried. Seth was a...More

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Heather L
Hi! I'm a soon to be first-time kayaker getting a tour for my boyfriend and I for his birthday. I can't decide between doing the architecture day tour or the gangster night tour. Both options seem to have such beautiful city views. I might be more nervous during the night tour because of the dark water but I'd be willing to do either. Any thoughts?
2 May 2017|
Response from Wateriders | Property representative |
Hi Heather! Thanks for reaching out. It is indeed a tough choice, and at the end of the day, it comes down to what is more comfortable for you. Both tours offer great views of the city - during the day you see the buildings... More