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Urban Kayaks

Open Now: 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Kayak Tours, Rentals, and Lessons on the Chicago River. Located Downtown at Columbus and Wacker and on Monroe Harbor
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Chicago, IL 60601
New East Side
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I took a kayak tour of the Chicago River over July 4th weekend. The tour went the length of the main branch and our guide provided some interesting history. It is a very unique way to see the beautiful buildings that line the river. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kimhQ7700QW
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I chose to do the beginners kayaking experience as I had never kayaked before, and I was disappointed with the overall experience. Our guide was not enthusiastic about his job at all and for the entire hour out on the water, I was about 30...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank simonjohn27
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Saw Urban Kayak on several trips we have made to Chicago in the past, but never had time to do it. Decided it was a "bucket list" activity, so we decided to get some friends together for a weekend trip completely dedicated & planned around...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Aaron S
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We booked an 815pm kayak/firework tour last minute with Urban Kayaks. It was incredible! Entirely worth the money. The location on Riverwalk is scenic, but once on the water the views are amazing. The launch was a well-oiled machine. Our tour guide Trevor was informative...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christy W
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

This was definitely a highlight of our trip. We did the guided tour, which helped with regards to the boat traffic as our guide could contact the boats to ensure our safety. I was an inexperienced kayaker and that didn’t matter. Our guide Connor was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jessrose14
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We got a tandem kayak and did the fireworks tour. We are experienced kayakers and so the limited supervision on the river was fine, but novices should make sure they tell the leader of their needs. It was a blast to see the buildings from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nskaye
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Our family chose kayaking rather than the boat tours to see the riverfront. It gave a great perspective of the buildings and a beautiful backdrop and scenery. My only complaint is that you miss out on some of the historical information that is provided on...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

This was a fun and different way to learn about the city! A little hard to hear when our guide was sharing historical background at times, but had a blast and recommend for first timers who want a short historical background on the Chicago river...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michele P
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Really fun way to see Chicago!Employees were great. I called a few days ahead of time with some questions and the girl was extremely helpful . Only negative were the bathrooms which were actually porta potties, not very clean.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Shalen A
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I have been on this tour twice. The first time I think we had a little bit more information and it seemed more organized. It is a great way for you to try kayaking if you are unsure how to navigate the river with the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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8 April 2015|
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Urban Kayaks offers a wide variety of products and services with costs ranging from $25-$100 per person depending on consumer choice. Visit our website to see all of our products and pricing.