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Urban Kayaks

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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-909-5458
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

My fiance and I went to Chicago for a romantic getaway. I've always wanted to kayak but never had the opportunity. I found a coupon that I could not pass up. I was nervous because I was a beginner and very clumsy. My first thought...More

3  Thank Heather H
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I did the "historical" tour with Urban Kayaks on a weekday in mid-August. The kayaking itself was interesting and a nice bit of exercise, but the guide was very difficult to hear, due to the noisy urban environment. The basic issue was that there were...More

2  Thank BCJimbo
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Reviewed September 24, 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

Thank simonjohn27
Reviewed September 3, 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

Thank Aaron S
Reviewed September 2, 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

Thank Christy W
Reviewed August 30, 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

Thank jessrose14
Reviewed August 27, 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

Thank nskaye
Reviewed August 22, 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

1  Thank Hayley H
Reviewed August 22, 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

Thank Michele P
Reviewed August 22, 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.

Thank Shalen A
Reviewed August 20, 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

Thank dcsae
Reviewed August 20, 2018

I had a wonderful time kayaking on the Chicago river. This was my first time doing so and it was so easy! I would recommend every to, as it is a relaxing activity and not super physical. Our guide seemed to be having a rough...More

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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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April 7, 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.