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One of our best beginner products. This excursion is great for those not ready to leave the watchful eye of a certified professional but who are looking for a little more paddling and freedom from the group. Our guides casually lead small groups on a 4 mile round trip paddle from our boathouse in Chinatown to Wolf Point and back. A great way to paddle the river, see the city, and get some experience. This is not a tour product, but simply a supervised paddle. Excellent for all ages/ability levels. Reservations recommended.

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  • Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 min before the scheduled tour time to ensure all tours stay on schedule.
  • Approx Time: 1.5 hours on the water
  • Another Detail: This tour starts and ends at our Chinatown location
  • More Detail: Wear cycling gloves if you have them. Your hands will thank you.

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Customer Testimonials

"Choose Urban Kayaks and have fun! As a long time Chicagoan I can attest to how unbeatable the views are of the city from this experience."

- Liam A

"We were able to take in the scenes of the city without the hectic crowds of typical tourists."

- Kieth M

"It was a great fun filled afternoon and I recommend for visitors and locals alike!"

- Claire F

"This is an experience that should not be missed.  It was an amazing way to see the city."

- Amber S

"The views are insanely beautiful and romantic. You see the buildings from a new perspective and get the history behind them. I loved hearing the stories and seeing it all. A great experience."

- Harini P

Fequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?
Beach clothing is ideal. A bathing suit, sandals, hat, and sunglasses work well. Don't forget sunscreen.
Do you provide lockers/ storage to keep valuables safe and dry?
Yes. Locker rentals are available on site for a minimal fee. Free open air cubbies are also available. Additionally, Built into every kayak is a storage hatch where you are able to store some belongings. Please keep in mind this storage hatch is not 100% waterproof. Additionally, we have customer changing rooms on site for your convenience.
How much weight can the kayaks hold?
A single kayak holds one person and has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. A tandem kayak can hold one or two people and has a weight capacity of up to 550 lbs.
Should I bring my camera/ phone?
Well, this is a tricky one. On one hand you will get a unique "ducks eye" view of the city while paddling, however you will also get wet. Keeping your camera in a waterproof bag while paddling works well. Bring everything at your own risk.