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Tour Details

Our newest product for beginner level paddlers. This 1 hour guided excursion on the river is designed for those not yet ready to paddle on the river alone and not interested in our Historic Chicago tour. This is not a tour product, but simply a supervised paddle. 20 min training session included before the tour. Reservations recommended.

More Details and our FAQ Page

  • Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 min before the scheduled tour time to ensure all tours stay on schedule.
  • Approx Time: 1 hour on the water
  • Another Detail: This paddle starts and finishes at our Downtown location.
  • More Detail: Wear workout/ cycling gloves if you have them. Your hands will thank you.

Recent Tours

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 and our Faq Page

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.