Our downtown location is in the heart of the city along Chicago’s newly renovated River Walk. Unlike any other kayak launch site in the city you are instantly surrounded by world famous architecture and engineering marvels. Whether you take the tour or rent a kayak on your own this location offers the most unique view of the city.
435 E. Riverwalk South (Do Not use for GPS. Use Directions below.)
Chicago, IL 60601
Open May 1st. Early Season Open Mon-Fri 10-6. Sat & Sun 9-6
LSD Southbound: 1) Exit Grand Ave. DO NOT turn right onto Grand Ave. Keep straight on lower LSD. Cross the river. 2) Right Turn on Wacker and move to right lane. Take ramp to Upper Wacker. 3) Turn Left on N Columbus Dr. 4) Turn Left onto Randolph Dr. 5) Turn Left on N Field Blvd. 6) Parking located on left side at Village Market Self Park Garage.
LSD Northbound: 1) Exit Randolph St/ Wacker Dr. Keep straight on lower Randolph. 2) Right Turn at Columbus Dr. 3) Sharp Left Turn at E. South Water(2nd light) and GO DOWN RAMP. 4) Right Turn at Stetson Dr (1st stop sign). 5) Right Turn at Wacker Dr. We are located on left side in neon green cargo containers. 6) (Continue to parking lot) Right Turn onto N Field Blvd. 7) Right Turn onto E South Water St. Discounted Parking available at Marianos/Village Market Self Park garage.
Discounted 4 hour parking available at the Village Market/Mariano's Self Park Garage at 330 East Benton Pl (off Upper Randolph), Chicago, IL 60601. Once parked, walk north through the park, then north on Field BLvd. We are located inside the green cargo containers straight ahead just past the City of Chicago impound lot. Make sure to pick up discount parking coupons at Urban Kayaks front desk.
CTA: Exit State/Lake. Walk North on State St to Wacker. Take stairs down to riverwalk and walk east
Take stairs down to the riverwalk at Columbus and Wacker. Walk 1/2 blk East towards the lake.
Operating out of one of Chicago’s brand new boathouses Urban Kayaks is the exclusive operator providing daily guided kayak excursions and rentals on the Chicago River’s south branch. Paddle from our Chinatown location to our River Walk location or vice versa and leave the boat when you are done. After kayaking, grab some dim sum.
Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
300 W 19th St
Chicago, IL 60616
Open May 1st. Early Season Open Sat & Sun 10-5
Closest intersection is 19th St and Tan Court.
Entrance to park located at the corner of 19th St and Wentworth Ave
Closest parking located at the corner of Archer Ave and Wentworth Ave.
CTA: Red Line Exit Chinatown/Cermak. Walk North on S. Wentworth Ave. Left Turn on 19th St. Enter park
Urban Kayaks is excited to be a part of the ongoing expansion of the Chicago Riverwalk. Keep in mind The Cove location is only a retail and concession store and not a Kayak tour and Rental facility. Stop in for a quick refreshment or healthy snack. Dont forget to check out our selection of Urban Kayaks apparel. All paddlers, and passers by welcome!
Urban Kayaks the Cove
71 West Riverwalk South
Chicago, IL 60601
Open May 24th, 2015. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
Walk down to the Riverwalk at Clark and Wacker
CTA: Exit State/Lake. Walk North on State St to Wacker. Take stairs down to riverwalk and walk east.