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After traveling for 3 months/ 5 days/ 23hrs across Asia, the Urban Kayaks team is ready to begin its 4th season on the Chicago River. We are very excited to announce a few new products this year. For the first time we are offering a 1 hour Intro Paddle out of our downtown location. This product will be targeted towards beginners who are new to the sport and eager to take up paddling on the river. Another product which we are very excited about is our Chinatown Fireworks Paddle. With our two convenient locations on the Chicago River,...

Entrepreneurs hope starting Chicago Riverwalk venture now will lay foundation for next year. By Wangui Maina, Tribune reporter The young entrepreneurs know it might seem foolish to start their seasonal business along the Chicago River with Labor Day a week away. And they know their spot on the Chicago Riverwalk isn't exactly a prime one. Despite these obstacles, which include a year and a half of filing paperwork to get permits to open Urban Kayaks, they decided to take the plunge. On Monday, they set up shop, having moved their...

Paddling the Chicago River with Urban Kayaks By Nicole Weddington I had always associated kayaking with white­water rapids and nature, but when I looked out the window of the bus one day and saw kayakers paddling down the Chicago River, I knew it could be more leisurely than that, and I had to knock it off of my Chicago bucket list. Brothers Aaron and Asher Gershenzon and partner James Morro, all of them ski instructors in Colorado during the winter, started Urban Kayaks in their hometown two years ago in...

Kayaking might conjure up white water images and gentle waves on winding lakes but there is a growing urban kayak scene and Chicago plays a significant role in it. Of course, you can kayak on Lake Michigan but that’s so typical. The truly adventurous take to the historic Chicago River, which once flowed into Lake Michigan but was reversed to course toward the Mississippi River basin in the 19th century, forever linking the Great Lakes with the Mississippi waterways. Urban Kayaks supplies a host of tours and rentals for the...