One of our best beginner products. Our guides casually lead the group on a 3 mile round trip paddle from our boathouse in Chinatown to Harrison St. and back. A great way to paddle the river, see Chicago's incredible skyline and get some experience. This is not a tour product, but simply a introductory lesson and guided excursion on the south branch of the Chicago River. Suitable for all ages/ability levels. 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: 1.25 hours on the water
  • Another Detail: This tour starts and ends at our Chinatown location
  • More Detail: Bring only what you need. Plan on getting wet. 

Recent Tours

"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

"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.