Urban Kayak's premium product, we combine our Historic Chicago Tour with the twice-weekly Navy Pier fireworks show. First, spend 90 minutes kayaking through the Chicago River’s Main Branch with the skyscrapers illuminated at night, making stops at several key locations to learn about city history where its relevant to the river. Whether you are looking for a romantic after-dinner date or the highlight of your summer vacation, this is a can’t miss! There is a 20-minute safety/training session before the tour begins, and lights are mounted on each boat. Not recommended for infants or very small children. Reservations are required.

More Details and our FAQ Page

  • Approximate Time: Two hours on the water
  • Launch Site: This tour starts and finishes at our Riverwalk location, just a few hundred yards from where you'll watch the fireworks display.
  • How to Dress: Be prepared to get wet, and wear workout/cycling gloves if you have them. Your hands will thank you.

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.