Locations

Riverwalk

Urban Kayaks’ Riverwalk location and TacoRio Cantina can be found in the heart of Chicago’s newly renovated waterfront. Unlike any other kayak launch site in the area, guests at Riverwalk are instantly surrounded by skyscrapers and marvels of engineering. Our Riverwalk location provides the most convenient access to some of the best sights visible on the water in Chicago.

Address:

Chicago Riverwalk
435 E. Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
*Located on the Chicago Riverwalk at Riverwalk and Lakeshore Dr. See directions below*

Contact Info

PH: (312) 965-0035 Ext: 4
EM: office@urbankayaks.com

Hours of Operation
Weather Permitting

Tues/Weds/Thurs
12 P.M – 6 P.M.

Mon, Fri/Sat/Sun
10 A.M – 7 P.M.

Parking (approx 10-15 min walk to Urban Kayaks)

There is ample parking in the neighborhood adjacent to our Riverwalk location. The garage we recommend is $20 parking for 12 hours at the Millenium Park Lakeside Garage located at 5 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603. We do offer validated parking at the Millenium Park Lakeside Garage. Parkwhiz and Spothero are also good parking options.

Walking Directions from Millenium Park Lakeside Garage

  1. Exit the garage on Randolph.
  2. Head north on Columbus Drive.
  3. Once you reach Wacker Drive, cross the street to the north side.
  4. You will see several marked blue entrances labeled “Chicago Riverwalk.” They are located along the north side of Waker Drive. Specific intersections with entrances include Wells Street, La Salle Street, Dearborn Street, State Street, Wabash Avenue, Michigan Avenue, and Columbus Drive.
  5. Take the staircase down to the river.
  6. When you reach the bottom, face the river and turn right. You will be heading east.
  7. Continue walking until you see Urban Kayaks about a quarter-mile beyond the Columbus Bridge. We are located between Columbus and Lakeshore Drive.

For a visual, please use this map of nearby Riverwalk attractions and wheelchair-accessible ramps.

Rideshare Directions (UBER, LYFT, Taxi)

  1. Enter your destination as the Swissotel located at 323 E Wacker Drive. The driveway in this spot is a safe place for drop-offs.
  2. Cross Wacker Drive to the north side of the street. The intersection you should see is Columbus Drive.
  3. Find the marked blue “Chicago Riverwalk” entrance.
  4. Take the staircase down to the Riverwalk.
  5. When facing the river, turn right and walk for about a quarter-mile to Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Brown, Orange, Pink, Green, and Purple Lines) — 15-20 minute walk to Urban Kayaks

  1. Exit at the Washington/Wabash stop.
  2. Walk north on Wabash Avenue.
  3. Cross Wacker Drive to the north side of the road.
  4. Find the marked blue “Chicago Riverwalk” entrance on the northeast corner of Wacker and Wabash.
  5. Take the staircase down to the Riverwalk.
  6. When facing the river, turn right and continue walking for approximately 1 mile until you reach Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Red Line)

  1. Exit at the Lake stop.
  2. Walk north on State Street.
  3. Cross Wacker Drive to the north side of the road.
  4. Find the marked blue “Chicago Riverwalk” entrance on the northwest corner of State and Wacker.
  5. Take the staircase down to the Riverwalk.
  6. When facing the river, turn right and continue walking for approximately 1 mile until you reach Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Blue Line)

  1. Exit at the Clark and Lake stop.
  2. Walk north on Clark Street.
  3. Cross Wacker Drive to the north side of the road.
  4. Turn right onto Wacker and walk east towards Dearborn.
  5. Find the marked blue “Chicago Riverwalk” entrance at the northwest corner of Dearborn and Wacker.
  6. Take the staircase down to the Riverwalk.
  7. When facing the river, turn right and continue walking for approximately 1 mile until you reach Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Bus

For specific directions on where you board the bus, visit https://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/

  1. The closest stop to Urban Kayaks is Columbus and Wacker.
  2. Cross the street to the north side of Wacker.
  3. Take the staircase down to the Riverwalk.
  4. Once facing the river, turn right and walk east.
  5. We are located about a quarter mile beyond the Columbus bridge.

Lakefront

Urban Kayaks is proud to announce our new Lakefront location at Monroe Harbor! Operating directly south of the Columbia Yacht Club, the Lakefront offers kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals, tours, and lessons. We are located a 10 minute walk from our Riverwalk base and 2 blocks south of Navy Pier.
Address
Columbia Yacht Club
111 N. Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact Info
PH: (312) 965-0035 Ext: 5
EM: office@urbankayaks.com

Hours of Operation
Closed for the 2023 season. Reopening May 2024.

Parking (approx 5-7 min walk to Urban Kayaks)
There are a lot of parking options in the neighborhood. The garage we recommend is $20 parking for 12 hours at the Millenium Park Lakeside Garage located at 5 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603. We do offer validated parking at the Millenium Park Lakeside Garage. Parkwhiz and Spothero are also good parking options.

Walking Directions from Millenium Park Lakeside Garage

  1. Exit the garage on Randolph.
  2. Walk east towards the lake on Upper Randolph.
  3. Turn right into Maggie Daley Park/Cancer Memorial.
  4. Veer left towards the lake and go past the tennis courts in Maggie Daley Park.
  5. Cross Lakeshore Drive and get on the Lakefront Trail. There are several entrances to the trail, including Monroe Street, Jackson Drive, and Balbo Drive. You should see the lake from this location. 
  6. When you’re facing the lake, turn right at Columbia Yacht Club.
  7. Arrive at Urban Kayaks. We are the bright lime-green building.

Rideshare Directions (UBER, LYFT, Taxi)

  1. Enter your destination as Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. Lakeshore Drive).
  2. Have your driver drop you at the roundabout.
  3. Walk south a few hundred feet to Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Brown, Orange, Pink, Green, and Purple Lines) — 15-20 minute walk to Urban Kayaks

  1. Exit at the Washington/Wabash stop.
  2. Walk south on Wabash until Monroe Street
  3. When you have reached Wabash and Monroe, turn left onto East Monroe.
  4. Continue on Monroe until you reach the Lakefront. You will need to cross Lakeshore Drive.
  5. When you’re on the Lakefront Trail, turn left and walk north until you see Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Red Line)

  1. Exit at the Monroe/Wabash stop.
  2. Walk east on Monroe until you reach the Lakefront. You will need to cross Lakeshore Drive.
  3. When you’re on the Lakefront Trail, turn left and walk north until you see Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Train/El Directions (Blue Line)

  1. Exit at the Monroe stop.
  2. Walk east on Monroe until you reach the Lakefront. You will need to cross Lakeshore Drive.
  3. When you’re on the Lakefront Trail, turn left and walk north until you see Urban Kayaks.

Public Transportation via Bus

For specific directions on where you board the bus, visit https://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/

  1. The closest stop to Urban Kayaks is Monroe and Michigan.
  2. Walk east on Monroe until you reach the Lakefront. You will need to cross Lakeshore Drive.
  3. When you’re on the Lakefront Trail, turn left and walk north until you see Urban Kayaks.

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