Please keep in mind we require at least 24hrs notice for all cancellations. If you have any other questions please email us at office@urbankayaks.com or call the shop at 312.965.0035. Thank you for choosing Urban Kayaks to service your paddling needs.


Tour Info

  • Please arrive 15 min before your scheduled tour time to ensure tours stay on schedule.
  • Plan on being on the water for approx: 1.5 hrs
  • A normal tour travels approx 2.5 miles along the Chicago River stopping frequently to rest and chat.

Water/Food

  • Please bring a bottle of water or any other foods/snacks you may want during the tour.

  • We do sell beverages, food, and any other kayaking essentials you may need.

Appropriate Warm Weather Clothing


  • Beach attire is ideal
  • Flip flops or sandals are great.

  • Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen are all suggested.

  • Bathing suits/ board Shorts are also a great idea

Appropriate Cold Weather Clothing


  • Spring Skiing attire is appropriate.

  • Waterproof Pants/Jacket

  • Gloves/Hat are also suggested

Clothing

  • Keep in mind we will be kayaking through downtown Chicago. Do not wear nice/ dressy clothing. If you plan on going out after kayaking, bring a change of clothes.
  • The chances of tipping our kayaks is extremely low, however you will get wet. Please dress appropriately.
  • Please wear athletic clothing, preferably no jeans or cotton pants.
  • Water resistant clothing/ quick drying materials are suggested.
  • We have a customer changing rooms on site for your convenience.
  • Protect your skin. Wear Sunscreen. 

Storage/ Bathrooms

  • We do have a few port johns on site, but please use the bathroom before you arrive.
  • Locker rentals are available on site for a minimal fee. Free open air cubbies are also available. 
  • 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.
  • Bring all belongings at your own risk. We are not responsible for valuables lost or damaged during the outing.
  • We do not provide dry bags, so please plan accordingly for any electronics or other valuables you wish to keep dry.


Guided Tours: All participating individuals must...

  • Be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give consent on your behalf.
  • Be physically able to perform the basic tasks necessary to paddle safely.
  • Be willing to sign a release of liability and indemnity waiver.
  • Be willing to disclose any and all medical conditions that may inhibit your ability to participate safely.
  • Be capable of understanding and communicating with the staff and accompanying tour members.

Rentals: All participating individuals must...

  • Be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give consent on your behalf.

  • Be physically able to perform the basic tasks necessary to paddle safely.
  • Be willing to sign a release of liability and indemnity waiver.
  • Be willing to disclose any and all medical conditions that may inhibit your ability to participate safely.
  • Have had prior experience paddling a kayak on flat water and demonstrate proficient skills upon entering the water.

    Age Restrictions

    • In order to paddle a single kayak as an unguided rental you must be 18 years of age or older. Teens ages 15-17 may paddle single kayaks in guided or supervised situations with parental consent.
    • Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in a tandem (two person) kayak. 
    • Children under 50 lbs must ride in a toddler seat between two adults. Toddler life vests are not provided and must be brought by parents. Only very experienced paddlers can/should bring toddlers with them on the river.
    • All minors must have signed liability waivers and parental consent.

    Equipment Info

    • 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.

    • Life Vests and Paddles are included with all purchases.