Imagine finding yourself parked in a kayak on Monroe Harbor while gazing up at the stars and the exploding rockets of Navy Pier's Saturday night fireworks show! Sound like a nice date night or a splendid highlight of a weekend? That's exactly what our fireworks paddle on the lake will be. Your evening starts at twilight with our one-hour skyline paddle along the lakefront to and from the museum campus. Finish by floating on the lakeshore while watching the fireworks show almost directly overhead. There is a 10-minute safety/training session before the tour begins, so beginners are welcome. Lights are mounted on each boat. Not recommended for infants or very small children. Reservations are required.

More Details

  • Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time to check in and store any items you don't want to take with you in one of our lockers
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour on the water
  • Launch Site: This tour starts and finishes at our Monroe Harbor Location
  • How to Dress: Expect to get wet. 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.