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Art lovers will love this summer evening paddle on the Chicago River. Urban Kayaks' skilled guides lead a group twilight paddle down the river's main branch. Along the way, we'll stop to view "Art on the Mart," an ambitious public art display that is projected nightly onto the 2.5-acre riverside facade of the Merchandise Mart, one of Chicago's treasured architectural masterpieces. Book your kayak today for a front-row seat to this one-of-a-kind paddle! 

More Details and our FAQ Page

  • Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time to check in and store items you don't want to bring on the water in one of our lockers.
  • Approximate Time: 60 minutes on the water
  • Launch Site: This tour starts and ends at our Riverwalk location
  • How to Dress: 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.