For those who are experienced paddlers looking to go it alone, this is a great option on the lakefront. Monroe Habor offers calmer conditions than the river and is a great option for beginners


    • $30 per hour per person.
      One hour min. Prorated after the first hour. $7.50 per 15 minutes per person. 
      • Opening May 15th, 2019
      • Monday through Friday 11 a.m - 7 p.m. (boats off the water at 7 p.m.)
      • Saturday through Sunday 9 a.m - 7 p.m. (boats off the water at 7 p.m.)


        1. Must be 18 to rent a kayak alone.
        2. Valid drivers license required in order to rent a kayak.
        3. Prior kayaking experience required at this location. Be prepared for a skills assessment.
        4. All kayaks are offered on a first come/ first served basis.
        5. Walk ups are welcome, however we also accept advanced reservations for this location.
        6. Rental hours may be interrupted due to weather conditions.


        • Paddle Boards
        • Single Kayaks: Sit on Top and Touring (Members Only)
        • Tandem Kayaks: Touring

          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.