Whether you’re down by Chicago Riverwalk flanked on either side by the city’s famous highrise architecture or taking in the skyline from the protected waters of Monroe Harbour, kayaking in Chicago is a truly unforgettable activity.
After shutting down for the winter season, kayaking returns to Chicago in May each year. The icy conditions of the Midwestern winter are enough to make even the bravest of souls think twice before taking to the water but now Chicago is in full bloom, there are few activities as enriching.
Urban Kayaks finally reopened their Riverwalk location in early May kicking off the spring and summer seasons of kayaking.
Historic Chicago Tours offer 90-minute guided excursions on the Main Branch of the river paddling through the city’s core via skyscraper canyons and under historic bridges while learning about Chicago’s rich history.
There are extra special tours at sunset and twilight where you can experience the soft golden glow bounce through Chicago’s artificial valleys or watch Art on the MART from the water.
As Chicago heats up further kayaking extravaganzas of all kinds will return. Happy Hour kayaking is followed by a tiki party with fellow kayakers at the Island Party Hut afterward and with weekly fireworks at Navy Pier Urban Kayaks’ Firework Tours offer a truly memorable night beneath a bursting sky.
Similar activities are available at the Lakefront location with sunset paddles, coastal tours, and Kayak Touring Instructor Courses for those who want to make it more than a one-off activity.
Single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddleboards are available at both locations so you can navigate Chicago’s winding river or Monroe Harbour at whichever pace you desire. Learn about the sights with a tour guide or explore the river independently and see where it takes you.
[Featured image provided by Urban Kayaks]