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Chicago River Kayak Tour

Cook County, United States
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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Set your paddle into the Chicago River on a leisurely 2.5-hour kayak tour past the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. Both novice and experienced kayakers will be at ease on this excursion past sights such as the Civic Opera Building and the Marina City Towers. Hear fascinating tales of the Windy City as you gaze at a stunning architectural landscape from the water, just how the original Chicago natives originally navigated the area!
  • 2.5-hour kayaking tour on the Chicago River
  • Learn about Windy City history, and admire its famous architecture
  • View iconic sights like the Merchandise Mart, the Wrigley building, the Civic Opera building and much more!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A Chicago River kayaking excursion provides an intimate and active alternative to the city’s many boat tours.
Make your way to way to the Riverwalk at the East Bank Club, where you’ll meet your guide for some paddling instruction. When you’re ready, snap on your life vest and get situated in your kayak.  Both single and double kayaks are available.
Then set off through the downtown segment of the Chicago River. While you paddle along, behold a magnificent panorama of landmark buildings casting their reflection into the shimmering waters, bordered by a beautifully landscaped riverside promenade. Pass under a procession of articulated ironwork bridges that make up part of the largest movable bridge system in the world. 
You’re treated to a unique perspective on some of America’s greatest 20th- and 21st-century architecture, including Willis Tower. Learn from your guide why one particular structure's floors were built crooked, and hear about Chicago’s storied history, including tales from the natives who first paddled the river to the rampant capitalism that shaped the city
Your leisurely kayak tour concludes with a return to the launch point.


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Sally P
, Aug 2016

Really good time. Heaps of helpful guides, fun trip

Product code: 7396KAYAK3

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