Most lakes formed as the result of an ancient glacier, a depression in a geographic fault, or a Paleolithic water-gun battle. Dip your toes into history with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $50 for a two-hour Fireworks Expedition Paddle with 30-minute lesson for one (a $100 value)
- $100 for a two-hour Fireworks Expedition paddle with 30-minute lesson for two (a $200 value)
- $200 for a two-hour Fireworks Expedition Paddle with 30-minute lesson for four (a $400 value)
To begin the evening Fireworks Expedition Paddle, instructors lead students through a 30-minute introduction to standup paddleboarding, or SUP. Each person is equipped with a board from a fleet of more than 50, paddle, life vest, and headlamp before they launch into Lake Michigan. The fleet then paddles over toward Navy Pier to view the fireworks. Expeditions run from May 25 through Labor Day, and embark on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.
Ian Jacobson, the founder of Chicago SUP and Wakeboard Chicago, grew up on the Lake, and started his board-top paddling program after his passion for the sport ignited during a trip to Hawaii. His love for the low-impact activity also feeds his interest in its safety; as he spreads awareness of the sport, he makes sure customers know when it's safe to venture out into calm or choppy water. His passionate team gathers a range of paddling certifications, such as ACA and WPA, and many staffers are equipped with official training in first aid and CPR as well as unofficial training in blowing bubbles. Some of the team honed their boarding skills on the waves of California and Hawaii, and several boast a background in stand-up paddleboard yoga and fitness instruction.
Dubbed "the epicenter for the paddle community in Chicago" by Chicago Now, Chicago SUP ignites Jacobson's passion for the sport of standup paddleboarding in others with rentals and instruction atop calm waters boasting sweeping skyline views. As shoulders, backs, and arms work to propel the boards forward under his instruction, the core engages to keep balance on the board, resulting in a full-body workout enlivened with the pleasure of sunny skies and the thrill of submarine sightings in Lake Michigan. The company was featured on NBC Chicago's 1st Look and in the Chicago Tribune, grabbing Jacobson attention for pioneering the relaxing full-body workout in the Midwest, as well as for their innovative board-top yoga classes (SUPyo) and SUPFit classes. In the 2013 Expedition Paddle Series, he and his team point paddlers toward attainable goals as they paddle decked in headlamps toward Navy Pier for fireworks, or simply take in the skyline at sunset or the full moon above.