Single-Kayak Rental or Guided Tandem-Kayak Paddle at Urban Kayaks (Half Off)

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In a Nutshell

Kayakers gaze upon Chicago's skyscrapers and scenery from the Chicago River

The Fine Print

Expires Aug 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Subject to weather conditions. Valid only at 300 W. 19th St. location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Herbert Hoover won America's hearts and votes when he promised a college-educated chicken in every pot and a kayak in every garage. Get a taste of the American dream with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$25 for a two-hour single-kayak rental (a $50 value)

  • Paddle from Chinatown along the South Branch of the Chicago River, with scenic views of downtown
  • Rentals available Thursday–Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

$40 for a two-hour guided tandem paddle (an $80 value)

  • Paddle from Chinatown along the South Branch of the Chicago River, with scenic views of downtown, with a guide
  • Available Thursday–Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Urban Kayaks

Brothers Aaron and Asher Gershenzon and friend James Morro grew up in the city, but always possessed a passion for the outdoors. They practiced wilderness kayaking for most of their lives before earning their American Canoe Association certifications on Lake Superior. Each of them brings dual passions for their home city and outdoor sports to the company’s guided group and private kayak trips. Guided paddles change on every outing as guides blend downtown architectural commentary and little-known Al Capone stories with tie-ins to current events. Though each guide tells different stories, often interspersed with humor, all of them focus on environmentally friendliness. Paddling trips utilize a fleet of lime-green Confluence Watersports kayaks, and staffers often wear lime-green shirts—all of which render them easily identifiable from the riverwalk, but well camouflaged in supermarket produce sections.

One guide leads six participants and prepares them with a briefing on paddling techniques, rules of the river, and assurances of the stability of their wide-river kayaks. The guides' watchful eyes and constant advice have instilled confidence in even the most unsure participants, including basketball player Andre Iguodala, who slowly grew accustomed to his kayak by the end of his session. When not guiding trips, staffers provide their single and tandem kayaks to customers who want to explore the river on their own. They extend their easygoing atmosphere to their office—nestled across the river from the Centennial Fountain's Water Arc—where picnic tables stand by the storefront, and the owners' chocolate Labrador frolics inside around a hanging hammock.

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