Chicago's Urban Kayaks

River Walk

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Certified guides lead river excursions through downtown Chicago's historic sights, renowned architecture & illuminated skyline at night

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Promotional value expires Jun 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10/person, may buy 10 addl as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. 48hr cncl notice reqd. Must be 16 or older to ride in single kayak. Must sign waiver. Not valid 11/1/11 to 4/1/12. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The best part of kayaking is the exhilaration of exploration, until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real rivers with today's Groupon to Chicago's Urban Kayaks. Choose between the following options:

  • For $30, you get a single Historic Chicago tour or sunset paddle (a $60 value).
  • For $55, you get a tandem Historic Chicago tour or sunset paddle (a $110 value).

Historic Chicago tours are currently scheduled at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and sunset paddles shove off every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 6 p.m. Chicago's Urban Kayaks will close for the winter on November 1 and will re-open on April 1, 2012.

Chicago's Urban Kayaks' cadre of instructors, certified by the American Canoe Association, equips adventurers with the top-flight gear necessary for exploring the winding waterways of the Chicago River. Cruise solo or grab a paddling buddy or a favorite stuffed animal for the two-hour journey through Chicago's historic downtown digs, which allows viewers a chance to learn about the world-renowned architecture and the city's recently renovated riverside walkway. A guide will be on hand to hold forth on Chicago current events and to point out historically significant sights. River wanderers can also set sail through downtown Chicago for a sunset paddle to catch a glimpse of the city skyline casting shadow puppets on the Michigan horizon.

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 gangster 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.

Up to four guides lead groups of 15 kayaks or less and prepares them with a briefing on paddling techniques, rules of the river, and assurances of the stability of their wide recreation kayaks. The guides' watchful eyes and constant advice have instilled confidence in even the most unsure participants, When not guiding trips, staffers extend their easygoing atmosphere to their office—nestled across the river from the Centennial Fountain's Water Arc—where the storefront lies amidst the bustling city that surrounds it. Inside the shop, the owners' much-beloved pooches frolic around a hanging hammock.

Customer Reviews

Great outing!! Staff was attentive & very helpful Would definitely do this again!!
Tony P. · September 19, 2012
Great staff - wonderful safe experience! Would come back and do it again!
Michele H. · September 17, 2012
Very entertaining and fun experience. The answer to #1 is "NO"
Nichola G. · September 12, 2012
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    River Walk

    270 Chicago Riverwalk

    Chicago, IL 60601


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