Urban Kayaks

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Kayaking tourists gaze upon Chicago's scenery from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan

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Promotional value expires Sep 10, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to weather conditions. Classes are non-transferable. Not valid with any other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Six Options

  • $23 for a guided single-kayak Chinatown tour ($45 value)
  • $33 for a weekday single-kayak Historic Chicago tour ($65 value)
  • $45 for a weekday tandem-kayak introductory tour ($90 value)
  • $45 for a guided tandem-kayak Chinatown tour ($90 value)
  • $65 for a weekday tandem-kayak Historic Chicago tour ($130 value)
  • $70 for tandem-kayak Chinatown Fireworks tour ($140 value)

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

We happened to have a beautiful day. Try to find that kind also!
Cleora C. · September 10, 2014
Make sure you try this place out, it is a hidden gem! Absolutely recommend the China Town tour!!
Cristin C. · September 6, 2014
The historic tour is great, lots of paddling on the river, with a lot of other boats around; but it was a super fun tour ~ gorgeous views of the city!! Very friendly/helpful staff as well!! :)
Jill L. · September 5, 2014
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    River Walk

    270 Chicago Riverwalk

    Chicago, IL 60601


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    300 W 19th St.

    Chicago, IL 60616

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