The die-hard paddlers of Geneva Kayak Center stay on the move throughout the year—both in their watercraft and across the globe. From May to September, they are headquartered in and around Chicago, where they teach kayaking during courses, workshops, and quick orientations, and dole out kayaks, canoes, and tubes for those who want to explore the Fox River's whitewater on their own.
When cold breezes start to blow through the Windy City, they head to Saint Marys, Georgia, to lead kayak camps and sea adventures on the Cumberland Island National Seashore. They also lead curated adventures off the costs of Alaska and Maine and in Wisconsin's idyllic Door County, where kayakers might spot deer grazing on grass or nibbling on cheese curds.
The hustle and bustle of the city can’t touch the calm waters of Lake Michigan. There, on gently rolling waves surrounded by fresh breezes, Kayak Chicago hosts tours and lessons, and lets paddlers take to the waters on their own with rentals. Captained by Dave Olson, a kayaker for more than 20 years and outdoor educator for more than 10, the company entrusts certified instructors and guides with shaping the strokes of kayaking newbies. Their tours take aquatic explorers down the Chicago River at night to ooh and ahh over summer fireworks or during the day to survey the city’s renowned architecture and map out their next bank heist. The staff also plants patrons on standup paddleboards for introductory lessons or wave-top rounds of SUPYoga or SUPPilates.
If it's the boater's life for you, you'll want to check out the incredible seaworthy vessels for rent at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak in Chicago.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We provide full outfitting, transportation and expertise to enable groups and teams to thrive in the outdoors. There is no other outfitting or guide service that connects clients with all the gear, transportation and an actual guide to help them thrive in nature.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Adventures Accessed was inspired by a lack of legitimate outdoor options for Chicago. We can paddle the river, hike a bit in Cook County, but we don't have much opportunity to actually get lost in our natural landscape. Knowing we rely on the CTA, we have no vehicles and are stuck; most of us don't have equipment and no one is renting out camping gear; and no one really knows the large and expansive secrets of the Midwest's national forests. So we set out to eliminate all of that in one seamless experience.
What is the experience customers can expect?
Customers can expect an experience filled with physical and mental stimulation, rewarding hikes and views, new and stronger friendships, a better understanding of our natural environment, handy new outdoor skills and a greater perspective of our planet and impact as human beings.
What do you love most about your job?
I love sharing my passion with others and helping them forge a meaningful connection with nature. It's wild to see the transformation people take from Chicagoan to master hiker. The memories are great too, all of my outings are too much fun to forget. I truly believe nature brings out the best in everyone so I've had nothing but pleasant people having the time of their lives. It's the most incredible feeling.
Premium Luxury Rentals doesn't simply provide customers with the keys to exotic cars and jet . The staff gives people the opportunity to briefly escape from everyday routines and experience an entirely different sort of lifestyle. In addition to letting patrons slide behind the wheel of a Mercedes or Bentley, Premium Luxury Rentals also gives guests the opportunity to call a condo home until the building turns back into a pumpkin at midnight. Likewise, helicopter rides and chauffeured trips around the city allow passengers to sit back and enjoy an elegant outing. The selection of activities changes depending on the season: jet-ski rentals and rock-climbing trips are available during the summer; and ski trips and snowball-packing workshops are offered each winter.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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