- 624 Ratings
Chicago Architectural History Kayaking Tour
Explore the history of downtown Chicago on a kayaking tour that gives you a duck's-eye view of the city landscape. Cruise past architectural marvels as you paddle your way down central waterways for a scenic adventure.
What You Will Do
- Learn about the architectural history of Chicago while weaving your kayak through the city's rivers and canals
- Get a crash-course in kayaking from a knowledgeable guide to learn basic skills, strokes, and safety rules
- Put your newfound skills into action by launching your kayak into waters surrounded by towers of glass and steel
- 3-hour guided kayaking tour
- Brief kayaking lesson
Choose single or double boats upon arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Bring sunglasses, sunblock, a hat, and a waterproof bag to protect your camera Dress for the weather. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best.
- 624 Ratings
Friendly and knowledgable staff gave way to a great experience. Good length in that we we're ready to be done feeling like we got what we paid for. Perfect tourist activity for people (like ourselves) who are sick of taking visiting friends/family to the typical tourist attractions.
Great tour, but it would have really helped to stop more on the way back and discuss sights. That all happened on the way down, but then it was one long slog on the way back. Hard at the end, and going up stream.
Cameron and myself had a fantastic day - learned lots and truly enjoyed our experience. Our guide was smart, informative and funny which made our day enjoyable. Thanks Kris
This was a great, relaxed, informative and secure tour. Bubba was friendly, engaging, educated and made a few of us kayak newbies feel safe. It's a terrific tour group! Love little Mr. Dude (dachshund) taking care of the tour launch site too!
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the whole experience was extremely worth it. We will return again
Bubba was very funny and helpful.
Bubba was very good.
Great guide, would have liked to drop closer to city, and more architectural content.
Very friendly and personable guide. Great views from the river.
Maggie and Lucy were fun and informative. They went out of their way to keep us safe and ensure we had the best experience possible. Great time!
Kayak Chicago was very professional and entertaining. They helped to make sure we were safe throughout the tour, and shared fantastic details about Chicago. The size of the group was a bit large, which made it difficult to stay together, but they did a good job waiting for most folks to be back before sharing details and updates. Overall, great tour, and would do it again.
Great guide and easy for beginners. We had a blast
Loved the people that did the tour, and the convenience of parking, and the pre tour lesson, and concerns for keeping you safe while on the tour. I brought 2 others with me...and we did the Architectural tour. My only wish was that we were able to hear more from the main tour guide, unless you were in front of the tour we had a hard time hearing. And 1 recommendations...to clean or air out the safety vests more...they had a musty odor. Otherwise, awesome time...great memories...I’ll go again! Thank you Kayak Chicago!
I did a Architectural Tour with the Kayak Chicago crew. It was a very good experience. The tour guide "Bubba" was very knowledgeable and personable, he really made the trip a fun time. The other team members were also very knowledgeable and helpful. The group works as a team and helps every participant with paddle technique and launching into the river. The experience is well worth the value. I will definitely be looking into more tours and rentals with this group.
Such a fun and interesting way to see the city! I left with a much deeper appreciation for it's history!
The two tour guides (Bubba and Griffin) were fantastic - both very helpful and tour was very informative on Chicago's history.
Bubba was funny and kind, we enjoyed it very much!
Baba was blast. A Chicago encyclopedia. We will be back. Safe travels.
The guide ( not bubba) was hitting on everyone. So not professional. Bubba was AMAZING!!!!
What a great afternoon this was! Go book one for you and some friends. Guide was both fun and knowledgeable, great exercise and saw Chicago from a whole new view point! Bring water bottles with you and maybe a snack in a zip lock bag!
Fun experience and kind guides. Just wish there was a little bit more architecture history given, but I understand that can be a challenge with everyone being in their own kayaks. We had a good time!
Everything was amazing! Thank you so much!!!!
It was light on the architecture and hard to hear.
Our tour guide, Mike, was warm, relaxed, had an extremely clear and concise way of explaining how to kayak safely and helped create a fun and chill atmosphere.
Bubba was awesome
Bubba and Dave were very helpful, friendly and patient with all participants. This was the best part of our vacation. We loved seeing the city from a different perspective. We will definitely do this again and recommend this company over all others.
Bubba and Dave were awesome guides/hosts! They were very professional, and safety was their primary focus; however, they gave us an amazing experience and we had a great time! Would absolutely recommend to others!
Guides, Bubba and Dave were absolutely incredible. Not only were they very entertaining but also kind and interesting to converse with. I would certainly recommend kayak Chicago to anyone that I know living in the city or visiting for a brief while. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Bubba was amazing! A winderful tour guide who knew what he was doing. Also pretty funny and totally relaxed. It was the first time I had done something like this before and I was freaking out in the beginning and bumping into things. But after a hot moment, I got the hang of it and felt pretty confident. The views from the river of the city was awesome and I felt physically challenged. The day was epic!!! Thank you!!!!!
Great way to see the city from a different perspective. The guide Maggie was great!
Vicki was awesome! She was a great tour guide and we loved her humor. We had the best time and would Recommend this tour to anyone that loves being out on the water. Thank you, Vicki!
Had a great time on the river!
Bubba and Crutch were great guides, though they need to improve their jokes!! We all had a fabulous time on this family-centered experience.....great scenery, great architectural stories, and an overall great paddling experience....
Great trip, the guides were knowledgeable and professional. All of the equipment was in great shape and our instruction was given in a timely manor. Overall I was very satisfied with my experience and would do it again.
Very friendly people. Made us novices feel comfortable. Excellent fun way to see the city from a different view
There was only two of us on the tour so that was nice, not too many people to contend with. Our tour guide was Brian, he was very nice and pointed out some great features of the city. I would have preferred to do more paddling and less talking/stopping. All in all a good experience.
Matt was a great personality for this kind of activity. I've done kayak tours elsewhere but I've never been given the right info to feel safe and confident until we worked with Matt. He was funny, informative, saved baby birds (literally), and gave us time to just quietly enjoy the experience.
I highly recommend Kayak Chicago. They set you up for success, yet the guide will always be around if you get into trouble. Our guide was super cool and informative. Kayaking isn't easy, but well worth the effort.
Took time to show me skills with the kayak before setting out and had a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding architecture. Very enjoyable, would recommend
Great tour on Chicago River. Inspiring guide with good knowledge about buildings and Chicago history, and also a good "story-teller". Very exciting to kayak near the huge new buildings near the "loop", and also great to see the more simpler parts of Chicago around Goose Island.