- 727 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.
- 727 Ratings
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable getting into the kayaks and getting onto the water. He even gave us a brief wildlife tour of the local fauna. It was great.
First time kayaking... Amazing tour! Maggie was awesome--so patient and so encouraging. Would def recommend!!!
Great experience. Awesome tour guide!
This was my first time kayaking and I had an amazing time! Great conversation with the guide and great experience over all. My tour guide was amazing and he explained everything very well. He was patient and helpful. He was very calm which helped me stay calm. Being around so many other large boats can be scary if it's your first time. He even helped me by attaching my kayak to his at the end when my arms were too tired to keep paddling. Would definitely recommend!
Great tour. First time on a kayak and the staff helped me pick a suitable kayak for me.
The staff was fantastic. Our guide Eric was very knowledgeable on the history and landmarks in the city of Chicago we passed. The staff was great making sure we were OK, or asked if anyone needed anything . This was the first time I was ever in kayak. I had a fantastic time !
The tour was pretty good., our guide was so patient with us and knowledgeable about the city's history. The guide was very helpful and literally will help if you have trouble kayaking.
The tour was amazing. Eric was so funny and always making sure we were safe and all together.
FUN! and informative!
Good people, nice tour. Too rushed for my liking but LOVED the experience!
It was our first time ever kayaking and wow what a great choice. Bubba was amazing and we had a fun time. Not only learning about history and buildings but even the personsl aspect was great. He gave us time for photos and made sure we were all safely rowing along! I will be back!
What an awesome experience! The staff was energetic, friendly, and extremely helpful. The scenic views and relaxing atmosphere made for a perfect day! I would definitely recommend the architectural kayak tour.
We were running a bit late because of traffic and they're kind enough to give us a call and wait for us. Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We loved the tour!
My husband and I enjoyed the presenter’s passion about Chicago history as well as his kayak expertise. We truly enjoyed the three hour tour of our beautiful city.
We had a wonderful afternoon on Kayak Chicago! Our guide did a great job keeping our group together and the information he provided was great! He really knows Chicago!
Our day was amazing! We had perfect weather for our paddle. Our tour guides Mike and Jerry were very knowledgeable about the history of Chicago and her historic buildings and founding companies. Our river tour was fun and educational. We can't wait to come back!
It was amazing trip) very informative and interesting) guide knows about Chicago so much) we are completely satisfied) you must try it!
Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. His jokes were truly awe full !!!! 😄
We had an awesome tour! Our guide Bubba was really patient and knowledgeable about the city's rich history. From our lessons prior to getting in the water I felt prepared and ready for our voyage! I highly recommend this to anyone visiting or living in Chicago to try this! It's an incredible experience.
Maggie, Kyle, and Brian were fantastic guides. We were on our tour during a holiday weekend and they were very safety conscious. They made us feel comfortable and confident in our kayaks and we had an amazing time. Will highly recommend Kayak Chicago! Thanks again! Michelle and Phil.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great experience.
Everything was very organized and we had fun, great weather and group.
I liked our tour guide, as he was very knowledgeable about kayaking in general and the buildings we passed on our tour. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience of being so close to the water and learning how to maneuver my kayak and appreciate nature from a different perspective. I would definitely do this again.
Bubba was a great tour guide, the sights were amazing! Nice distance, we had a small group so that was nice
Mike was a great guide! We had never kayaked before and his instructions had us up and paddling in no time with no spills. This is a unique way to see the city and enjoy the architecture.
Eric was awesome. Friendly and patient with first timers.
Eric was very friendly and helpful. He had a few good jokes too. Overall, it was fun and my boyfriend and I enjoyed the tour very much.
Our guides were amazing! They were able to keep track of everyone, provide support, and were very accommodating. The information they shared with the tour was interesting. I really enjoyed the view of Chicago from the water and under all the bridges. Thank you!!!
The Architectural Kayak tour was absolutely fantastic. Mike, the tour guide - was very knowledgeable and friendly. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is interested.
Vicky was really nice and smiling, the duration and sight were perfect
It was fun, relaxing, slightly challenging for a first time kayaker, and informative -thank you!
Such a fun experience ! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the activity is perfect for a variety of age groups.
Bubba / David, our tour guide, was awesome - the check in process / front desk people were a bit sassy, which was not appreciated.
Great tour, but it was further north up the Chicago River than I expected. It was quite an upper body workout & the trip back was brutal. 3 miles of non-stop kayaking! Other than that it was pretty good. Architectural tour was nice on the kayaks!
Gave the team a 5 for care, caution, instructions, guidance- we had a group of over 20 & the guys did a terrific job of keeping everyone safe. Tour itself was a 3..... very light for an architectural tour....the city has waaay too much to offer about the architecture, most got missed
Great tour guides! Very funny.
Eric, the tour guide was the best. Everyone was well thought out, and organized.
Loved getting some exercise in while learning more about Chicago's architecture! I enjoyed the humor and jokes that our guide added in throughout, including some stories that I wonder if the boat tours would also include (ex. Dave Matthews and the poop incident; the submarine that was found at the bottom of the river when they were reversing the water flow). Would definitely recommend the kayak tour over a boat tour to anyone visiting Chicago!
Instructers need to be more pantience
Great afternoon! We loved looking up at the buildings from the river and being out with the boats. Going under the bridges was cool! The guide was great and we learned things wed never known. This was a fun experience!
very scenic and informative. Took a few breaks in paddling to learn about the buildings and there history. Just the right amount of stops.