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Our new world

As we navigate through our new world with COVID-19, we look to our strengths as individuals and businesses to help our communities.  Our front line workers have come together to help the sick, provide essential services and keep food on the table.  Manufacturers have shifted focus to provide help and supplies where needed, and the world has done a great job dealing with this new way of living.  It has been a new journey for everyone, whether you are working on the front lines, adapting to home schooling or trying to stay active and healthy at home, we are all in this together.  While Illinois has extended our stay at home order through May, we know that things are changing on a daily basis and we look forward to providing our services to you as soon as possible.  Physical and mental health are essential to well-being and we are prepared to open for rentals and tours as soon as we are given the green light.  As of now, it looks like we will open June 1st, but we hope to open sooner.

The team at Kayak Chicago wants to assure you that we are taking every precaution to make sure that all equipment is sanitized after every use, social distancing protocols are in place and that we will continue to provide you with the best customer service to get you out on the water!  As we ask how we can help our community, we discover that our best offering, is to give you the opportunity to explore, get out of the house, stay active and participate in the best social distancing activity there is, paddling!

To help you get out and Kayak the Chicago River, we are offering a re-open Chicago discount for all guided tours.

Enjoy 20% off with deal code “Openchicago20”

We look forward to giving you the opportunity to explore, relax, get active and enjoy the warm sunny days to come!

See you on the water soon!


Kayak Chicago is Chicago’s original kayak and paddleboard outfitter, since 1999. Our kayak outposts have everything you need for your urban adventure on the Chicago River, family outings at Montrose Beach, or catching some sunshine at North Ave Beach. Join us for one of our many guided tours, which include our Chicago architecture tour, the original fireworks paddle, and a city lights tour after dusk. For a full list of guided tours with descriptions of the tours, please visit our tours page.

Rentals, tours and lessons include your boat or board, paddle, personal flotation device (life jacket), and introductory orientation to paddling. We teach paddle strokes, safety, and rules of the water. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult on a double kayak. No reservations are necessary for rentals, so join us today.

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Paddle the northern branch of the Chicago River. Get a close look as wildlife scurries around the Wild Mile, the breathtaking skyline of downtown Chicago, and brag to your friends that you circumnavigated Goose Island.

Golden sand, glacier waves, and beach volleyball. Don't forget your sunglasses

Wildlife Oasis. Daydream near the bird sanctuary and hang out with puppies near the dog beach. Hop on a kayak or SUP to get away from it all and enjoy the summer breeze.