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Welcome to Kayak Chicago!

Spring paddling season is here!

Spring paddling begins April 30th, 2022!  We will be open weekends in May, for rentals and tours at our Chicago River location.  Get out in the fresh spring air and explore the river, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am – 6pm.

Springs temps are perfect for paddling!  Remember to dress for the weather and the possible spring shower.  Synthetic activewear layers are best to keep you warm and dry and a light rain jacket is nice to have, just in case a breif shower rolls by.

Prepare for the sun to shine and reflect off the water.  Sunblock, sunglasses and a hat keep you protected and water and a snack will keep you hydrated and energized!

Full summer hours begin Memorial Day weekend!   Montrose Beach and North Ave. beach will open May 28th and all three location go to 7 days a week.


Gift your friends and family an experience of a lifetime and a summer adventure to look forward to, with our paddling gift certificates.

Start planning your next day on the water!

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Fresh air, adventure, exercise and the best summer activity in Chicago! You make it fun, we keep it safe.  The past two years have streamlined our cleaning policy and we will continue to keep our jackets and equipment clean and fresh on a daily basis.

The team at Kayak Chicago is here to make your paddling experience with us, the most memorable adventure you have this summer!  Our crew and guides love the water and want to share their passion and teach you the skills and techniques to grow you as a paddler.  Whether it is your first time in a kayak, or you are a seasoned paddler, we are here for you to learn, grow and enjoy many more adventures to come!

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 summer activity there is, paddling!

When you join us for a guided tour, a class or rent kayaks/paddleboards on your own, all the equipment is provided.  You just need to come prepared for fun, sun and an experience of a lifetime.

We look forward to seeing you on the water soon!

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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.