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Opening day, May 5th!

Our Chicago river location will be open Friday through Sunday in May from 10-6pm for rentals and guided tours. Our Beach locations open May 27th and all three locations will be open 7 days a week after Memorial Day.

Join us for the best experience in Chicago! Kayak down the Chicago river through the canyons of glass and steel on a guided tour or explore at your own pace with a single or double kayak rental.  Float off North Ave. beach for skyline views, or play on a paddle board at Chicago’s secret escape, Montrose beach.

Our guides and staff are here to help you learn, be safe and enjoy everything paddling! We want your experience to be amazing from the moment you arrive until you say goodbye.  Our goal is for every guest to walk away with something new, whether it is a new found passion for paddling, fun facts about Chicago’s history and architecture, or new skills to keep you coming back for more.

What ever level of paddling experience you have, we are here to help you learn and grow as a paddler. Come for the fun and prepare for the sun! Sunblock, sunglasses and a hat keep you protected and water and a snack will keep you hydrated and energized.




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.

Buy a Gift Certificate

There is no better way to relax and enjoy a Chicago summer! 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.

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.