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Wateriders is seasonally closed until April of 2019. As the pioneers of kayaking on the Chicago River, Wateriders has been hosting kayak tours for 21 years. Guests get an unbeatable view of the city's beautiful interior skyline as they paddle...more
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
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I am not a fan of water or water activities. AT ALL. But my GF really wanted to do it, so i caved.... Annnnd i LOVED it. What a great experience! Did the Sunset tour and it was incredibly beautiful. Takes only a few min...More
Super great communication! Super friendly service. A big group of us were in town for a conference. I e-mailed and communicated with Adam from Wateriders. He responded promptly and helped with all details - even down to helping us figure out transportation logistics during on...More
I first did the 1.5 hour sunset tour with a friend and it was amazing! As two middle aged women in a group of much younger travelers, neither of us had much kayaking experience and were a little hesitant to participate. But the tour guides...More
Amazing tour! The view was incredible. Highly recommend Wateriders. They don’t overwhelm you with facts and instead let you admire the beautiful view. Such a friendly staff, and their office manager puppy is pretty cute too :)
We had an amazing time on our private nighttime kayak tour. We asked to go on the later side as we had just arrived from Los Angeles and were on west coast time, and I'm so glad they accommodated us! The weather was perfect, the...More
Response from Wateriders | Property representative |
Thanks for reaching out. It is indeed a tough choice, and at the end of the day, it comes down to what is more comfortable for you. Both tours offer great views of the city - during the day you see the buildings... More
Thanks for reaching out. It is indeed a tough choice, and at the end of the day, it comes down to what is more comfortable for you. Both tours offer great views of the city - during the day you see the buildings in all their detail in the sunlight, and at night, the dark sky is lit up by all of the buildings and the water reflects much of the light, which has a really nice effect.
I definitely understand the nervousness around dark water - many people experience that feeling. If you think that will make you so nervous that when you arrive, you would not want to go, or it will ruin your experience because you are on edge the whole time, then I would not suggest that tour. However, there is significantly less boat traffic at night, which may cut down on the amount of wake on the river. Some people are also uncomfortable with choppier water and boat traffic.
If it makes you feel better, the water is not very clear during the day, either, and there are no dangerous creatures that live in the river. You would be wearing a jacket. Our boats are very stable, especially doubles - and only 10 boats flipped last year (less than 1 in 700). It is very unlikely you would end up in the water.
I personally think the nighttime tours are a more unique experience, and they focus on gangsters instead of architecture and the developmental history of the city, which can be more entertaining to some.
Let me know if you have any other questions!