We were given good training before our exciting kayak tour on the Chicago river. We enjoyed the stories of our tour guide, Ryan. The trip was really fun, we had a great time kayaking amongst the beautiful buildings. We saw grey herons and other interesting birds along the way. Such a unique experience! We recommend it!
Despite the weather we really enjoyed the architectural tour with David.
Great tour... highly recommend.
My husband and I had an incredible time on our tour. It was a beautiful day and the guides were informative, funny, and great to talk to. We enjoyed doing something slightly different and experiencing the river and city in such a special way. We would highly recommend this to anyone in the Chicago area!
Brian my tour guide was incredible. Delightful and very patient with both myself and my daughter who isn’t old enough to steer a car yet and had a hard time staying straight. Brian made me feel comfortable and was reassuring. It was my first time kayaking and I didn’t know what to expect, I’m so very happy that I went and I will be back again.
Brian & David are wonderful! Give them raises!
Great tour. Bubba was an awesome guide, easy going and knowledgeable. Everyone that I encountered was great in the office as well. Very personable. Would definitely recommend.
Brian and David were excellent tour guides with loads of interesting information on the history of the river and surrounding buildings. Their anecdotes and kayaking skills along with their outstanding abilities to teach novice kayakers made this a wonderful adventure.
This was my 1st time kayaking and was extremely nervous. Guide David was great as he helped me through while still watching and guiding others. Made for a great experience.
The guides were friendly and made sure no one was left behind and everyone had a safe time on the water.
Fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Should be on the list of required activities for all Chicagoans.
This is a fun way to see Chicago from the river. Our guide, David, provided some elementary insight into some of the architectural landmarks of the city and pertinent historical background. The paddling distance is just right to do the tour in about 2.5 hours without exhausting oneself. The only drawback is that the launch is far up the river which leaves less time to paddle around downtown but it was not a showstopper for me.
Zoro and Eric were excellent guides as we navigated our kayaks on the river. Zoro’s historical and architectural narratives were entertaining. Eric was great herding us, making sure we were ok. This was our second tour with kayak Chicago and recommended them to our friends. We will continue to do so.
It was amazing.... I am sorry, I forgot the name of my kayak instructor. He was truly amazing. He will take you to history of each building and it’s artistic designs. I really enjoyed it. If you visit Chicago, definitely do it... but remember you might need bit stamina for the kayak...
We had an Amazing first time experience, really worth the trip... the history told was very interesting and we would definitely recommend others there. 👍🏻😊
Very enjoyable tour. I enjoyed the fact that the trip allowed actual kayaking time to get from the home base to the city. Fun trip
Our guides, David and Zoro were great! We had so much fun. I was a little slower to get the hang of things at first and Zoro hung out with me in the back. We had a great time! Thank you!
Excellent guide who was both knowledgeable and entertaining. I believe his name was Zoro.
Our guide David was excellent. We lucked out with a very small tour group (only 4 people) so the experience felt very personalized. Seeing the city from a Kayak was amazing.
Had a great paddle with Kayak Chicago. Highly recommend the architectural tour. Great guide & the entire process was very convenient
Great active way to enjoy summertime Chi.
Very knowledgeable and helpful guides. A beautiful day on the river!
This is exactly what I had been looking forward to! When I say it "met expectations," I mean that in a high regard seeing as I had high expectations. The stories were personal, the jokes were corny, informative guide, and got a great workout on a gorgeous day. Highly recommend to anyone going to Chicago! Wish this was in more cities, but not many cities can compete with this awesome area.
The guide did not wait for all of the group on the way home. He went way too fast, never paused for a break, and did not even realize one of the people was having trouble. I have done this tour before but this time it was grueling. It’s unreasonable to expect people to paddle as fast as they can for an entire 3 miles upstream. Will not return.
The Kayak Chicago architecture tour was the perfect way to get outside, learn some local history, and see the city in a unique way. Our guides were informative, funny, and supportive as the group made their way through the route. I would highly recommend this excursion!
David was a wonderful guide, informative, prepared, caring and funny.
This is such s cool activity to do in Chicago.
it was my first time kayaking and I think the whole tour was organized professionally.
The guides were very knowledgeable. They were extremely patient with the frustrated kayakers and would stay behind to help them out and at times tow their kayaks to give them some time to relax.
Live in the city and still thought this was a great activity to do. I would definitely do it again. This was my first time on a kayak, a little scary at first but relatively easy! Gets a little exhausting on the way back up the river, but we had a beautiful day so it wasn't too bad! There was a group of about 30 of us and it was not too crowded
David is as a great guide!
Great guides, easy for beginners and an amazing way to see the city. Highly recommended.
Met with a kind greeting, all of the steps to prepare for the trip was guided by one of the many staff members there. Very nice and helpful with any questions. Our guide on the river (Dave, I believe) was very knowledgeable, fun and easy-going. Clearly loves what he does and it resonates throughout the trip.