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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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Awesome way to see the city

Our kayak trip on the three branches of the Chicago River was very informative, but most of all it... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
George Z
Hartsburg, Missouri
Fun! Be prepared to get wet!

Well priced and the staff are friendly. Just be prepared that you'll probably get quite wet as... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Skye M
Saint Charles, Illinois
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The pioneers of kayaking on the Chicago River, Wateriders has been hosting kayak tours for 20 years. Guests get an unbeatable view of the city's beautiful interior skyline as they paddle through the architectural canyon that is downtown Chicago. Located on the riverwalk behind the East Bank Club in the River North neighborhood, Wateriders is ideally situated for making the most out of one's adventure and is easily accessible by all means of transportation. Both guided tours and open rentals are available.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“chicago river” (27 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Our kayak trip on the three branches of the Chicago River was very informative, but most of all it was fun. What a unique perspective to see the city from. The river was busy - it was Labor Day weekend - but our guides Adam...More

Thank George Z
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Well priced and the staff are friendly. Just be prepared that you'll probably get quite wet as power boats on the river create a lot of waves that splash over the edge of your kayak occasionally.

Thank Skye M
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This past Friday night, we took the "Ghosts and Gangsters tour" Joel was amazing, and knew every single rider's name almost immediately. The tour was an in-depth look at Chicago's underworld. You felt at ease navigating the river with knowledgeable and calm guides by your...More

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 28 August 2017

What a fantastic morning this was! Our tour guide, Joel, was awesome, as were our kayaking helpers, Nate & Sarah. I'd highly recommend this company, this team, and this activity!

Thank Leslie H
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Took my 23 year old as part of her birthday celebration. Used a Groupon and they accomodated us by opening some slots on a day that worked great. Follow the parking directions on the website and you won't go wrong. Very clearly spelled out. We...More

Thank EJJourney
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Wow. Had an awesome time doing a kayak tour. Seth was a great guide and it was surprisingly easy for someone who never kayaks. It was a great way to see the city and learn about the history. I definitely recommend!

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Uh.Mazing. Tour by Joel was perfectly geared to two kids (10/13) and me (mom). History, architecture, ghost story, just the right mix. I've done the architecture boat tours but worried that the kids would be bored. Kayaking was awesome. My 13 y/o raved about it...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is a brilliant way to see the city of Chicago! My wife and I took the Ghosts and Gangsters evening tour and it was fantastic. The kayak was easy to get used to and we always felt safe on the water. Our main guide,...More

Thank Nutflush1
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Such great company and business practice! Our Groupon expired but Adam voluntarily extended it for us and assisted us to choose a suitable tour. We went with the Sunset tour and took 2 double kayak out with our daughters. Perfect weather and relaxing way to...More

Thank ali606
Reviewed 11 August 2017

If you are looking to do something outdoors at night in Chicago, look no further, This is a great activity. You and 40-60 fellow paddlers in kayaks will travel from the launch point near East Bay Club and travel to Navy Pier and watch the...More

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Heather L
2 May 2017|
Response from Wateriders | Property representative |
Hi Heather! 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