Chicago: Kayak or Paddleboard Rental with Optional Lesson

Chicago: Kayak or Paddleboard Rental with Optional Lesson

From US$ 37.10 per person

Explore the Chicago River or Lake Michigan with this kayak or paddleboard rental. Enrich your experience with an optional paddleboard lesson at Lake Michigan.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 hour
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Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy kayaking in either single or tandem kayaks
  • Choose between Chicago River or Lake Michigan locations
  • Learn how to paddleboard with the Intro to Paddleboarding class
Full description

Rent a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy kayaking on either the Chicago River or Lake Michigan or paddleboarding on the calmer waters of Monroe Harbor on Lake Michigan. Choose to add on a paddleboard lesson. Take a skills assessment and watch a safety video upon arrival. If you don't pass the skills assessment, it is possible to partner with a more experienced friend. Enjoy on-site portable toilets and a changing room for your convenience. Single and tandem (2-person) kayaks are offered at both locations, while paddleboards are only available on Lake Michigan. Paddleboards are for 1-2 riders. The lakefront location in Monroe Harbor on Lake Michigan offers calmer conditions for both kayaking and paddleboarding and is perfect for beginners and families. More experienced kayakers can choose to kayak on the Chicago River, an amazing place to paddle, surrounded by spectacular architecture. For beginners and children 13 and up, get up and paddleboarding in no time by learning basic skills and safety advice in the Intro to Paddleboarding lesson. Get 30 minutes of instruction with an experienced guide and a 1-hour rental to paddle on your own.

To kayak, at least one rider must be 18 years old or above. For those 15 years old and above, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the water.

To paddleboard alone, you must be at least 18 years old or above. For those 13 years old and above, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the water.

Includes
  • Kayak or paddleboard rental
  • Life jacket
  • Intro to Paddleboarding lesson (if option chosen)
  • Skills assessment and safety video
  • Open-air cubbies
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Locker rental (available on-site)
  • Dry bags (available to rent for $10 on-site)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People over 250 lbs (113 kg)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Urban Kayaks is located on the south side of the Chicago River, on the Chicago Riverwalk between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Beachwear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • To kayak, at least one rider must be 18 years old or above. For those 15 years old and above, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the water
  • To paddleboard alone, you must be at least 18 years old or above. For those 13 years old and above, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the water
  • You must be physically able to paddle safely and willing to sign a release of liability and indemnity waiver
  • Weight limits: single kayak and paddleboards 250 lbs/tandem kayak 425 lbs
  • For experienced kayakers choosing to bring a less experienced kayaker with them, bear in mind that the Chicago River serves as a major artery for the city’s residents and tourism-based businesses
  • Portable toilets and a customer changing room are on-site for your convenience
  • The following information should be in the Exclusions section:
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Product ID: 404712