WHY CHOOSE WATERIDERS?
Don't overpay for the experience. With our low hourly rates and central location, you will not get a better value anywhere on the river. Maximize your time paddling in the downtown area - minimize your cost.
Just a minute's walk from the river, our $4 + 50 cents per hour validated parking garage is convenient and offers the best deal in the area. We are also very easy to reach by bike, train (Metra or L), bus, car, or foot.
Begin your journey at the river’s hub. Our launch at the East Bank Club starts you minutes from downtown via scenic Wolf Point, where the three branches of the river meet and the city’s magnificent views blossom.
Do you feel like you may need some coaching? We'll jump on the water with you if you are feeling nervous or look like you need some assistance. Everyone receives an on-land lesson, but we give additional on-water training to those who may struggle at first.
Locally owned and operated, we were the first company to host kayak tours on the Chicago River in the downtown area. Since 1997, we have hosted over 100,000 urban adventurers through this wonderful waterway!
For 20 years, we have taken great pride in our tours. Carefully curated scripts are informative and entertaining, while our personable, experienced guides have both the knowledge and dedication to make sure you have a memorable, safe journey with us.
Now Hiring for the 2018 Season!
Looking to work with fun co-workers, to spend your summer experiencing beautiful weather, and to share great experiences with interesting guests from all walks of life in the heart of downtown Chicago? Wateriders just might be for you!
Guide, Dock and Office positions available
From Our Guests!
Bovinette: The people at Wateriders were so nice, laid back and easy going. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family...
Emily G: We all so enjoyed ourselves. The guides were fun and informative and it was a really great evening...
Jessica C: Kayaking was a lot of fun! Very friendly tour guide and all levels of kayakers welcome and comfortable...
Roy A: Great way to see Chicago and get a great workout. Terrific way to spend 2.5 hours doing something out of the ordinary...
nbktrvlr: ... It was fabulous! Wateriders is very professional; ensuring safety before, during and after the tour. The river and the grand buildings are spectacular at night. There's no better seat in the house...
Search our Schedule
Ahoy! Looking for a specific date instead of a specific tour? Take a look at our schedule timeline and select a date to see which one of our offerings works best for you!
We will likely re-open in April 2018, keep your eyes out for the new schedule!