KAYAK WITH WATERIDERS!
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.
Just a minute's walk from the river, our validated parking garage is conveniently located and offers the best deal in the area - $4 + 50 cents per hour! We are also very easy to reach by bike, train (Metra or L), bus, rideshare, or foot.
With our central location, you will not get a better value anywhere on the river. Maximize your time by paddling in the downtown area!
Do you feel like you may need some coaching? We'll jump on the water with you if you are feeling nervous, or if you look like you need some assistance. While everyone receives an on-land lesson, we'll 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 over 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.
"ART on theMART" Opening Night Tour
Join us at 6 pm on Saturday, September 29th as we paddle down by the Chicago Riverwalk to watch the unveiling of ART on theMART!
ART on theMART is a brand new, curated series of digital artworks that will be projected onto the river-facing, 2.5 acre façade of theMART (formerly the Merchandise Mart), which will become the longest-running and largest permanent digital art projection in the world.
Culminating with an 8 pm fireworks display, this tour is not to be missed!
Looking to create your own adventure on the Chicago River? Rent our kayaks by the hour and explore the downtown area!
$5/person/15 minutes after the first hour
Starting 9/24, we will only be open Wednesday- Friday for rentals.
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...
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