Schedule Your Group Outing With Us!
Wateriders frequently hosts private tours outside of our posted schedule. We work with you to set up the right tour for your needs and to set a launch time. Pricing is based on the size of the group and timing.
With a private tour, you get to customize how your experience plays out. Choose to have a private version of one of our public tours, to mix and match the tour narratives, or to just go for a guided group paddle — all around your schedule.
Our guides will take your group on an urban excursion through the canyon-like channel of the downtown Chicago River. Magnificent views abound, and you will get a nice workout while learning about the great city of Chicago.
We can take a 20% down deposit for private tours scheduled more than a week in advance, which is fully refundable up to 72 hours before the tour.
Contact us today to discuss options, rates, and availability!
Choice of TourPick one of our Narrated Tours (or mix and match):
- Architecture and History
- Ghosts and Gangsters
- Our Ponzi: Chicago Characters and Cons
Guided Group Paddle
- On these tours, guides paddle along with your group for safety, assist with improving your paddling skills, and can help with group photo-ops (maybe even in front of your building!)
SchedulingAvailability is only limited by what we already have on the books. We try to accommodate every possible request.
Narrated Tours - $65 per person ($70 on weekends)
Group Paddles - $45 per person ($50 on weekends)
We offer discounted group rates for bigger events, so please contact us to get a quote.
* $200 weekday minimum
** $300 weekend minimum
*** Promotions, unless specifically noted, do not apply to private tours and events.
Group Size30 person maximum for Narrated Tours (we can divide bigger groups)
60 person maximum for Group Paddles (Groups larger than 30 will be divided during busier times on the river)
It is possible to host events larger than the above maximums with the correct timing and logistics. We are happy to discuss the details of whatever you can dream up.
Bovinette: The people at Wateriders were so nice, laid back and easy going. It was a wonderful experience for the whole family...
Nahed S: Overall it was something I d love to do again. Thank you Wateriders for making this a fun adventure...
Ursula S: I highly recommend doing the Gangster and Ghosts tour as it is at night. The view of the city is SPECTACULAR...