In addition to our regularly scheduled kayak tours, we can accommodate private groups or events. We work with you to set up a launch time, and prices are determined based on the size of the group.
With a private tour, you get to customize how the experience plays out. Either choose to have a private version of one of our regular tours, mix and match the tour narrative, or just go for a guided paddle — all on your schedule.
Over the years, we have hosted many corporate team-building trips, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, school outings, and more. We have also rented out our boats for videos, movies, and even events outside of the city! We are very flexible, and will consider anything you can think of.
Our professional guides will take you on an urban excursion through the canyon-like channel of the Chicago River. Magnificent views abound, and you will get a bit of a workout while learning about the great city of Chicago.
Contact us today to discuss options, rates, and availability.
Dates & TimesWe can host a private tour at any time you would like, as long as we do not already have a tour scheduled for the requested time slot.
Type of TourPick either of our Narrated Tours (or mix and match)
"Classic" Architecture and History
Ghosts and Gangsters
Go on a guided Group Paddle without narrative.
Guides paddle along for safety, help with group photo-ops (maybe even in front of your building!), and paddling tips.
Narrated Tours - $65 per person
Group Paddles - $45 per person
We can give group rates for bigger events, so please contact us to get a quote.
* $200 minimum for all private Narrated Tours, which covers up to 3 people.
** $300 minimum for all private Group Paddles, which covers up to 5 people.
*** 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)
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...