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A K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great experience with a great guide! Drew was amazing and very knowledgeable! This is a great way to see Chicago! Thanks Drew.
Written May 19, 2024
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Erin B
New York City, NY126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I loved this tour! We did it our first night in Chicago and we learned so much. This is more than a kayaking tour, but also a history tour that provided an excellent base for our later exploration of the city. We took the sunset tour and seeing the skyscrapers lit up against the twilight sky was incredible. There was a downpour at the start of our tour. The guides were wonderful in waiting the rain out and offering a refund to anyone who wanted to cancel or reschedule. They continued to be excellent on the water, keeping the group together and safe from passing boats all the while giving us the most comprehensive history lesson of our time in Chicago, plus interesting facts about the buildings around us. I am so glad we did this and would do the tour again in a heartbeat!
Written October 22, 2023
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amy k
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
I hope that anyone considering trying kayaking for the first time stops and gives it a thought. Our instructor didn't wait for me, even though I was clearly struggling to keep up with the group. Instead, he matched the pace of the more experienced kayakers. It was a dark evening with a strong wind, and being left alone was quite frightening.
Written October 4, 2023
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genesis b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed ourselves! It was a scary experience at first but Dana was really attentive and taught us well!
Written October 3, 2023
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Liverpool1992
North Wales, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Me and my partner done this who doesnt swim, so shes was a bit skeptical but the man on reception shown us what to do and talked her through it, great service, easy to deal with, professional and fast. I would recommend bringing your own waterproof case as there $10 there and lockers are $3 but definitely recommend good seeing the city in a different angle
Written October 2, 2023
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getusername
Chicago, IL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had friends in town from London and we decided to take them on the Urban Kayaking tour vs. a busy boat architecture tour. We had Scott Doland as our tour guide and he was AWESOME! He was so hilarious and we learned a great deal about the local architecture. Also, the employees who helped us in/out of the kayaks were super friendly. We will definitely take this tour again as it was one of the best things we've done in Chicago!
Written September 27, 2023
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Sade P
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
After purchasing the tickets to kayak on the river, I was excited to see what Urban Kayaks had to offer. I have done other kayak places in the past, and this one by far is the worst one. If you want to enjoy your trip down the water, do not book here! You will have people chaperoning you even when you purchases tickets that had no tour guide included. This was a birthday gift, and the staff ruined my experience by chaperoning me the whole time, the thing I was most looking forward too was to get off and out of the water. As a tourist, the workers do to much! Let people enjoy their time!
Written September 26, 2023
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jessica s
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Amazing views!
Very comfortable Kayaks, very pleasant staff. You can visit the heart of down down Chicago, then kayak out to some quieter spots and back
We had a wonderful time !
Written September 25, 2023
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Dina R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
As a first time kayaker, I was pretty scared about taking a solo trip on the river. The team members who accompanied us were beyond amazing. At no time did I ever feel unsafe while on the water. I highly recommend the twi-light time, as the views were amazing as the city lit up. My only regret is that I can't remember our guides' names to thank them in this review. We went on Sept 10th at twilight. So thank you to our amazing guides.
Written September 14, 2023
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AlexLA12
San Francisco, CA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Having done various boat tours, I was looking for a unique experience on the water. I took the 2 hour daytime kayak tour and enjoyed my time with Felix. We had a small group, which was nice. The guide was accommodating for stragglers, but it is definitely helpful to have at least a little comfort level on the water/in a kayak.
Written September 10, 2023
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