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Wateriders

500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
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The pioneers of kayaking on the Chicago River, Wateriders has been hosting kayak tours for 20 years. Guests get an unbeatable view of the city's beautiful interior skyline as they paddle through the architectural canyon that is downtown Chicago. Located on the riverwalk behind the East Bank Club in the River North neighborhood, Wateriders is ideally situated for making the most out of one's adventure and is easily accessible by all means of transportation. Both guided tours and open rentals are available.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“chicago river” (27 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
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"kayak tour"
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"chicago river"
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"safety briefing"
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"busy river"
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"the navy pier fireworks"
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"large boats"
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"everyone's safety"
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"unique perspective"
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"change of clothes"
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"great company"
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"chicago history"
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"these guys"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved our tour with Wateriders. We did the moonlight tour and I’m so glad we did. It was so hot that day and they were booked except for the moonlight tour and at first we were bummed but so happy in the end. It...More

Thank Jessica P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did not have reservations and were able to walk up and head out in a very reasonable amount of time. We went on the kayaks without a tour-guide with our 3 kids who are 12,9,4. Instructions prior to heading out were thorough. Our 4...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went out on a solo tour with WaterRiders today. Everything was super fun and chill, including the kayaking instructions. My guide was a really funny and charming woman named Carly. She was just fantastic..full of knowledge, jokes and made sure everyone on the water...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunny Chicago morning before a late afternoon flight home. My twin 21 year old son's really enjoyed . The only reason I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 5 is it was a rather crowded tour...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

First time kayaking with my teenage daughter. We had a blast. Joel is truly AMAZING! He memorized everyone’s name in the tour and there were over 30 people! He really is a great storyteller and very engaging. We did the architectural tour and he had...More

Thank jhoch71
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Went on the ghost and gangster tour. My only ‘complaint’ is it is far more gangster than ghost, but still had a blast and our leader was awesome. It is a bit of a long kayaking expedition so you definitely get your $$ worth. Great...More

Thank Criz66
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Great tour!!!! Great guide... Totally recommended. Even on a cloudy day with some good layers it was a highlight of our trip

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Heather L
2 May 2017|
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Response from Wateriders | Property representative |
Hi Heather! Thanks for reaching out. It is indeed a tough choice, and at the end of the day, it comes down to what is more comfortable for you. Both tours offer great views of the city - during the day you see the buildings... More
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