Best time to visit Chicago

Kayaking Season in Chicago

Take a kayaking trip on the beautiful Chicago River

Best time: June–October

Kayaking Season

Exploring Chicago on a kayak is one of the best sightseeing options in this city. There are many guided tours in historical parts of downtown. You can also choose a romantic night tour or watch fireworks from a kayak over the Michigan Lake.

If you don't want a guided tour you can just rent a kayak and go through the downtown by yourself looking at the city from a practically different angle! However, keep in mind all the safety rules that kayaking companies set out and always check out the weather before getting ready to go!

Practical info

When is the best time to go kayaking in Chicago?

Chicago offers kayaking enthusiasts the best opportunity to enjoy themselves from June to October because of the warmer weather and more favorable water conditions. It's advisable to avoid stormy winter months, while kayaking in the low season might be complicated by weather conditions. Show more

Where can I rent a kayak in Chicago for self-exploration?

Urban Kayaks, Wateriders Kayak Tours, and Kayak Chicago are among the fun things that one could enjoy when exploring various Chicago sections using rented kayaks. The practical way to get more information on prices and, for example, the location, is to check these companies out online. It's essential to book early, especially during peak seasons, to avoid any disappointments. Show more

How long is the typical guided kayak tour in Chicago?

The typical duration for a guided kayak tour in Chicago could be anything between 60 to 75 minutes, or even up to 3 hours, depending on the company or the preferred route. It's essential to scrutinize the itinerary before agreeing to the trip to make the most suitable choice based on your preferences and schedule. Show more

What safety precautions should I take before going kayaking in Chicago?

When going kayaking in Chicago, there are several safety measures put in place. First, check the weather before starting your trip. Make use of the correct equipment, and above all, put on a life jacket. Avoid going kayaking alone and follow the instructions as given by the staff or the tour guide. Importantly, familiarize yourself with the area's water regulations and currents. Show more

Are there any unique historical landmarks that I can spot while kayaking in Chicago?

Kayaking in Chicago offers numerous unique advantages, including the chance to view historical landmarks that may not be visible with other modes of transportation. You could spot famous 'Corn Cob' towers, levels of the lively Chicago Riverwalk, The Tribune Tower, and also the Willis Tower, among other impressive architectural structures. Take advantage of the open waters to take such once-in-a-lifetime photographs. Show more

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