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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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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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500 N Kingsbury St, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60654-5721
+1 312-953-9287
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic adventure. I thought my friend was crazy for choosing this as her birthday night out with friends. I haven't laughed so much in 1 night! The crew was knowledgeable & friendly they put the icing on the night for us. Have never...More

Thank Dani C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After tossing around ideas for a quick trip to Chicago, we decided we would try kayaking on the river. Wow! Wateriders popped up right away. We checked Groupon and we knew that's where we needed to go. They worked with us on line as our...More

Thank Nancy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff at Waterriders is commended for their immediate reaction to a member of our group going overboard especially "Sauce." The staff knew exactly how to respond to the call for help and helped calm the wet tourist as they provided instruction and guidance to...More

Thank Lars T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owner/leader of our tour was simply an amazing human being. He started out by memorizing the names of everyone in our tour. Then they did an excellent job of emphasizing everyone's safety before we took off. We did a LOT of sight-seeing, and he...More

Thank AdventureMom20172017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a Groupon that I had forgot about and let expire last year. They accepted it at it's face value without any problems. Everyone I encountered was friendly and helpful, especially Matthew who got my friend all setup with a double kayak. We rented...More

1  Thank ez3kielthomas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was perfect with this tour. I never kayaked before and am not super athletic. I have briefly canoed though. They give you a quick but concise training and safety course to start then the staff patiently gets everyone in a kayak. They offer your...More

Thank jenniferlynn60171
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I really enjoyed this Father's Day outing and commend Waterriders for their professionalism and commitment to safety on what was a very busy day on the Chicago River. The staff-to-customer ratio was very high, which made me feel comfortable. My one criticism...More

Thank Newmoontraveler
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We had a blast with Adam yesterday. Only one of us fell in but the rest of us had a cool time, also. (hey, don't worry Adam says only about 10 people each summer fall in and we'll now, there are only nine more who...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I did the Ghosts and Gangsters tour which I did primarily because I wanted to try out kayaking and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do so while also hearing more about the city. I thought the tour was fun and I...More

Thank powpow13
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Let me initially state that I am not an outdoor/sporty kind of guy. Don’t get the wrong idea. I like being outside but only when I am relaxing in the backyard or lying beside a pool. My wife, however, is very much an outside/sporty kind...More

Thank Robert B
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Heather L
1 May 2017|
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