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    Chicago KayOuts

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    Rather play than go to the gym? Give yourself a break without blowing your fitness goals during this calorie-burning expedition! You'll be taking to the Chicago River through Downtown Chicago with some high-tempo paddling. Whether you've kayaked before or not, you'll find yourself in good hands thanks to the experienced staff at Wateriders. You'll also be able to choose your own pace, putting yourself to the test with an all-out row, or enjoying a more leisurely tempo. The towering architecture on either side makes for a great backdrop to workout, and chances are you'll be having so much fun you'll hardly notice you're breaking a sweat. This is also a great way to improve your kayaking skills with a group of fellow adventurists who share your own expeditious wavelengths. The gym will be there when you get back. Adventure waits for nobody.
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    Chicago KayOuts

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a high-tempo workout while kayaking through Downtown Chicago
    • Take a break from your regular exercise routine without falling off track
    • Build your upper body strength with an efficient low-impact workout
    • Satiate your adventurous side while developing your paddling skills
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    Fireworks Paddle

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    Blow up your previous notions of a fun with an urban escapade for the ages! You'll have the best seats in the city to watch the Navy Pier fireworks show. That's because you'll be sitting in a kayak directly below as blasts of color light up the tranquil waters around you! But half the fun is in getting there and back, as this kayaking escape takes you down the Chicago River at night, with the lights of the buildings rising high on either side. All told, you'll venture six miles on the water, making for a nighttime row you can savor. While some athletic ability is recommended, all skill levels are welcome on this voyage, whether you've ever stepped foot into a kayak or not. Let the thrill of the night ignite your imagination, and add a little spark to your life!
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    Fireworks Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a nighttime kayaking adventure below the glittering city via the Chicago River
    • Park your kayak off of Navy Pier and take in a thrilling fireworks show
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel the adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    28 positive reviews
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    Restoration Workdays: Chicago Portage National Historic Site

    Plants give us clean air all the time. Why not pay them back? Show your love during this ecological restoration event! Lend a helping hand by teaming up with Forest Preserves of Cook County to protect the native plant population. You'll work alongside trained ecologists to remove invasive plant species and have the opportunity to learn from an expert how you're helping.. It's also a great chance to meet others interested in environmental protection and volunteerism, and maybe open a few new doors in the process!
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    Restoration Workdays: Chicago Portage National Historic Site

    4800 S Harlem, Lyons

    • Help protect the native plant population by clearing invasive shrubs
    • Work alongside a trained ecologist and learn about forest preservation
    • Volunteer to do some good and make some new friends
    • Get some fresh air while working outdoors
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    Night Hike

    There's nothing in the world like a night hike -- even if you know an area, if you've only been there during the day, you've barely seen the half of it. Come see the other half of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens on this majestic Night Hike. You'll travel through one of the most beautiful Oak preservations in the world, walking under the stars and seeing tons of animals that only come out at night. You'll be charmed by the serenity of the evening, while being amazed by the bustle of animal activity that begins with sunset. Don't let yourself miss out on the wonder that is nighttime nature-- you'll thank yourself later.
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    Night Hike

    450 W 100 N, Valparaiso

    • Take a night hike through one of the world's most beautiful Oak preservations
    • Experience beautiful vistas and quiet corners
    • See the stars and learn about how elusive nocturnal wildlife can be
    • Relax away from the big city in this charming and serene stroll through majestic woods
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    Snowboard Lesson (Weekday)

    First snow of the season, and you're ready to hit the hills. What's that -- it's your first time boarding? AND your first time at Raging Buffalo? Well, that's a lot of firsts. Might as well throw another one into the mix: Did you know that Raging Buffalo is the WORLD's first snowboarding-exclusive park? Pretty cool. Sounds like you've got a lot of exploring ahead of you. Best to keep your itinerary nice and easy with this package that gives you time to tackle all of those firsts. Allow Raging Buffalo to provide you with a board, in-step bindings, boots, a helmet, a lift ticket AND a 1 hour group lesson, all in one fell swoop. Now that's a first.
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    Snowboard Lesson (Weekday)

    3 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates

    • Enjoy the no-hassle approach of a snowboard package that includes full equipment and a lesson
    • Learn the fundamentals of snowboarding with a group lesson
    • Enjoy the scenic views and terrain of Kane County Forest while boarding in the world's first snowboard-exclusive park
    • Get an introduction to snowboarding in a class where no skiing/snowboarding experience is necessary
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    Snowboard Lesson (Weekend/Holiday)

    First snow of the season, and you're ready to hit the hills. What's that -- it's your first time boarding? AND your first time at Raging Buffalo? Well, that's a lot of firsts. Might as well throw another one into the mix: Did you know that Raging Buffalo is the WORLD's first snowboarding-exclusive park? Pretty cool. Sounds like you've got a lot of exploring ahead of you. Best to keep your itinerary nice and easy with this package that gives you time to tackle all of those firsts. Allow Raging Buffalo to provide you with a board, in-step bindings, boots, a helmet, a lift ticket AND a 1 hour group lesson, all in one fell swoop. Now that's a first.
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    Snowboard Lesson (Weekend/Holiday)

    3 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates

    • Enjoy the no-hassle approach of a snowboard package that includes full equipment and a lesson
    • Learn the fundamentals of snowboarding with a group lesson
    • Enjoy the scenic views and terrain of Kane County Forest while boarding in the world's first snowboard-exclusive park
    • Get an introduction to snowboarding in a class where no skiing/snowboarding experience is necessary
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Maybe you're missing a sense of adventure in your life. Or maybe you just can't get enough of it. Or maybe you really, really like getting wet. Whatever the reason, this introductory Stand up Paddle Boarding course is sure to hit the mark. Designed for those new to the sport, you'll be practicing the fundamentals in the controlled environment of an olympic-sized swimming pool. You'll get an introduction into the board itself, learning about different types and parts of kayaks, and familiarizing yourself with all of the nomenclature. Then you'll work on paddle stroke techniques on the water, as well as practicing capsizing contingencies, such as wet exits and cowboy rescues. After this class is complete, you'll have the foundation you need to take the next steps in mastering a sport that will open the way to a lifetime of adventure. Or getting wet. Whichever.
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    1200 W Harrison St, Chicago

    • Master the fundamental techniques of Stand up Paddle Boarding while working out in a swimming pool
    • Practice capsizing techniques that will allow you to get efficiently out of and back into your vessel
    • Take the first steps in mastering a new sport under the guidance of a certified instructor
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    Learn to Kayak

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    Escape from the bustle of the Chicago sprawl with an adventure right in its midst! Designed for those who are a little wet behind the ears, this introductory class will get you started by building a strong foundation of kayaking know-how. You'll be taking to the water on the Chicago River, launching right from Downtown Chicago. Once on the water, you'll focus solely on your paddling technique during a safe, leisurely row. This class is designed for those who aren't quite ready to take on capsizing and rescue drills, making it the perfect first step into a new life of on-the-water adventure. Learn while exploring the the river, with Chicago buildings rising up on either side, and discover a life of adventure that will never sink your expectations!
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    Learn to Kayak

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Work with a certified instructor to develop basic kayak skills in an introductory class
    • Learn while having a blast exploring the Chicago River from the heart of the city
    • Get a great upper body workout while working on paddling techniques
    • Discover an all-new outdoor hobby that you can enjoy without having to leave Chicago
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    City Lights Paddle

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    This nighttime adventure is so riveting you're basically guaranteed to wet yourself. Hop into a kayaking and explore the Chicago River during a guided tour in which you over six miles of water. As you row, you'll be mesmerized by the lights of Chicago at night rising high on either side of you and reflecting off of the water all around you. Your guide will point out some of the historical sights along the way, but this ride is more about letting the thrill of an evening excursion take over your imagination and fuel your sense of awe. Whether you've got some experience paddling or a you're a complete novice, you'll appreciate this intimate perspective of the urban landscape. Quench your thirst for fun with journey through the heart of Chicago.
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    City Lights Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Kayak across the city on the Chicago River during this energizing nighttime adventure tour
    • Learn about history and architecture Chicago as you paddle by several famous sites
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    28 positive reviews
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    Ecological Restoration

    Plants give us clean air all the time. Why not pay them back? Show your love during this ecological restoration event! Lend a helping hand by teaming up with Forest Preserves of Cook County to protect the native plant population. You'll work alongside trained ecologists to remove invasive plant species and have the opportunity to learn how you're helping from an expert. It's also a great chance to meet others interested in environmental protection and volunteerism, and maybe open a few new doors in the process!
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    Ecological Restoration

    12545 W 111th Street, Lemont

    • Help protect the native plant population by clearing invasive shrubs
    • Work alongside a trained ecologist and learn about ecological restoration
    • Volunteer to do some good and make some new friends
    • Get some fresh air while working outdoors
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