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    Fireworks Paddle

    Kayak Chicago
    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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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Kayak Chicago
    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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    Learn to Kayak

    Kayak Chicago
    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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    City Lights Paddle

    Kayak Chicago
    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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    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekend)

    VIP Chicago Parties
    Looking for a day out on the water? Renting a jet ski from VIP Chicago Parties is the perfect way to spend a couple hours on an afternoon or an evening. VIP Chicago Parties is dedicated to providing great jet skis and services with the highest degree of safety and fun. They have built their reputation and long-term relationship with satisfied clients around the Chicago-area. Their goal is to make your jet ski rental experience easy, fun, and very memorable. Never driven a jet ski? No problem! Chicago VIP Parties will provide a short training session for the group or driver upon arrival and prior to boarding your water vehicle. Break loose and ride the waves!
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    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekday)

    VIP Chicago Parties
    Looking for a day out on the water? Renting a jet ski from VIP Chicago Parties is the perfect way to spend a couple hours on an afternoon or evening. VIP Chicago Parties is dedicated to providing great jet skis and services with the highest degree of safety and fun. They have built their reputation and long-term relationship with satisfied clients around the Chicago-area. Their goal is to make your jet ski rental experience easy, fun, and very memorable. Never driven a jet ski? No problem! Chicago VIP Parties will provide a short training session for the group or driver upon arrival and prior to boarding your water vehicle. Break loose and ride the waves!
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    Intro Scuba Diving

    Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop
    It's not very easy to scuba in the city. When you dive in Chicago, you might be as likely to find a tire as you are an exotic fish. This Intro to Scuba class is a safe, enjoyable way to expose yourself to what a deep sea adventure may hold. Start your scuba workshop in the classroom, where you'll learn the basics of scuba diving. Once you've gathered the fundamentals, grab a mask and take dive to apply those fundamentals you've just learned. How deep can you dive?
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    American Sailing Association 118: Introductory Docking

    Seabreeze Charter
    Tired of crashing into piers with your multi-million dollar yacht? We feel your pain (in our dreams). This on-the-water instruction is designed to develop your docking skills, so that you can safely leave and return to dock with confidence. You'll work with experienced instructors with tons of experience docking and sailing, enjoying step-by-step support. As you progress, you'll also learn how to dock under less-than-desirable conditions, just in case things are a bit choppier when you return than they were when you left. Don't let this opportunity sail away without you!
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    Chicago KayOuts

    Wateriders Kayak Tours and Rentals
    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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    Night Hike

    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    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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