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    Architectural Tour

    Kayak Chicago
    Part adventure, part history lesson. If only school had been this fun! This tour will have you paddling through the heart of Chicago as you take on the urban canyon that is the downtown Chicago River. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on the history of the area, pointing out architectural points of interest and other oddities that will make this journey almost as intellectually satisfying as it is visually riveting. All told, you'll spend several leisurely hours on the water, getting a light upper body workout that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and limber. Whether you've never kayaked before or you're an experienced pro, you'll love this intimate introduction to the city's history.
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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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    Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters of Hustlertown (PG13)

    Wateriders Kayak Tours and Rentals
    Get ready to wet yourself...Not because you'll be falling into the Chicago River (hopefully) during this kayaking adventure, but because of the terrifying tales that you'll hear along the way. This evening excursion will have you paddling through downtown, where on either side of you dark buildings and notorious legends loom large. Get a unique perspective at the urban environment that crafted by the likes of Johnny Torrio, Jim Colosimo, and Al Capone. You'll also learn about many of the reportedly haunted spots along the way - relics of the city's bloody past. Whether you're first time kayaker, or have some experience, you'll be in good hands thanks to the trained and experienced adventurist that'll serve as your guide. However, if a semi-transparent Al Capone pokes his head out of the water ... paddle faster.
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    Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour

    Discovery Center
    See Chicago from a completely new perspective... from the seat of a kayak. On this kayak tour, uncover the unique architecture and history that makes Chicago so, um, Chicago! You'll begin with an introduction to paddle strokes, group dynamics, and river safety. From there, enjoy a guided tour on the river, paddling through the great urban canyon betwixt skyscrapers. Learn the stories of how the city came to be and grew up along the river. This isn't something to be missed.
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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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    Lake Paddling (North Avenue Beach)

    Kayak Chicago
    Chicago life has its conveniences. Deep dish pizza, for one. But let's face it: concrete gets tiresome. So how about leaving the city behind for a spell during this kayak paddle along the shore of the Lake! You'll start off the trip with an introduction to the basics of paddling, so even if you have zero experience manning a kayak, you'll be able to take part in this rousing open-water exploration. Out on the Lake, you'll be treated to perfect views of the urban skyline, attaining an appreciation for its immense scope. In addition to this eye-opening perspective, you'll be getting a light upper body workout, and introducing yourself to what very well might be a lifelong hobby! Besides, doesn't absence makes the heart grow fonder? That's gonna be some really delicious pizza when you get back!
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    Sunset Kayaking Tour

    Discovery Center
    Is there anything more breathtaking than witnessing a sunset over the prettiest city on Earth? This kayak tour lets you take in the sunset from the best vantage point possible -- just remember to breathe. Here, you'll enjoy Chicago at this special time of day, watching the cityscape transform from sunlit urbania to moonlit marvel. Watch as the sunset reflects off the water and downtown skyscrapers. This tour's the absolute definition of indescribable beauty. You just have to see it for yourself.
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    White Water Rafting

    Discovery Center
    Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting as you and your friends raft Indiana's only whitewater river, the St. Joseph. After a short ride from Chicago, you join your rafting guides at the St. Joseph River. You'll receive an introduction to rafting before taking on some of the most challenging rapids in the Midwest. Seriously, this area draws Olympic winners and National Champions. Laugh, shout and have the time of your life as you repeat your thrill ride over and over again. Whether you come alone or in a group, experience an excellent introduction to whitewater rafting. After the trip you'll stop for food and drinks, with the first drink on the house!
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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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    Night Kayak Tour

    Discovery Center
    The city lights are gorgeous at night and the time is always perfect for an evening paddle... except for maybe in the dead of winter. So why haven't you properly experienced it? The tour begins at dusk, and at that point, you'll paddle down the Chicago River to enjoy the city lights reflecting in the river and off the buildings. Gaze into the eyes of the Sears Tower. See the sparkling lights of Navy Pier. Now's the time to embrace just how beautiful this Midwest masterpiece of a city is. With lights on your boat, it's time to explore the city at night!
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