Kayaking in Chicago | Lake Michigan

With summer winding down, I’ve been cramming as many warm-weather activities in as possible. I wanted to write a quick post about my recent adventure because as a long-time Chicago resident, one thing I’ve never done in the city is kayaking.

There are a few companies you can rent kayaks through but we opted for Kayak Chicago because they operate a location out of North Avenue Beach. They also offer Stand Up Paddle-board and Catamaran rentals as well as tours and lessons.

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We chose to go out on Lake Michigan over the Chicago River because the water is cleaner and there would be less boat traffic. They provided the vessels, life jackets and paddles and we were off within 10 minutes of arriving.


The water was chilly but the sun was hot and the views were definitely worth the $25 rental fee. It’s one of the best vantage points of the Chicago skyline and kayaking is an affordable and FUN option to get out there.  It made me appreciate the access to Lake Michigan we have while still living in a big city.

Are there any activities in your home town that you’ve always wanted to try? It might feel strange to be a tourist in your own city, but who says you have to travel across the world to find an adventure? It could be right outside your window!



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