Jeff and I recently got a chance to use our Groupon for urban kayaking that we purchased a while back. We chose to take a historical tour down the Chicago River via tandem kayak. It was a nice opportunity to see the city from a different perspective and learn a little bit about the buildings that I see every day.
The tour was about two hours long and consisted of pedaling up the river a few miles and then back down again. Every so often we would stop and gather so that the tour guide could tell us a little bit about what we were seeing. Throughout, there was a good mix of information on both architecture and history given by the tour guide who was very friendly and personable.
Something to note is that more than likely you will get wet even if you are extremely careful. That just comes withe the nature of paddling. The river is not the cleanest so you just have to be okay with dealing with that.
You share the river with tour boats, police, and even geese so the water can get a little choppy at times. The tour is meant for everyone, including beginners, but those kayaking for the first time can feel a little stressed at the beginning. However, I am pretty sure at the end of the tour everyone felt comfortable inside their boat.
It was a great experience and I definitely recommend it if you are looking to try something new and a little bit outdoorsy. I learned a few historical facts and had a good time while doing so. HERE is a link to the website if you want to check it out. They also offer different tours including a sunset tour and a firework tour if history isn't your thing.