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Nature in Forgotten Chicago River Canals

kayaking

Nature in Forgotten Chicago River Canals

Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
kayaking

Nature in Forgotten Chicago River Canals

kayaking

Nature in Forgotten Chicago River Canals

Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Meet at the Bridgeport Art Center around 35th and Racine Ave. Greet the attendees. Explain safety instructions when Kayaking. Provide Life Vests. Provide Kayaks and Paddles. Provide draw string for Phone/Camera safety. Talk through safety on the water. Talk through the basics of Kayak instruction. Demo getting in and out of Kayak. Demo paddling in a Kayak. Provide Gatorade and bottled water. Explain this is not a rough water river but calm with minor wake from other boaters. Help the attendees into the Kayaks in the shallow water. Lead the Kayakers in about a 2 mile journey that will take about 90 -120 minute. Along the way discuss the history of the river from the late 19th century to current. Discuss the revitalization that is occurring in the river. Point out nature. Ducks, Geese, Turtles, Sea Gulls, Jumping Fish, Schools of hatch-ling and fingerling fish. The evolution of the river has paralleled the growth of Chicago. Like most rivers in the world near populated areas the Chicago river had begun being used by people for commerce, washing, waste, garbage and as modernity encroached a new era of reclamation begins. Discuss the businesses and new development along the river on the south side and how they have changed over the years and some have stayed the same. Return to the starting point. Assist the Attendees exiting the river. Collect items used.

Your host

Learn more about Grant

Grant

I am an IT professional by day and a naturalist/camper/hiker/kayak-er that makes his passions come true in the heart of the city. I am a history buff and appreciator of Chicago's history especially surrounding the Chicago river. I am a natural conversationalist and find great joy in welcoming visitors to the city and sharing what I know with them. Fairly adept at public speaking especially on topics I have great passion. I am a Super Host and have great reviews.

What's included

Drinks
Gatorade, Diet Coke, bottled water
Equipment
Kayak, Life Vest, Paddle, Dongle for Phones/Camera

Where you'll be

Bridgeport Art Museum, Chicago sewer district pumping station, under the I-55, under the Ashland Orange line station, Park 571, Canal Port Park, paddle down the channels between Damon Ave and Loomis St. then return.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Be comfortable and confident in water, knowing how to swim is required. No intentional splashing. As you see wildlife ahead take your paddle out of the water and drift in, take a picture. Dongles will be…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Swimming and comfort in water is a must. It is extremely rare you would tip. Wear summer attire. Wear footwear that you can stand in the river with as you get in to the kayak. This is a moderate physical activity. Must be comfortable sitting upright at 90 degrees. Be healthy. Sun Protection.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

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Nature in Forgotten Chicago River Canals
New experience
$29/person
New experience
$29/person