Special Groups


We'd love to pull together a trip for you and your friends whether you're interested in coming to something that's already on our calendar, or setting up a private trip at your own time. Contact us at 773 704-2663 or at our e-mail address to set something up.

Summer Camps

Chicago River Canoe & Kayak works with many summer camps to offer canoe and kayak trips to their campers.  If you're a camp director interested in bringing kids out, get in touch with Ryan Chew, our camp liaison using the contact form above.  If you're a parent, ask your child's camp to get in touch with us!   The most common summer camp trip is a 1.5 hour paddle, with about a half hour of fitting life jackets, talking about safety and how to use your paddle, launching and landing, to fit in a two-hour window.  Our launches are set in parks, so the campers can have their picnic lunches or play games in the park before or after paddling.

Employee Outings

In addition to the option of setting a private date for one of the many trips we offer, you might challenge your team to complete our Kayak Orienteering course.  We'll teach you to use a compass and send you on a supervised search for clues to a puzzle you'll solve together.  Whethere you choose an Orienteering challenge, a dinner trip from one of our launches, or just an easy paddle, we'll provide paddling instruction before you launch so everyone can be comfortable they'll be able to keep up.   We've organized employee outings for a variety of corporations, smaller companies and not-for-profits.  Liam Durnan, Jeff Daube and Ryan Chew, partners in CRCK, are all certified paddling instructors with years of experience, and Liam is a trained team-builder. Ask about how we can create the right paddling event for your business or organization.

  • Contact us at 773 704-2663 or at our e-mail address.