• Kayak Chicago (map)
  • 1501 North Magnolia Avenue
  • Chicago, IL, 60642
  • United States

Explore the Chicago River, like the (beer) Voyageurs of Chicago’s past.

Our vessel in exploring some of Chicago's beer stories - past and present - is a replica First Nations Voyageur Canoe. The 36 foot long canoe was primarily used between 1680 and 1870 during the fur trade in the Great Lakes region.

We begin at Kayak Chicago’s North Avenue launch and paddle north and discuss some early Native American history and early Chicago beer history. When we arrive at Metropolitan Brewing, we’ll dock in order to stop for a beer or two. As we paddle back south we’ll chat a bit more about Chicago’s rivercentric beer and alcohol history. We conclude at Off Color Brewing’s Mousetrap for more brews.

$75 ticket price includes:

  • An awesome and extremely stable, Coast Guard approved replica historic canoe.

  • Professional guides to paddle you to each location (you can paddle too if you’d like!).

  • History!

  • One beer at Metropolitan Brewing.

  • One beer at Off Color Brewing’s Mousetrap.

  • Philanthropy! Net proceeds benefit the Chicago Brewseum.