You can kayak, drive an electric boat, or paddle board on the Chicago River. And starting next week, you can pedalboat.
Chicago Cycleboats, which starts operations May 17, offers vessels that seat 14 passengers with the option to reserve by the seat or rent the entire boat. Ten pedal seats are installed on the boat, which has an electric motor to assist if needed.
Tours, which last 90 minutes and include a captain, start from The Water Plaza on Riverwalk to the turning basin near Lakeshore Drive and go back to Wolf Point and down the south branch a bit, then back to the Riverwalk, said Ron Silvia, Chicago Cycleboats owner.
Silvia also owns Chicago Electric Boat Company, Downtown Docks and Frost Gelato on the riverwalk. “Boating is in my blood, and nothing is like boating in Chicago,” said Silvia, who grew up on Cape Cod.
Cycleboat also offers Wednesday and Saturday fireworks cruises. The price of private tours ranges between $600 to $800 for the whole boat. Public tours ranges from $25 to $60 per person. Tours are BYOB.
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