Last week my wife and I rented kayaks and made our way down the Chicago River. We ended up paddling six miles (roundtrip) through the urban canyon that is the city of Chicago, and we loved every minute of it.
During the first hour our paddle was relatively calm. We were passed by only one boat as we approached the southern end of Goose Island, so we made our way to the side and had sandwiches while floating along the river.
Nearing Wolf Point, where the North, South and Main Branches of the Chicago River meet in the shadow of the Merchandise Mart, river traffic heavily picked up. We were constantly being passed by pleasure boaters, tour boats, taxis, enormous barges and tiny little electric boats.
Seeing one of my favorite cities in the world from a different perspective made for an extremely fun day.