Edit: As of May 30, 2019, Chicago Paddle Co. is closing.
As much as it made me nervous, one of my top items on my Chicago summer bucket list was stand-up paddleboarding. I wanted to try it for a year before I finally took the plunge. This summer I was able to try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Michigan via three different companies. I discovered that not only is stand-up paddleboarding a tough workout, but it’s widely accessible here in Chicago.
** Some of these companies are now closed for the season but some are still offering rentals depending on the weather. Check on their websites or call them to make sure.