Kayak-Friendly Condo Buildings Chicago

"Chicago summer" is often the answer you'll get when you ask locals what they love most about the Windy City. With its beautiful lakefront, rivers, and canals, the city offers endless opportunities for spending time on the water. If you're a fan of kayaking and looking to move to Chicago, finding a condo in a kayak-friendly building should be at the top of your list. The city offers many options for condo buildings that cater specifically to kayakers' needs and preferences. This guide will highlight some of the best kayak-friendly condo buildings in Chicago to add to your list.

1000 N. Kingsbury 

Another River North gem is 1000 N. Kingsbury. This condo's location is smack dab in the middle of everything. Residents are a stone's throw away from the beach, grocery stores, REI, and a large Target. The property itself offers residents a fitness center, a bike room, additional storage space, and a kayak launch less than a mile away. Many units even come with a parking spot and the opportunity for a boat slip. Life at 100 N. Kingsbury is perfect for those who want to balance their love for the city with a bit of outdoor adventure.

801 S. Wells 

Located in the eclectic South Loop (Printer's Row, to be specific), 801 S. Wells pairs the South Side's energetic culture with Chicago's natural beauty. This condo is steps away from the Chicago Riverwalk and a newly created kayak-specific launch zoneThe building offers amenities for residents, such as a bike room, common area, storage space, and exercise room. What is particularly compelling about the property is its proximity to Grant Park, the Financial District, and a plethora of shopping opportunities.  The University of Illinois Chicago is also less than a 10-minute drive away. If you're looking for a home that pairs the city with a taste of the great outdoors,  a condo at 801 S. Wells is the perfect spot for you.

Living Near Kayak Launches in Chicago

Love the idea of calling a kayak-friendly condo building home? Check out all available riverfront condos for sale in Chicago, or call or text (312) 953-0961 now to schedule a showing for a unit you'd like to see in person!

The Chandler 

This River North property offers protected views of iconic Chicago landmarks like the Navy Pier, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan. The area's protected status ensures you'll never lose your view due to a new structure. The Chandler offers a suite of top-tier amenities, including:

  • The Riverview Lounge

  • Outdoor terraces

  • Game Room

  • Billiards Room

  • Family Lounge

  • Indoor Pool

  • Hot tub

  • Fitness center (that includes Peloton machines)

Additionally, the Chandler is only a 3-minute walk from Urban Kayaks. If you need to rent a kayak, they offer affordable prices and an easy launch station. If you have your own, they often allow visitors to launch kayaks from their space. All and all, if you're looking to spend your summers on the water, Chandler is the perfect place to call home.

River Bend Lofts 

Heading north to the Lincoln Park neighborhood brings us to River Bend Lofts. Much quieter than its downtown counterparts, this property sits along the Chicago River and brings views of both the river and the Lincoln Yards Project. Residents can also enjoy amenities such as a rooftop deck and 24-hour access. A new park designed by the architects of the beloved 606 and Maggie Daley Park is opening soon and will feature a dog park, riverwalk, and kayak launch seconds away from River Bend Lofts. These condos are perfect for those who crave a quieter, more residential experience in the city while still enjoying everything Chicago has to offer.

1319 W. Fargo 

For those looking for a more budget-friendly option without sacrificing location and amenities, 1319 W. Fargo is the perfect fit. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, this condo offers easy access to Lake Michigan and Loyola University Chicago. Residents can enjoy features such as a bike room, bike trail access, and additional storage space. Its highlight, however, is its access to the water. Those looking to take their kayaks out for a spin are spoiled for choice along the shores of Lake Michigan. The building is right on the shores of Fargo Beach, and other beaches, like Jarvis and Howard, are minutes away. Plus, with Loyola just a short walk away, residents have access to all the perks of an energetic college town without the chaos.


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