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Rather than putting a ton of effort into an outing and then just hitting one spot, why not extend the adventure? This week, we’re pairing an afternoon of kayaking on the Chicago River with some tropical tiki drinks from Three Dots and a Dash. Splash then sip.

Main Attraction: Urban Kayaks-Riverwalk
435 E. Chicago Riverwalk 312-965-0035
How much: $30-$70

Throw on a life vest and hop in a kayak for a tour on the water! You can soak in the skyline as you paddle along the Chicago River with bae by your side. Urban Kayaks offers a number of guided tours, but their most popular is the Historic Chicago Tour ($65 per person)—an hour and a half long excursion along the main branch of the river discussing the city’s amazing history and classic architecture. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can skip the tour and rent a couple (single or tandem) kayaks to adventure out on your own for $30 per hour per person. What better way to celebrate summer than a date on the river?

Don’t Stop: Three Dots and a Dash
435 N. Clark St. 312-610-4220
How much: $9-$385

After kayaking, you can quench your thirst a few blocks away at a tropical tiki bar hidden below the streets of River North. The popular craft cocktail destination is a perfect place to sip creative tiki concoctions bursting with the flavors of fresh exotic fruits, rums and spices—many of which are served in custom-made tiki mugs. Their newly launched summer cocktail menu, which includes modern and updated classic tiki drinks, will transport you to paradise. I’d suggest trying the Wiki Wiki ($14), a refreshing blend of Martinique rhum agricole, Chicago mango brandy, pineapple, lime and kiwi, or the Pandan Pain Killer ($14), made with Jamaican pot still rum, Barbados rum, coconut, tangerine, pineapple and pandan.