About Chicago Paddle CO

Chicago’s leading Stand Up Paddling (SUP) destination.

Experiencing one of the fastest growing sports in the world with Chicago Paddle Co.! Whether you are new to stand up paddling or are an experienced paddler, Chicago Paddle Co. provides you the opportunity to experience all that stand up paddle boarding has to offer—from family recreation to fitness and race training.

Stand up paddling provides some of the best fun and adventure you can have on the water! With roots in Hawaii, stand up paddling entails balancing atop a large surf-like board while propelling across a body of water with a single paddle. Due to its versatility and ease of learning, stand up paddling is exploding across the nation, and has become the most popular way for people of all ages to explore various waterways from rivers to oceans.

Chicago Paddle Co. offers two location right on the Lake Michigan lakefront in Chicago, IL. Find us at Kathy Osterman Beach—a.k.a Hollywood Beach—and at Oak Street Beach! Join us on Chicago’s two most beautiful beaches for an unforgettable paddle with amazing city skyline views!

Take a beginner lesson today to get your stand up paddle experience started.

Paddling is about people.

Our instructors are the most experienced SUP staff in Chicago. We’re eager to share our passion for stand up paddling, fitness and wellness with our community. All Chicago Paddle Co. instructors hold certifications from either the World Paddle Association or PaddleFit and are Adult and First Aid/CPR certified. We look forward to meeting you!


Originally from Kansas, Amy has been a Chicago native for nearly 20 years. As an avid runner and accomplished triathlete, Amy has always enjoyed the beautiful Chicago lakefront. As the owner of Chicago Paddle Co. Amy is devoted to sharing her love of paddling with other Chicagoans!

Amy is a PaddleFit Level 2 and World Paddle Association (WPA) Level 1 certified instructor, and is Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED Certified.