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Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago Riverwalk

Free admission
E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL, 60601

The Basics

Some Chicago architecture tours and most Chicago River cruises at least pass by the Riverwalk. Walking tours offers a chance to learn more about its history and discover unique architectural gems. Admission to the Riverwalk and surrounding park facilities is free, making it an ideal place to visit for dining, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Its central location makes it easy to access by foot or bike from other popular nearby attractions, or via boat or kayak if coming from the lake or river.

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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Picturesque
Tour guide was knowledgeable and full of humor. I would definitely recommend this tour. It was a beautiful night
Rosezetta_J, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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A Must See in Chicago
Maureen_R, Nov 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
It was a beautiful day on the Chicago River and Kaye was very informative. The boat was clean, the people at the bar were very friendly..
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Fun even for lifelong Chicagoans
Kathleen_M, Nov 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
This was so relaxing, special, and learned a lot of fun facts along the way! With COVID it has been hard to find a nice date night out and this definitely delivered.
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First time but not the last time
Jacinta_M, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
First time in the Windy City and this was an amazing experience. The boat was spacious, clean and comfortable. The narrator was so easy to listen to and personable. Above all the activity is well worth the money
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Educational and Fun
Peter_W, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The trip was both educational and enjoyable. Elissa was a great guide. The boat was clean and appeared to be well maintained. A very worthwhile 90 minutes.
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So fun!
Lynn_C, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Joe was a great tour guide. Sights were spectacular! Boat was very clean. Could have used a heater!!
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Architectural tour
Beverly_J, Jun 2021
45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
Georgia wAs friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed it so much. Crew was friendly. Clean. The 45 minute tour was a good amount of time for the cruise.
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Great
Rashad_D, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Host and staff were knowledgeable, polite, and humorous. The trip was planned nicely. Also everyone followed covid protocols.
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Fun ride!
Shurhonda_I, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Learned a boatload about Chicago (see what I did there:-). Craig the tour guide was beyond entertaining. Boat was clean, captain and staff were great. Loved it!
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Do it. You will enjoy it.
Michael_D, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Great lecture about the architecture. Good selection at bar but a little pricy. Good views and really nice trip. Would have appreciated a little more distancing given Covid but line to board and cruise were all open air so hard to complain. Definitely would do again and really glad we went.
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Must to do in Chicago
TERALANDUR_P, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Brilliant tour. Very clean boat. Narrator was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and made our trip very engaging
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The boat was very clean...
Deanna_M, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The boat was very clean with more than enough room to walk around and sit comfortably. The staff was friendly and the tour guide was phenomenal.
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Night in the water
Troy_W, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Riding with my wife and enjoying the water , night lights and beautiful buildings.The service and the commentator was very good.Also the boat was a very nice and clean.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Check the Riverwalk’s online calendar for the most up-to-date schedule of concerts and events, some of which require tickets.

  • During the warmer months, it can be crowded with locals and tourists visiting for dining and entertaining.

  • If you’re planning to rent kayaks or boats, arrive early to ensure a rental during peak times.

  • The Water Plaza and River Theater sections make ideal locations for picnics.

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How to Get There

If arriving by car, metered street parking is available and many private garages are located nearby. The CTA stops nearby and the Riverwalk is a short walk from the Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra stations. Chicago Water Taxis cruise down the river and also stop on the Riverwalk.

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When to Get There

The Riverwalk is open daily, year-round. If coming during the day, wear a hat and sunscreen as shade can be hard to find in some areas. The cold winters can make for a quieter atmosphere, but be sure to bundle up if coming during the colder months.

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Explore the Riverwalk by Water

While it’s not suitable for swimming, the calm waters of the Chicago River are ideal for watersports. Tours ranging from small electric boats to big night cruises depart from the Riverwalk and sail down the waterway. For a more active experience, rent a kayak or jet ski to explore the area on your own.

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