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Chicago Riverwalk
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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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour
$74.99 per adult
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Great tour, better tour host
The food, history, and overall tour was fantastic but it was really our host that brought it all together to make it a magnificent experience
Jim_V, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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Chicago skyline
Michael_J, Aug 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Joe, our guide, was fantastic! Lots of history and humor. The boat was clean and the brew was cold. Definitely ride it again.
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Great day
Diane_F, Aug 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The boat was very clean it tour lady was very smart great day. Excellent lovely day good service we will return
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A great way to see the city.
David_R, Aug 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Great weather and great commentary. Clean boat. For an international visitor it was a great way to see the city in a short time.
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A wonder experience on the tour
Jodie_R, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable. I learned many new facts. The views of the city from the water were spectacular! The boat was clean/comfortable.
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Great tour
Chris_D, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable. Boat was clean. Easy on and off. I would recommend it. Great for all ages
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Enjoyable 9:30am river cruise
Hearthy_E, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Phyllis, our guide, is experienced and informative. Besides taking a 1-min break, she shares interesting facts and stories the whole way. Amazing! Clean steady boat, nice crew and great river view. Love it!
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Love it!!
Adriana_V, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The staff was very friendly and professional. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The boat was cleaning and departing on time. And the city is so beautiful.
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Worth the trip
Andres_U, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The views of the city and the pleasant nature of the entire excursion. It was clean, organized, and timely.
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Loved it. Captain was...
Wendy_P, Jul 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Loved it. Captain was great. Always learning more. Weather was perfect. Boat was clean. Will recommend
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Best trip
Barbara_C, Jun 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
What an educational tour on Architectural and Chicago history The boat was clean and easy to get around
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Great company and tour!
Katie_T, Jun 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Our guide Dave was great and very knowledgeable! Tour company was friendly and the boat was very clean.
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Awesome informative boat ride
Susan_O, Jun 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Tour guide was EXCELLENT , very informative, clean boat, great captain!! What else can I say??? It was perfect!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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