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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 Lake and River Architecture Tour
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
star-4.5
USD42.00 per adult
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Educational tour down aqua waters.
Loved learning about the water lock. Favorite is St. Regis. Guide gave us lots of information. Plenty of space on the boat.
Amy_E, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

star-5
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!
star-5
Excellent River Cruise
Rosemarie_P, Jun. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Excellent and very informative cruise. I learned so much about Chicago and was able to see the sights close up. The boat was clean and very smooth sailing.
star-5
The guide was amazing....
John_S, Jun. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The guide was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and made the time fly by. The boat was clean and the service very good. We would definitely try another tour in the future.
star-4
Great experience
MilesAndrew_R, May 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Our tour guide John gave us a lot of good insights to the buildings and history of the city. The boat was clean and was pretty smooth
star-5
Boat trip
Jeff_C, May 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
The history the beautiful weather, all and all pleasant experience. Great accommodations , pleasant staff , prompt and covid safe
star-5
Spectacular Architectural story and tour
Santosh_M, Apr. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Trivia quiz by your guide .Gave a great description of structure along . Very clean cruise and hospitality.
star-5
A Must see for visitors or locals
Margaret_R, Apr. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Enthusiastic knowledgeable tour guide made the tour outstanding. Beautiful boat. Clean restroom. Friendly employees.
star-5
Pedway Fascination
Sally_C, Jun. 2022
Walking Tour Chicago Passageways - Pedway & Riverwalk
When I first heard about an underground walkway, I knew I needed to see it with an experienced guide. This tour was SO fascinating. Going in and out of unnoticeable parts of buildings down to the pedway was a treat. Our guide was knowledgeable and showed us many art & architectural treats. One of our favorite tours in Chicago.
star-5
a very good way of discovering Chicago
XAVIER_P, May 2022
Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: See Interiors of Chicago River Tour Buildings
I learnt a lot of things about Chicago architecture and its history with a very nice and fascinating guide. An excellent way of discovering Chicago and a very pleasant experience!! In other words, une visite aussi agréable qu'instructive.
star-4
My kind of town Chicago
JOYCE_F, Jun. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Chicago Architectural buildings are so amazing, Chicago has a superb skyline day and night. I will surely recommend this to all my friends and relatives who will visit Chicago next time. This boat cruise is one of the best tourist attractions.
star-5
Awesome sauce
Elijah_N, Jun. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Man it was mad awesome, the views were definitely nice. Even though it was really hot me and my friend enjoyed ourselves
star-5
Must tour when in Chicago
Rashida_K, Jun. 2022
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Joe was the best host I have ever had the experience of travelling with. Very knowledgeable and clearly loves his dear Chicago. This tour is informative and awe inspiring. Must recommend for everyone
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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