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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
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$23.00 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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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!
star-5
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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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.
star-5
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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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.
star-5
Great experience
Derek, Aug 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Scott was an excellent tour guide, so much amazing g information! The boat was clean and staff friendly, checking us in, in advance of the cruise to save time.
star-5
One of the gifts of Chicago
Connie_W, Oct 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
Impressed with variety, super clean maintained condition of buildings and the history so professionally described by our docent.
star-5
Great tour
Dawn_K, Aug 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
History and beauty of the city! Great tour guide and boat was clean and comfortable! Would highly recommend!
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Beautiful !!
Hugo_S, Sep 2021
90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
I really recommend it ! No doubt about me it. Beautiful trip, nice and clean. If you want to know more about Chicago, you need to take this Tour.
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Thanks
Sheila_F, Sep 2021
45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
beautiful views. Peaceful. Learned some things about this great city. Comfortable seating. Perfect amount of time.

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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