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Chicago Riverwalk

If you're looking for breathtaking views of some of Chicago's most gorgeous architecture, take a stroll along the Riverwalk. A series of public walkways and seating areas offers access to boat tours and water taxis as well as waterfront cafes and restaurants. 


Venue name: Riverwalk
Address: runs along Wacker Dr and the south bank of the Chicago River

Cross street: from Franklin St to Lake Shore Dr
Transport: El stop: Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Clark/Lake. Bus: 14, 20, 56, 60.
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Corie R

With such an amazing lakefront, it only made sense that Chicago focused on the river walk next. The river walk expanded a lot at the end of this past summer so it will be a major destination for locals and tourists in the spring. The restaurants shut down over the winter but the walk is still nice to see during the day. I work in river north really enjoy spending lunch on the river walk in warmer weather. It is also nice to walk along to avoid intersections if you need to walk along wacker during rush hour.

Jennifer J

The Riverwalk has become my favorite place in Chicago especially in the summer. I bring visitors to check the views out as well as the waterfront restaurants and bars. I finally went on the architecture boat tour and I loved it! I highly recommend doing it.  I am also excited that the Riverwalk is expanding and becoming more popular. It definitely is one of the best things about the city.

Brett H

The riverwalk is already becoming the defining location of River North. Despite being out of the open, it's still a bit of a hidden gem that isn't the go-to location for tourists and is the perfect hideaway for the locals. If you can look past it resting in the shadow of the Trump Tower, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to bring a packed lunch and escape the hustle and bustle of the workday life in The Loop. Check it out!

Clayton Guse

The Riverwalk isn't finished yet, and it's already changed the face of Chicago's downtown attractions. It actually makes the river banka desirable place to hang, and the smell of the polluted waterway isn't that bad. 


I’ve spent the last two Memorial Day weekends at the Chicago Riverwalk and it’s been amazing each time. The restaurants are geared toward tourists so they’re on the needlessly pricier side, but you’re paying for the convenience and the beautiful views of downtown Chicago. It connects to the Lakefront Path, and provides easy access to Navy Pier. If you want to take to get into the water, the Riverwalk allows you to take a boat tour of the city, grab a water taxi, or even kayaking in the river.

Stephanie L

I personally love the river walk. Lately there has been a lot of construction on it but when that's done, it's going to be even better. We usually go for runs on the walk because it's a straight shot to navy pier and the lakefront path. It's beautiful views of Lake Michigan and all the beautiful buildings. Worth a visit. You can walk, eat, drink, go for a boat ride. Love

Madeline N

Not many cities have a rivers running through them, and the riverwalk has brought an awesome and unique way to access it. Its awesome to be able to walk and/or eat along the river, and it gives you access to a amazing view of the city from below!


One of my favorite parts about Chicago. Many people are so busy that they don't have time to stop and take a stroll on the Riverwalk but it is definitely recommended.

Cineura D

Beautiful scenes of great historical buildings, plush landscaping, the Chicago river flowing up and down stream. Grabbing a bite at Chicago steak house or taking in the landscaping & architecture or even cursing on the Mercury Cruise line what a fabulous way to enjoy parts of the great city of Chicago.