Entrance to Chicago Riverwalk surrounded by skyscrapers, Chicago
Entrance to Chicago Riverwalk surrounded by skyscrapers, Chicago

Chicago Riverwalk

Free admission
East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60601

The basics

Some Chicago architecture tours and most Chicago River cruises at least pass by the Riverwalk. Walking tours offer 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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Best river cruise I've done!
I loved the calm cruise down the river with fun and informative guide. Then the lake view was gorgeous! It's worth the money 100%. The tour guide also recommended things to do in Chicago I checked out that night.
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Things to know before you go

  • Check the online calendar for the most up-to-date schedule of concerts and events taking place at the Chicago Riverwalk; tickets are required for some happenings.

  • 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.

  • At the west end of the Riverpark, you'll find Wolf Point, where the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River meet.

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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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Trip ideas


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 water sports. 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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