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Chicago Riverwalk

Waterfront, Trail, and River
Near North Side, Chicago
  • The experts at Travel + Leisure and Chicago Park District recommend this place
    • Travel + Leisure
    • Chicago Park District
  • Chris D.
    "The restaurants along the riverwalk in the summer are the best!"(4 Tips)
    Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown
    "Bring your friends and family and enjoy the scenic view of Chicago"(22 Tips)
    Michael D.
    "Great views of Chicago's Architecture."(9 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "This is a nice place 2 go 2 and walk by a river in Chicago."(2 Tips)
101 Tips and reviews
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  • architecture
  • riverwalk
  • people watching
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  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderNovember 23, 2016
    Great place to exercise the puppy🐶 early in the morning before crowds. Boat cruises still running in mid-November. All restaurants closed except Island Party Hut between Columbus and Lakeshore Dr.
  • Chris D.
    The restaurants along the riverwalk in the summer are the best! I also love the very simple water feature with playful fountains.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MirzoianOctober 11, 2013
    This is a great way for people who live downtown or in the West Loop to get to the lakefront path and run without having to stop at all the lights. It's kinda pretty too!
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MillerMarch 21, 2012
    Take in the gorgeous scenery and really take a few minutes or hours to appreciate the incredible architecture that creates the city and molds it into a wonderful place to live and visit.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraAugust 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    There are excellent views of the city. Though you can take your bike here, it is usually too busy and narrow to get comfortable.
  • Percy H.
    One of Chicago's newest and breathtaking experiences. Take a stroll on the waterfront or sit and watch the boats sail by.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherOctober 17, 2016
    A great way to meander, soak the atmosphere & architecture along the river. Many places to stop for a bite or a drink as you watch other people & boats go by.
  • Chicago Park District
    Urban Kayaks are open for the season! Located at 270 E. Riverwalk South. Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (312) 965-0035
  • Sergio M. 🇲🇽🇧🇷🇱🇷 R.
    Stunning views! It's really cool to buy a cruise and enjoy the river.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielSeptember 1, 2015
    The improvements made by the city have turned this area into a great way to spend an afternoon. Sun, water, beer, and so many dogs!
  • Scott D.
    Scott DNovember 15, 2015
    Great views of the city! It's also pretty secluded from the heavy foot traffic so it's a great way to commute if you want to avoid the crowds.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    Walk along the river on the pedestrian pathway and wave to the tour boats going by, while the cars whiz above. (I recommend taking a sunset tour too, if you have a chance!)
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The new section is amazing! Stand under the bridge crossings for an amazing photo like this one.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago says, "Run or walk along the newly revamped Chicago Riverwalk. Stop off at the cafés or rent a bike and head East to Lake Michigan."
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 21, 2015
    Beautiful place for taking in all the architectural views in the heart of the city.
  • Ninah R.
    Very nice metropolitan walk right through downtown. Pretty also at night with the lights from the buildings. River offers a number of boat rides. Kayak and canoe tours
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraMarch 12, 2016
    Great thing about this town is that everyone jogs or walks and this spot right off the river is stunning at night
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    An ideal walk from the lake to the heart of the loop. Scenic and calming. Nice cafés and a beer garden.
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinNovember 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to check out Chicago! I recommend the architecture tour.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome new path along the river!! So many cute restaurants and you have to stop for a drink
  • Jill s.
    Jill s.November 16, 2015
    Pop ups in the summer like The Hideout and City Winery are the best.
  • Ci3r@ L.
    Ci3r@ L♡v3July 25, 2013
    Great place to hangout with Friends & enjoy the Lake Front breeze!
  • Yoli Z.
    Yoli ZJune 26, 2016
    It's nice to just sit on a bench and just watch the boats and people go by amidst a beautiful background
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    For the first 10 minutes of each hour during the day, Centennial Fountain at the east end shoots water in a great arc across the river. Read more
  • Dirk v.
    Great area, huge buildings and in the middle a nice cozy waterworks to enjoy a sunny afternoonwalk
  • Taz
    TazJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great simple, hidden spot in the city where you can just enjoy the skyline, scenary and the city in tranquility
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Great view of Chicago's architecture!
  • Gabo L.
    Gabo LugoJune 14
    One of the most spectacular sights you'll ever get in Chicago. Bonus points if you arrive at sunset.
  • Lupe G.
    Lupe GuerraFebruary 2, 2013
    First walked it on a date in h.s. & found it super romantic & beautiful. Now its great people watching & a serene sit to take in our city
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    Great place to start when arriving at the city. Take a river cruise to get familiarized with the skyline.
  • SSK016
    SSK016July 19, 2015
    Very alive ❤️ great for boat rides ,walk , restaurants and in the heart of the city .
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 17, 2013
    An awesome area to view the dyeing of the river for St. Patrick's Day.
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  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MartinezAugust 24, 2015
    Bike is a good idea to go al along the riverwalk ! Stop to have a beer in some of the nice bars next to the river
  • H S.
    H SFebruary 13, 2015
    Begining and end of summer, twice a week, you can observe the bridges going up for the sail boats going from/to the lake...
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    Lou Malnati's PizzeriaAugust 17, 2011
    The Chicago Riverwalk is a great place to enjoy Chicago, its history and its magnificent architecture. Read more
  • Tabitha J.
    Tabitha JohnsonJuly 18, 2015
    The riverwalk is being revitalized section by section. A great place to hang out.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangSeptember 11, 2016
    Scenic views and lots of public seating to just sit and people/boat watch.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanApril 26, 2015
    When the weathers nice a beautiful place to run surrounded by the city.
  • Ivonne R.
    Ivonne RamirezMay 29, 2016
    Great views!.. Until Navy Pier. Just perfect if you like walking and arquitecture!
  • Shycu
    ShycuMarch 31
    Beautiful walk with several river side restaurants to chose from.
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SSeptember 6, 2015
    Wonderful walk along the river. Bikes available for rent. Nice bars for refreshing.
  • Israel A.
    Israel AiresSeptember 10, 2013
    Awesome place to walk and enjoy the view!
  • Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown
    Bring your friends and family and enjoy the scenic view of Chicago
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMay 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There's a wonderful Chicago project on Instagram called #instagram312. When you upload your Chicago photos to Instagram, tag them #instagram312 to be included in the collection.
  • Steve C.
    Steve C.August 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30pm, and every Saturday at 10:00pm. Great popcorn!
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsSeptember 20, 2015
    Beautiful place to walk, bike, jog, etc.!
  • Waleed A.
    Waleed AlkhalefahOctober 18, 2016
    Great place to walk in Chicago to enjoy the river and the skyscrapers
  • Steve C.
    Steve C.August 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes those are cars, I mean boats...uh...I don't know what those are.
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 29, 2015
    The view of the buildings are spetacular.
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