Chicago Riverwalk

Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, City, Free Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Uniquely Here

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The award-winning Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile promenade with opportunities to see art, hear music and people watch - all for free. Lounge on an Adirondack chair on the riverbank, have a bite and drink in the city's distinctive architecture, watch boats float by, drop a line to fish off a pier, jog and stroll. The seasons bring interactive activities, art installations, live music and other unexpected happenings. It's comprised of six coves each with its own name, landscape and activities: The Marina; The Cove; The River Theater; The Water Plaza; The Jetty; and The Riverbank. Families should head to the sunny Water Plaza (LaSalle to Wells) where kids can frolic in water sprays and the Riverbank, surrounded by floating gardens, is the place for Insta pics. Educate yourself about the canal system and engineering marvels in the Jetty area. Choose any point on the map for a romantic date night stroll or if you have a few shekels, stop for a snack, beer or glass of wine or rent a kayak right along the waterfront.


Lake St. to Lake Shore Dr. on the Chicago River
Chicago, IL 60611

(877) 300-6746

Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Free Things to Do: "The Marina area (State to Dearborn) may be the best place to snag seats for people watching and views of the Chicago River."

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Chicago's famous skyline creates an urban canyon that offers respite from traffic along with plenty of free activities.