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Chicago Riverwalk Tours

Chicago Riverwalk
Connecting Lake Michigan to downtown, the Chicago Riverwalk is an open-air pedestrian-friendly walkway that runs along the Chicago River. Composed of six main sections, the Riverwalk is a main hub for entertainment. Head to the Marina Plaza section for restaurants, outdoor seating, and boat access. Take a stroll through a series of piers and floating wetland gardens at the Riverbank, or head to the Water Plaza where the kids can splash in water fountains.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.
Address: E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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28 Tours and Activities to Experience Chicago Riverwalk

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.85
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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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$39.00
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

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Experience a colorful side of Chicago history with this Gangsters and Ghosts Tour. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Visit onetime gangster hangouts and haunted sites like the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.00
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$27.00
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.00
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$29.00
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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

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Stroll through downtown Chicago on this walking food tour. Visit Millennium Park, the Palmer House Hotel and other city landmarks. Taste quintessential Chicago foods such as deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, plus chocolates and pastry. All food tastings are included, and the tour covers an easy 1.5 miles (2.4 km) suitable for most fitness levels.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$62.99
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city and hits on both classic attractions and little-known sites. Beginning at the Chicago Theatre, work your way to the Chicago Pedway, an elaborate network of underground tunnels used by locals and commuters. Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile, then embark on a food tour to taste some of the city’s famous foods.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.30
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Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Explore Chicago's buzzing food scene with a small group on this small group walking tour. Stroll around the 'Loop', stopping at hidden gems and hearing tales of the city from your guide. Taste classic Chicago foods, from deep-dish pizza to dipped Italian beef sandwiches.
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  • 3 hours
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$193.20
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45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Rather than taking selfies everywhere you go or trusting a stranger to take a picture for you, leave capturing the special moments to us. You will be escorted by a local professional photographer who will guide you through your chosen route and will take pictures of your experience so you can return home with the ultimate souvenir.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Chicago North Side Tour

Chicago North Side Tour

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Explore the North Side of Chicago on this guided sightseeing tour by coach. During this 2-hour tour, experience the bustle of the Loop, the central business district and one of the financial centers of the country. Visit State Street, an important thoroughfare in Chicago's history and the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Learn about the history and culture of the city from your local guide; upgrade your tour to include a Chicago River cruise.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.95
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Chicago's Ultimate City Bike Tour

Chicago's Ultimate City Bike Tour

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Explore Chicago’s most iconic sites on a bike tour that explores Museum Campus, parks, and monuments. Follow your guide along the waterfront as you soak up the city skyline and enjoy the breeze along the easy-going route. Circle the Buckingham Fountain while you learn the history of the city’s public art, parks and museums, and capture unforgettable images of the Windy City.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.99
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Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

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The Windy City is known for its spectacular architecture and eclectic food scene. Experience both on this tour through the downtown that combines sights with nibbles. Take in famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Cloud Gate on foot and with the scenic L train or water taxi along the Chicago River. Taste popcorn and chocolate from two beloved city eateries during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chicago Riverwalk Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Chicago Riverwalk Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Rather than taking selfies everywhere you go or trusting a stranger to take a picture for you, leave capturing the special moments to us. You will be escorted by a local professional photographer who will guide you through your chosen route and will take pictures of your experience so you can return home with the ultimate souvenir. Your photo tour includes: -1-hour private session with a professional photographer -High-resolution edited images delivered via a private online gallery within 24-48 hours
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

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Named for the cable car turnarounds and the prominent elevated railway that encircled the area at the end of the 19th century, the Loop is Chicago's commercial and cultural core. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Chicago, you'll uncover the area's best sights and rich history. Along the way, you'll visit Cloud Gate, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Chicago Loop scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: Tiffany Dome, The Bean, Crown Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago
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  • 2 hours
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Discover Chicago in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure around the Chicago Loop — to the historic buildings, famous streets and plethora of real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of the Windy City. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
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$20.52
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Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Chicago

Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Chicago

Document your travels with professional, candid, photos from your trip to Chicago. Choose from a one or two-hour session in a variety of locations, Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or special occasion, capture the moments with a professional travel photographer by your side. Put the selfie stick away and work with your knowledgeable local photographer to find the perfect locations for your photos. You will be ale to access your digital gallery within five working days of the tour.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$294.98
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Chicago

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Chicago

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We are Chi-Town foodies of the first order, and we're so excited to share with you all the culinary delights this historic Midwestern city has to offer. There is so much to share about Chicago: historic enclaves, stunning architecture, an extensive collection of publicly displayed civic artwork, and a culinary style steeped in history. We will discover each facet of this unique city as we eat and explore Chicago's Loop District. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

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Go beyond the selfies and smartphone shots—and walk away from your Chicago vacation with professional-quality photos—when you book this private photo shoot experience. Meet your professional photographer guide at a time and place of your choosing and practice your poses: they’ll capture upwards of 15 high-resolution digital photos of you and your party, with Chicago’s majestic scenery as your backdrop. Your guide will also share insider knowledge and tips about the Windy City’s key attractions and eateries.
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  • 30 minutes
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$272.44
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$272.44
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Chicago and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Chicago, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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$708.34
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Chicago and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Chicago, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
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Chicago Haunted Halloween Segway Tour

Chicago Haunted Halloween Segway Tour

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Learn about Chicago’s haunted past and see its mysterious sights as you glide through the city on a Segway at night! Venture through the dark with your local guide, and see alleys, hotels and sites of some of the most gruesome disasters and murders in Chicago’s history. During your spooky adventure through the city, you’ll also see Chicago's famous landmarks lit up in glistening lights. Join in the Halloween fun all October long! Costumed guides and ghoulish tales--this haunting good-time is not to be missed!
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  • 2 hours
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$75.58
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2-Hour Haunted Segway Tour of Chicago

2-Hour Haunted Segway Tour of Chicago

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Glide through the city of Chicago by moonlight on this haunted Segway tour. Follow your costumed local guide as they show you the sites of some of the most gruesome murders and disasters in Chicago's colorful history. See Chicago's iconic landmarks lit up during the spookiest time of year and hear about the mysterious, haunted history of this storied city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Chicago Architecture Tour: Spectacular High Views and Low Views

Chicago Architecture Tour: Spectacular High Views and Low Views

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Get great views of Chicago on a walking tour that has special access to buildings not open to the general public. Your guide leads you to places with fantastic perspectives of the Windy City, and gives you time for photo ops throughout the 2-hour tour. Hear insightful commentary about the city as you cover about 1.5 miles on foot, walking at a leisurely pace with frequent stops.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.00
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