Riverwalk Chicago

Image by Claire Conway

Riverwalk – Chicago’s lower level

There is something I find relaxing about walking below the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago. The Riverwalk provides a different view of the city. The sidewalk that makes up the Chicago Riverwalk is located along the south side of the Chicago River and about 2 storeys below street level.

You can reach the Riverwalk from several different entry points from Wacker Drive, as of May 13th, 2019 the Riverwalk is open as far west as Lake St and Wacker Dr. You will walk down stairs into a part of the city that is all about recreation. You can stroll the Riverwalk that’s just over a mile long, leisurely stopping to take pictures of the bridges you will pass under or stopping at one of the bars along the way for a drink or a snack. This summer will welcome new vendors along the walk that include local favorites Beat Kitchen and Gordo’s Handmade Ice Cream. 

As you stroll you will take in public works of art and hear live music at the Island Tiki Bar. If you are looking for a more adventurous experience, you can buy a ticket to an architecture boat tour or a spot on a kayaking experience. If you head east on the Riverwalk you will make it all the way to Navy Pier or the Lakeshore path that will easily take you to one of Chicago’s beaches.

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Details about this spot



Wacker Drive and Franklin Street , Chicago

Opening Times

24 hours daily


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