Riverwalk Chicago – Chicago's lower level

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

The Chicago "Riverwalk" is two storeys below street level. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the river at a part that's all about recreation...

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. During the winter months, a lot of the vendors are closed but O'Brien's is always a good bet for a drink and some free popcorn.  

All year around, as you stroll you can take in public works of art or buy a ticket to an architectural tour.

About this spot

Wacker Drive and Franklin Street

24 hours daily

USD

no-price

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Chicago

Royal Highness Zhu – ChengDu Street Food

We ordered a hotpot of spicy broth, thick glass noodles, sesame balls, sweet glutenous rice balls, dumplings and I was very satisfied with the experience!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Lydia

Schultz

The 606 – Quiet nature path

"The 606" (aka the Bloomingdale Trail) in Chicago is a repurposed walking trail on a disused piece of L train track. In my opinion, it's a piece of art.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Sophie

Amado

Unabridged Bookstore – A wonderland of books

"Unabridged Bookstore" in Chicago makes me inspired and calm at the same time. It's a beautiful store where I can't help but get lost in my fav non-fiction

shopping
Shopping

By

Claire

Conway

Smack Dab Chicago – Great Breakfast Sandwiches

They are known for their breakfast sandwiches, particularly the "Bestest Seller", made with sausage, garlic chive mayo, and cheese on a homemade biscuit.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Lydia

Schultz

Strapoli Pizzeria – Venezuela meets Neapolitan

The first distinguishing feature of their Margherita pizzas is the tomato sauce — which tastes just like the blended tomatoes picked from a farm in Italy!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Lydia

Schultz

Tesfa Ethiopian – East African comfort food

The food here is prepared by Moses Sake, chef and co-owner of Tesfa, who learned how to cook from his mother. He runs Tesfa with his brother, Samuel Sake.

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Lydia

Schultz

Pat's Pizza and Ristorante – Go-to local pizza spot

"Pat's Pizza and Ristorante" in Chicago is the kind of local pizza spot that is best kept a secret - I prefer choosing my authentic ingredients on my own!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sydney

Epstein

Sacred Art – Local art lover's paradise

"Sacred Art" is a 100% local art shop with paintings, jewelry, ceramics, dioramas, photography and more. I love how the owners are almost always there...

arts&culture
Art & culture
shopping
Shopping

By

Erin

Stevens

Superdawg Drive-in – Classic Chicago hot dog spot

Founded in 1948, "Superdawg" is THE quintessential Chicago hot dog place - they'll bring your order right to your car, like they did in the '50s!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sophie

Amado

FLW Home & Studio – Architecture of the ages

Architecture lovers - if you are in Chicago, make sure to grab a ticket and get ready to explore "Frank Lloyd Wright's Home & Studio"...

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Sophie

Amado

AlleyCat Comics – Speakeasy meets bookstore!

"AlleyCat Comics" in Chicago is a colorful wonderland hidden in a classic 'coach house'. It's really a secret gem where speakeasy meets bookstore feeling.

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing
shopping
Shopping

By

Erin

Stevens

Lincoln Tap Room – Dive with great drink specials

For decades, "Lincoln Tap Room" in Chicago has been serving Steelers fans and the general public incredible drink specials...

bars
Bars

By

Sophie

Amado

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Chicago

Get to know our Spotters from Chicago

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.