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The Chicago Riverwalk is an open, pedestrian waterfront located on the south bank of the main branch of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It spans from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. Called the city's 'Second Lakefront', the Riverwalk contains restaurants, park-seating, boat rentals, and other activities. Its current and planned final extent was opened to Wolf Point in 2017.
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It's very interesting to watch all different kinds of people walking by. There are tourboats on the Chicago River. Plenty of buses, and taxicabs, easily accessible. Restaurants galore. Shopping in abundance. But beware, when the bridge goes up, it's like a train crossing...you have to wait until it's all clear.
So happy that the city built this out. It is amazing way to experience the river, and each section represents a different type of goal or entertainment that occurs in that section. This ranges from bars and food to biodiverse floating gardens, to a fountain for children. A great place for photography and getting a glass of wine on a nice spring or summer day!
A new Chicago gem. Worth visiting at any weather. Several bathrooms there won't come amiss. The best place for people and architecture watching.
The Riverwalk is absolutely gorgeous. Whether you're just walking along the shore or taking one of the river cruises, it's one of the finest way to see Chicago. And there's quite a few nice restaurants up and down the stretch, definitely worth a visit.
Beautiful place. Should go there in the evening when the city lights up. It's simply amazing.
Wonderful place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the City of Chicago. If you are an architecture buff you will definitely love and admire the high rise buildings of downtown. I went in March and it was pretty cold and not too many people are walking around. I suggest visiting during Spring or in the summer when its warmer and the river cruises are operating. Lot of restaurants along the river walk. Definitely a must do if you are visiting Chicago.
Had a great time at the Riverwalk, especially for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The energy was lively, and despite there being a ton of people, it never felt too uncomfortable. When the weather is a bit cooler, the wind hits you hard, so definitely bundle up, but the views are great. It is a pleasant walk and there is a lot to see along the river. Seeing the river dyed green is quite the sight to see and will be burned in your mind as a great memory after seeing it in person. Outside of that celebration, it's still worth a visit!
Chicago has done very well with the updates to the river area. Beautiful river walk stretches all the way to the Lake and towards the Museums. You truly can spend hours on a beautiful day people watching and enjoying the sites of this wonderful city. The view are great from many places on the walk and the river when not dyed green is really truly very clear.
A scenic tour through the river. It is filled with many different restaurants and always seems to have life surrounding it. The views here are amazing as you get to experience the architecture as you walk. They also have some games set up so you can feel free to get your competitive juice flowing
The Chicago Riverwalk is showing its best color on St. Patrick's Day Celebration when the Plumbers' Hall go around motorboats , while dyeing the Chicago River in the color green. The Chicago Riverwalk has been improved with tourist amenities, facilities, and many other attractions for visitors and local residents to enjoy a strolling walk along the Chicago River. A wonderful tour for visitors to the Windy City!
Beautiful way to see the views of the downtown area. Although Spring has just begun, the walk was very pleasant (weather wise). Lots of places to eat, soak in the breath taking views and capture some beautiful pictures.
Always a pleasant and beautiful experience. It is a real jam. When it is a quieter day this time I was down there, it is nice to find it well patrolled by police on bike and also security co people. These days, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Lots to see and enjoy. Perfect way to get our steps in for the day. Loved taking a break in the Adirondack chairs for public use at the convergence of the river branches.
We went on July 4th to this place. It was filled with hundreds of thousands of people. The entire region was clean and very nice, if you love urban living. For naturalists this place may be a disappointment. There are many pubs along the river walk. For pub crawlers this is a great place. Kayaking is permitted here. Those who love running, kayaking this is a great place. Chicago's weather at this time of the year makes it a challenge to spend more than a couple of hours in the open air.
Great place in Chicago downtown.. I enjoyed a lots through out the Riverwalk..There are many restaurants/cafe they served good food..any types of drinks.. Public unisex restroom in every turn..you can see the road guide for any cafe or restroom..From here you can see the beautiful architectures (The Trump international hotel and so many buildings) of Chicago downtown..
Beautifully groomed walk along the Chicago River. If your a visitor I suggest taking one of the boat tours. It's about 75 minutes and you learn about all the buildings and history of the river. Did you know they changed the flow of the river from going into Lake Michigan to Lake Michigan flowing into the river.
Best place to have a leisure walk, eat in restaurants by the riverwalk. take a stroll or go on boating , kayaking or just sit by and enjoy the beautiful river and surroundings. Its a long stretch along the downtown with many entries to go in and come out. most entries are stairs but some of them have wheel chair access too.
I was impressed with the overall look of the Riverwalk. However, in my opinion, bicycles should be prohibited. I am a bicycle Rider myself, but there just isn't enough room to ride a bike on the Riverwalk due to all the pedestrian traffic. Other than that, I think the Riverwalk adds another opportunity for tourist and Chicagoans to enjoy another aspect of a great City, Chicago.
Such a nice place to chill. A relaxing way to spend a couple hours in tranquility. In the hub hub of downtown Chicago, this is a nice place to meander, run, jog or do a fast walk. Or, you can chill on one of the benches and enjoy nature. Saw people in kayaks, playing games, enjoying snacks and drinks. Everyone seemed to be relaxed as I was.
The River walk is amazing!! I can't visit Chicago in the summer without doing a few laps down the river walk. It was built just a couple years ago, and is still going through some really cool changes. The lighting at night is magical, and the shops are great. I can't wait to see this place in a few years. This city knows how to capitalize on waterfront public space!
The Chicago Riverwalk was redone in spring 2018 and looks stunning. This is a great place to stroll and take in city views. There are lots of places to stop and relax on an adirondack chair. City winery is nearby if you want to grab a bite and take in the view. I highly recommend making your way to the water reclamation district fountain on the North side of the river. You can walk through the fountain and are surrounded by a curtain of water. So beautiful!
Within the last four years the City has really made an effort to clean up the River-front and utilize the space, it looks great now! I appreciate the water-front restaurants/bars as well as the additional walkways. My only comment is that we should continue to try to keep the river clean, being closer to the water gives you a closer look at the trash and debris floating around.
The Chicago Riverwalk is quite nice, and this has to be one of the cleanest rivers I've seen run through the heart of a city. There is a lot of interesting architecture to see along the banks of the river. I'd definitely recommend taking the stroll if the weather is favorable.