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Chicago River Walk Tours

  • 90 minute walking tour of the Chicago River Walk plus a short boat ride
  • Learn from the guide about the architecture of Chicago and new development on the River Walk
  • Walk next to the scenic Chicago River
Chicago River Walk Tours
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Chicago River Walk Tours
Discover the architectural gems and historical buildings of Chicago’s River Walk during a 1.5-hour walking tour with a guide. See downtown landmarks including the Tribune Building, Lyric Opera House, InterContinental Hotel, and Magnificent Mile as you walk at an easy pace along the Chicago River’s pedestrian walkway. Learn about Chicago’s history and culture from your guide, and get great photo ops throughout the tour. Return to your starting point via water taxi for another perspective to the Windy City.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Wrigley Building Plaza to meet your guide for your 1.5-hour walking tour of the Chicago River Walk. 

Start your tour with an introduction to Chicago's history, then take in iconic sites including the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, InterContinental Hotel Magnificent Mile, Pioneer Court, and the Chicago River. 

Stroll across the Michigan Avenue Bridge (now Du Sable Bridge) to the River Walk. Hear fun facts and interesting stories about Chicago history, such as the Chicago River and its harbor, the Battle of Fort Dearborn in 1812, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the SS Eastland disaster, and the filming of Batman and Transformers movies in the city.

You'll also see architectural gems along the route and learn about their backstory. Stop to check out buildings such as the Aqua and Aon buildings, Mather Tower, Jewelers Building (35 East Wacker), Marina City, Wolf Point, the Art Deco-style Lyric Opera House, and many more.

Your guide keeps things lively with trivia challenges and prizes. Expect to walk at a leisurely pace with stops for rest breaks and a refreshment along the way. Return to the Wrigley Building on a short ride by water taxi (ticket included) at the end of the tour.
Reviews (33)
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Reviewed yesterday
Abundance of information and a lot of fun!

Cindy was full of knowledge and information. We had scheduled the walking Riverwalk tour. Shortly before the tour, it began to rain and it was cold. Cindy gave us the option to use a water taxi while viewing the buildings all the way to China...More

Thank _tsholcombe0320
Reviewed yesterday
Very entertaining!!!

Our tour guide (Rick) did a great job of explaining the interesting details and the history behind the architecture along the Chicago river! Rick also made the tour entertaining with a trivia contest during the tour! My wife and I had a great time! It...More

Thank kurtkutschke
Reviewed 3 days ago
Entertaining leisurely walk

Knowledgeable guide who made the one mile walk interesting and also tested your general knowledge in a fun way. Prize to the winner. Guide took pictures on your camera which was a nice touch

Thank 67Smiths44
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent Tour

What a great tour. We learned a lot about Chicago and some of the land marks we had previously just walked by. The River Walk is beautiful and having a knowledgable guide gives you an insider Chicago view was an excellence way to experience it....More

1  Thank Tamara P
Reviewed 14 August 2018
Great way to spend the afternoon and learn about things along the river

Cindy was an excellent host. Great mix of historical facts, points of interest and some comedy tossed in to keep it fun. I'd recommend this trip to anyone. Boat ride to get it started so you only need to walk the distance once.

Thank generackow
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