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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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Interesting and fun tour with a great view of the city

Great tour! In additional to walking along the river the tour also provided a short trip on the river by boat. Our tour guide, Cindy, was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. I’ve lived in the Chicago area my whole life and this allowed me to see...More

Thank engk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent tour

Our tour guide was awesome. We went on sat July 21st. She was extremely knowledgeable, fun, entertaining,and very personable. I grew up in Chicago but never knew alot of the history. I do now.

Thank Ruth B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful city! Tour guide, she was energetic, knowledgeable, perky and entertaining. A city that catches anyone attention. Lot, and lots of thing to do.

Thank CarlosBen357
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
fun and educational

Cindy kept us cool on a very hot and humid day. Her great sense of humor, depth of knowledge and ability to find shade were amazing. The tour was less about architecture and more about the history and development of Chicago and the buildings on...More

Thank Suzy S
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