Come on out this summer and enjoy the Chicago Riverwalk! The Main Branch of the Chicago River has a long and storied history that in many ways mirrors the development of Chicago itself. Once a meandering marshy stream, the river first became an engineered channel to support the industrial transformation of the city.
Following the famed reversal of the river, in which the city reversed the flow of the Main Branch and South Branch to improve sanitation, architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham introduced a new civic vision of riverside promenades with the addition of the Wacker Drive viaduct. Over the last decade, the role of the river has been evolving with the Chicago Riverwalk project—an initiative to reclaim the Chicago River for the ecological, recreational and economic benefit of the city.
Map & Details of Chicago Riverwalk
- Floating Garden
- Frost Gelato
- Chicago Water Taxi – – 105 West Riverwalk
- Tiny Tapp & Café – – 55 West Riverwalk South
- Downtown Docks – – 27 West Riverwalk South
- City Winery – – 11 West Riverwalk South
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Chicago Brewhouse – – 31-35 East Riverwalk south & 318-320 North Wabash
- O’Briens Riverwalk Café – – 45 East Riverwalk South
- Wendella Sightseeing – – 400 North Michigan
- McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum – – 99 East Riverwalk
- Chicago’s First Lady Cruises–Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline – – 112 E Upper Wacker Dr.
- The Northman – -233 East Riverwalk
- Island Party Hut & Boat Charters – – 355 East Riverwalk South
- Urban Kayaks & Urban Cantina – -435 East Riverwalk South