What is the Chicago Riverwalk?

Chicago Riverwalk on a sunny day

An open, pedestrian waterfront lined with restaurants and attractions, the Chicago Riverwalk extends from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street in the Loop. Often referred to as Chicago’s second waterfront after Lake Michigan, the Riverwalk offers restaurants, boat rentals, among other activities. Learn more about the Chicago Riverwalk and Chicago Riverwalk parking and be sure to check out all the events at the Skydeck at Willis Tower and read fun facts about The Ledge

Why Visit the Chicago Riverwalk?

The Chicago Riverwalk was created when reconstruction to Lower Wacker Drive started in 2001. The Riverwalk is divided into six coves, and the oldest section known as the Marina, is still in operation today. The Marina houses tour boat docks and concession stands. Today, the walk includes not only a plethora of restaurants but attractions for the entire family. Don’t forget to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War. The plaza includes a park, giving you time away from the busy Chicago streets. Kayak rentals are also available, as well as Art on the MART, the largest video-projection art installation in the world. 

How Long is the Chicago Riverwalk? 

Spanning 3.4 miles, the Riverwalk of Chicago gives you an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs while offering excitement for everyone and a beautiful view of the Chicago River

Visiting the Chicago Riverwalk: Parking and Hours

Throughout the year, the Chicago Riverwalk is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with boat excursions typically running from May to October as long as weather permits. For Chicago Riverwalk parking, the most convenient parking can be found at either Grant Park North Garage, Millennium Park garage, or Millennium Lakeside garage. 

Enjoy Chicago With Tips From Skydeck

Now that you have your visit to the Riverwalk of Chicago planned out, be sure to check out other summertime activities in Chicago — including learning about the Skydeck at Willis Tower! Contact us for more information on how to make the most of your next visit to the River North neighborhood!

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago have implemented measures consistent with CDC and local and federal guidance to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the premises, including enhanced cleaning protocols. Even with these procedures in place, PLEASE BE ADVISED that building occupants, building and Skydeck visitors, or others currently or previously present upon this property and/or the Skydeck MAY HAVE CONTRACTED OR BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and may expose you. By accessing and using building common areas, the Skydeck, and their associated amenities, you and your party voluntarily assume all risks of your use—INCLUDING THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE—and you waive all claims, including claims for negligence, against Willis Tower, Skydeck Chicago, and their respective owners, managers, affiliates, agents and representatives, arising out of such use. The above parties hereby disclaim all liability for any injuries arising out of your use of this property and the Skydeck, including exposure to infectious disease.

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