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. 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! 

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 Windy City!