Chicago Riverwalk

Department of Fleet and Facility Management 30 North LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60602

happyly approved

a river-side walk filled with restaurants, seating, and activities

Chicago’s “second lakeshore” is a recent phenomenon as the River has gotten cleaner from the city’s more industrial days.  It’s a 1.25 mile path along the main branch of the Chicago River and it offers a ton of activity outside.

While enjoying your walk, not only can you get a great view of the buildings and the river, but you can enjoy public art displayed throughout as well as visit the Community Marketplace which aims to showcase small, neighborhood businesses and inspire visits to neighborhood locations “reflective of cultural diversity and neighborhoods of the City of Chicago.”

Art on theMART is another really cool initiative which boasts the largest permanent digital art projection in the world.  Seven days a week from mid-May to late September, digital art is projected on the side of theMART.  Projections begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset. 

There are several places to stop and enjoy the scenery while grabbing a drink or a beverage.  The full list is here.

Dogs are ok on a leash.  Bikes are also ok but there are designated locations where bikes must be walked.

No elevators at present but there are ADA compliant ramps providing vertical connection from Upper Wacker and the Riverwalk. ​

  • East side of State Street 
  • West side of Clark Street. 
  • West side of Franklin Street



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