The Chicago Riverwalk is a popular and historic part of the downtown atmosphere of the city, but with many changes over the years, there is plenty to do and see that you might not have. su.
If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the waterfront like a true Chicagoan, look no further than this guide from Chicago Today.
Eat and drink
Want to dine with a view? There is no shortage of bars and restaurants along the popular strip.
With options like the funky and bohemian vibe of Beatnik on the River, delicious wine and cuisine from City Winery, and carefully crafted food and beers at Chicago Brewhouse, and many more, you’ll be able to quench your thirst and your hunger directly water. You can even score a sweet treat at Sweet Home Gelato.
For a full list of dining options, click here.
Art on the MART
When the sun goes down in Chicago, the Riverwalk lights up with an art-filled display like no other.
Giant and colorful light projections showcase historic and famous works of art like the portraits of Obama and the works of Frida Kahlo.
The popular exhibition will kick off its fall hours from September 17 with exhibitions of works by Barbara Kruger.
“We are honored to present the work of such legendary contemporary artists on our platform,” said Cynthia Noble, Executive Director of Art on theMART, in a statement. “With this installation, our site extends the great Kruger retrospective beyond the museum walls and into the urban architectural environment, where art is free and accessible to all.”
Screenings will be displayed nightly at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. until November 25, with the best vantage points along the Chicago Riverwalk.
See the full program here.
See live music
Every Sunday through October 17, the Riverwalk features a free live music show.
Sounds of the Riverwalk takes place at 1 p.m. on the Confluence and features everything from jazz to classical to mundane.
Check out the full program here.
The Chicago Park District offers fishing opportunities for those who wish to enjoy a “real deal” on the Riverwalk.
The neighborhood will hook you up by providing you with fishing rods, bait and all the equipment you need for a big catch.
The program includes:
August 21 – September 25
Saturdays and Sundays
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For those looking to show their true support for Chicago, there is no better way than to shop locally.
Explore the Community Market, located between Michigan Avenue and Wabash, between McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum and O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café.
There are many small local businesses like Neighborly, Colores Mexicanos, Peaches on the River and more.
Take in the views
Outside of Art on theMART, there is a lot of public artwork and beautiful scenery to admire along the lake.
Sit on the steps and watch the boats along the skyline or stroll along the footpath to see some of the many public art exhibits on display.
For a list of current artwork on the trail, click here.
Get out on the water
Rent a boat, hop in a kayak, or experience the famous Chicago Architecture Boat Tour.
There are many options for exploring the Chicago Riverwalk … from the water.
From charters and cruises to city taxis and kayaks, you can choose your own adventure.
Here’s a full list of options to check out.