Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 6 per person

Explore Chicago’s scenic Riverwalk on a self-guided tour. Admire some of Chicago’s most beautiful architecture and dive into its fascinating history as you take a leisurely stroll alongside the river.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Valid 365 days
from first activation
Instant confirmation
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Become an overnight expert on Chicago’s skyscrapers
  • Enjoy the breeze rolling off Lake Michigan and watch the sun glimmer off skyscrapers and the Chicago River
  • Hear the story of the angry 19th-century mob that tore down a bridge with axes
  • Take the tour at your own pace, stopping to further explore the city whenever and wherever you’d like
  • Follow a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
Full description
Learn about Chicago's history, culture, and architecture on a self-guided tour via an app. Enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Download the app before you head to the starting point by the historic DuSable Bridge. Learn about this picturesque bridge and the iconic terracotta Wrigley Building. From there, head west, past Wabash Bridge, once voted America’s Most Beautiful Bridge. Snap a photo or two. After that, see the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a moving tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Next, stop by the 600-foot Marina Towers. Learn how these towers function as a “city within a city.” Then, head to the Dearborn Street Bridge and hear why an angry mob once gathered here with axes before continuing your stroll. As you walk, listen to the tale of one of the strangest and deadliest shipwrecks in American history. Learn how a devastating shipwreck happened on a river only 20 feet deep. Continue on toward the Merchandise Mart, a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture. Learn how the Chicago River helped this city go from a small settlement to a bustling hub of culture and commerce. Next, arrive at Wolf Point, where Chicago’s very first hotel stood almost 200 years ago. Dig into the era when this place was little more than a wild frontier, then head back the way you came for the final section of the tour. Stop at the Tribune Tower containing pieces of historic buildings from across the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Berlin Wall. Next, come face to face with NBC’s Chicago headquarters, modeled after the famous skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Center. Finally, arrive at the last bridge separating the Chicago River from Lake Michigan, where the tour concludes. Take in the soothing scenery and snap a few photos for your Instagram.
Includes
  • Self-guided tour via an app
  • Unique password (sent by email) to access the app
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rental
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This self-guided experience begins at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route on the app.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The tour app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one.
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the app needed to take the tour and a unique password to access the tour within the app.
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists.
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms.
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change.
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