Chicago’s Incredible River Walk Is Closed! Here’s A Tour Of What You Can’t See!

Welcome To Chicago – And The Chicago River!

It’s one of the most beautiful – and enjoyable – walks in America: the 2 miles of riverfront along the Chicago river, which has been turned into a great place for tourists and locals alike!

There’s the iconic Tribune building with the clock, and you can see all of the great restaurants and outdoor spaces on the lower part of this shot – but now, due to the Coronavirus and #shelterinplace, the Riverwalk is closed!

Lake Michigan, Meet The Chicago River!

Living much of the year in Chicago for 5 years, this was my view: that’s Lake Michigan at sunrise where it meets the Chicago River – now, the river walk that follows along Chicago’s beautiful river is closed – as everyone is asked to stay at home while we all work together to fight off this pandemic.

Since no one call take a stroll, I wanted to share a virtual walk about Chicago’s river with you!

The two miles of walkway are on the south side of the river, as you can see in the shot above on the left, which was taken from the Lakeshore Drive bridge – a perfect place to begin the walk….here is the bridge – looking east toward Lake Michigan, where the Riverwalk begins:

The River Has A Water Cannon!

And what is that spraying across the shot? Well, that’s the river’s iconic water cannon! During the warm months, the river shoots an 80-foot stream of water every hour during the day!

The cannon shoots from the north side of the river, but the entire path is on the south side, and you walk underneath 9 separate bridges on your journey – so let’s get going!

That’s Michigan Ave. above me on the right, and The LaSalle Bridge, and to the left is the walkway, and the corncob buildings – here is what they look like at night:

You walk underneath these bridges, and many have mirrors that arc over the walkway, so you can get shots like this:

There are many restaurants along the way to get a bite to eat and a drink, and the views are gorgeous at all times of the day or night:

It’s a well lit path, and on your journey you also pass by what was, at one time, the single largest office building IN THE WORLD!

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart held that distinction until The Pentagon opened – and until recently, the building had its own zip code!

At the end of the walk, you see the river split into north and south, and at night the Lake bridge is lit up by a subway train crossing over it.

As well as walk the river, it’s also fun to take a tour boat on the river as well, as they tell you great stories about the architecture and history of Chicago:

This is what the riverwalk looks like right after the city paints the river green for St. Patrick’s Day:

Yes, this annual tradition was also postponed this year – what a strange

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22 replies

  1. Oh wow, John, this is so incredible. I hope I can see it one day.

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  2. Thanks for the tour! How I’d love to be one of those kayakers!

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  3. Great images, fun to see the city again. I used to drink beer at an Irish dive near the Merchandise Mart, I can’t remember the name, it wasn’t one of the memorable ones. That was some building to sit and look at.

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  4. Looks so beautiful. I haven’t really seen much of Chicago, I just passed by with an RV in tow, that was kind of stressful since I didn’t know the area. LOL. Thanks for showing the beautiful side.

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  5. A great tour, John. The Corncob buildings are very unusual.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Pete, you would LOVE the Architecture tour by boat – fascinating, and take you all the way to where Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was accused of starting the devastating Chicago fire in the 1880’s! Burned down 90% of the city!

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  6. I have never been John but it looks like it would be an enjoyable walk.


  7. Thank you for the river walk. Delightful!

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  8. Thanks, I have never been across the Atlantic so I enjoyed your Chicago walk. I love river walks as I was born by the River Thames and have walked many stretches of it as well as clocking up other rivers ( not the whole length! ) from The Severn to La Seine.


  9. Beautiful photos

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  10. Thanks for the tour! Both virtually and the one from the river a few years ago! 🙂 Can’t wait till everything’s open for business again! 🙂

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