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Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
The Chicago Riverwalk is a continuous walkway along the south bank of the Main Branch of the Chicago River and beneath the iconic movable bridges. It begins at Lake Shore Drive and continues to LaSalle Street.

A variety of vendors from LaSalle to Lake Shore Drive will provide dining, education and recreational activities along the riverwalk.
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  • We came to downtown Chicago, after deciding to go on the Chicago Riverwalk. The City has done a great job in revitalizing the area and seems to be continually extending it. There are lots of places to...  more »
  • If you are a runner never the opportunity to make your sporting passion in this cute linear park all along the river and that tel leads to the Lakeshore Park, where you can run the entire length of the Boardwalk, about 28 km (18 miles).
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  • Loved walking most of this path. Enjoyed visiting the restruants along the way, sitting on the long built-in benchs, the art and the memorial. There is even a public restroom. Great place to get pictu...  more »
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  • It's a charming place to take a walk and sit down for a drink or a bite while resting or just tanning. Restaurants bars and ice cream parlor will follow every one of your steps teasing you to sit down under the sun and enjoy a few moments next to the water. City Winery at the Chicago Riverwalk offers live band entertainment in the evening hours.
  • I feel like this is one of Chicago's "unseen/not well known" wonders. Literally all along the Chicago river, the Riverwalk is an amazing stretch of pathway full of restaurants, shops, and activities for all. Truly an awesome time for anyone, from families to groups of bar-goers.
  • I love being able to walk by the river over to the lake on my lunch break every day. There are lots of little huts that serve liquor on the end where you can go on the boat tours. The Riverwalk does get crowded on nice days, but it stretches so far that you are able to get away from the crowds if you keep walking.
  • I only saw it from an architectural river tour, but now that I know it is there I can't wait to go back and explore on foot. What a great addition to the city experience of the Chicago river!
  • It's opened for public even if its private property. It was shorter than I think but very Nice and clean. Good to take pictures along with river and downtown.

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The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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