Chicago River

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Chicago River
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The area
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Clark/Lake • 3 min walk
  • Clark/Lake • 3 min walk
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Victor G
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Great
Jun 2021 • Family
Awesome architectural boat tour of Chicago, very informative and Hillary made it very entertaining and fun. There is a bar were you can buy water or spirits for the hot summer. Bring a hat for the sun.
Written June 9, 2021
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Daryl C
Danville, CA1,000 contributions
A Real Surprise
Jun 2021
I didn't really know what to expect of the Chicago River. What great place. Sure, I wouldn't go swimming in it. But it's a great place to take a boat ride or stroll on the Riverwalk.
Written June 6, 2021
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Kinh N
13 contributions
The greatest view of the River......
May 2021
By taking of the River Cruise on Chicago River... It gave us a big beatiful pictures of the City River and its one of the best Architecture of the Chicago City... First time visiting Chicago, it made me missed the areas after got home! Hope you will enjoy your trip here!!!
Written June 2, 2021
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Illinoisnow
Illinois290 contributions
Chicago River!
May 2021
What can I say? It's a river, but it's a great river, with great views, dining, etc. Do a river cruise, find out about the architecture, do the Riverwalk, do the Art on the Mart, kayak if you like. Really, the Chicago River is great, enjoy it
Written May 24, 2021
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RealMichigan
USA238 contributions
Mesmerizing by day or night
May 2021
The Riverwalk area has always had a certain magic to it, recent developments are a mixed bag in my opinion but it's always a scenic stroll and offers a multitude of photo ops.
Written May 23, 2021
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ThomasZook
Grand Rapids, MI37 contributions
Best of the Architectural Cruises
May 2021
This trip on the river was worth every penny. So many details such as Chicago having the most drawbridges of any city in the world--52. From descriptions of buildings, architects, modern/post-modern differences, how buildings reflect their location, how skyscrapers are grounded to bedrock, etc. etc. Meet Captain Rick before the cruise or talk with him as he guides the craft in the water. Our tour guide was Hillary, a previous improv artist, was both informative, funny, dramatic, who gave information in a way that I can remember long-term. But I'd like to do it all over again
Written May 22, 2021
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Melissa
Prescott, AZ65 contributions
Beautiful!
Apr 2021
So cool to see the metal bridges and walk along the river and visit the shops. Fun little restaurants for food and drinks. Night lights are cool to see.
Written April 21, 2021
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Anthony S
Minneola, FL82 contributions
Spring Break 21
Mar 2021
A MUST see!!! This iconic sight is most impressive in person!!! We happened to be there on St. Patricks Day and even though the mayo cancel all activities in the city due to the pandemic, she surprised all Chicagoans and tourists alike and had it painted Kelly green!!! Pictures do no justice to this iconic background!!!
Written March 31, 2021
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kenracine
Racine, WI146 contributions
very pretty
Mar 2021
we saw the river multiple times down the street. It was quiet and quaint. We took the architecture tour, and it was worth it.
Written March 21, 2021
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Debbie N
Clearwater, FL33 contributions
Beautiful place to walk, windy of course
Dec 2019
Visiting the Windy City wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the river. Such great architecture, artwork and interesting sights. The river is so beautiful, and the many historic buildings are inspiring.
Written November 6, 2020
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