Chicago Riverwalk

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Stroll along the waterfront of the Chicago River to pass some of the city’s most appealing attractions and appreciate how a once grim area has been successfully revamped.

Get a sense of the culture and character of the Windy City by wandering along the Chicago Riverwalk. This scenic stretch of the city follows the banks of the Chicago River from near the edge of Lake Michigan through Downtown to where the river splits. As you follow the walkway, pass impressive bridges, fascinating museums and trendy dining spots.

Chicago’s river is most famous for the time, in the late 19th century, when city planners reversed its currents to improve sanitation. Visit today to see the riverfront transformed from a polluted industrial area to a popular leisure destination. A team of engineers and architects began work on designing the area to make the most of the revitalized atmosphere by the waterfront. It was formally named the Riverwalk in 2012.

Learn more about the history of the area in the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, which pays particular attention to the 18 movable bridges that cross the waterway. Head to the top of the bridgehouse for views of the river, these historic bridges and the dramatic skyline of the city.

Take a boat tour that leaves from the waterfront and drifts through the center of the city or simply stroll along the Riverwalk. Pass sights such as the neo-Gothic headquarters of the Chicago Tribune and the iconic Wrigley Building. Modern skyscrapers of glimmering glass and steel stand alongside these historic landmarks.

Spend your evening dining at one of the restaurants along the Riverwalk. Sampling the city’s famous deep-dish pizzas is an obvious choice, but you can also try seafood, steaks and Italian food, among other options.

Listen for live music as you explore the Chicago Riverwalk. In summer, the waterfront hosts an array of musicians playing for passers-by.

Visit the Chicago Riverwalk in the morning for a quiet and relaxing way of seeing the city. Come back in the evening to see the area lit up beautifully, as the bars and restaurants come to life with patrons enjoying a night out. The Riverwalk is a public space, open throughout the year and free to explore.

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Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
The price is $161 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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3.7/5 Good! (3,806 reviews)
"Loved the location, staff was friendly. The room was clean but could use some upgrades."

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LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $264 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654
The price is $180 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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4.2/5 Very Good! (2,006 reviews)
"Hotel is located in heart of Chicago. Easy, short train ride from Midway. Stayed at this hotel before it became Eurostars. Could be updated but clean & nice staff. ** Bar & restaurant not open. That was very disappointing. There isnt a microwave available on premises for guests.** Lucky your steps ..."

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Eurostars Magnificent Mile
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The Chicago Hotel Collection - Magnificent Mile
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
166 E Superior Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is $142 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
The price is $161 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Congress Plaza Hotel
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $264 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654
The price is $180 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
4 out of 5
55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is $199 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is $149 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
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Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is $199 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
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Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
4 out of 5
71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $249 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
theWit Chicago - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
theWit Chicago - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4.5 out of 5
201 N State Street, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $219 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
theWit Chicago - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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