Boat ride on Chicago River
Bridgehouse Museum Education
Along the Riverwalk
Gears at the Bridgehouse
Strolling the Chicago Riverwalk


Chicago Riverwalk - Audobon Great Lakes

Founded in 1998, Audubon Great Lakes is the regional office of the National Audubon Society. Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Audubon leads regional conservation and restoration projects and connects people to birds and nature through educational programs.
During the summer and fall months tours are offered, “Birds of the Chicago Riverwalk” with Audubon staff and volunteers. Bring binoculars if you have some, or you can borrow a pair of ours.

Chicago Riverwalk-Friends of the River

Chicago Loop Bridges — Downtown Chicago provides a unique opportunity for anyone interested in bridges. In a mere two miles, there are eighteen movable bridges. While the most celebrated bridge is the Du Sable Bridge at N. Michigan Avenue, there are seventeen other examples of beautiful Chicago bridges. An easy stroll along Wacker Drive provides an opportunity to see the evolution in design of the Chicago Type, Double Leaf, Trunnion, Bascule Bridge .

Chicago Riverwalk - Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago has long been a laboratory for architectural innovation and experimentation. Discover the stories behind some of the city’s most significant skyscrapers, museums, theaters, bridges, homes, schools, houses of worship and parks.

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises can be found east of Michigan Avenue.  Docents provide informational River Talks throughout the summer.

112 East Wacker Dr.

Chicago Riverwalk - Chicago Architecture Foundation

Join us on the Riverwalk as a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent discusses “The River and Its Architecture – Work, Play and Live”.  Learn about the River’s past and plans for the future, the bridges over the Chicago River and the Riverwalk design and why this new playscape is an exciting addition to Chicago. Talks are free and open to the public without a reservation and will be given weather permitting.


  • Talks last one hour but feel free to stay as long as your time permits

  • Free and open to the public

  • Theater section on the Riverwalk between Clark St and LaSalle Street at the River

  • All talks are offered from 12noon – 1pm Weather permitting

Chicago Riverwalk - Eastland Disaster

The River Theater, between Clark and LaSalle Street is the site of the Eastland Disaster.  On Saturday, July 24, 1915, 844 people died when the USS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River.  Discover the complete history of the SS. Eastland and its lasting impact.


River Theater- Clark- LaSalle Street


Learn more on the Eastland Disaster Historical Society website.

Chicago Riverwalk-Friends of the River

Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.  Visit their website to learn more about this organization and their efforts to improve the Chicago River, including ways you can get involved.

Chicago Riverwalk-Friends of the River

A vision for the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers.

By 2040, Chicago’s rivers will be inviting, productive and living, providing everyone with opportunities to find or create their own place, their own experience and their own community on our rivers.



Aspirational visions of our rivers' future, looking out to 2020, 2030 and 2040, with recommended actions for the public and government to take. This is not a description of current conditions, but a vision of the future, and the full realization of the idea in question. We timed the goals based on a combination of feasibility and priority.

Riverwalk Bridgehouse

The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famousmovable bridges.

Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse. At river level, visitors can view the massive gears of Chicago’s most famous movable bridge and then journey through time as they experience the story of the Chicago River. Once at the top of the Bridgehouse, visitors are treated to magnificent 360 degree views of the city and river, and will gain a whole new perspective on the beauty and complexity that is Chicago.


99 E. Riverwalk


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