Chicago Riverwalk and History Tour

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and home to one of the world’s most recognizable skylines and the northern section of the Chicago Riverwalk is a great place to experience it from the inside – there’s no need to take an expensive boat cruise. The buildings form the perfect photogenic backdrop when hearing the great stories of the men and women who built them and who built the city of Chicago.  We will show you the birthplace of the city and where a terrible massacre took place.  You will hear stories of great fortunes and a great fire as well as the incredible story of how Chicagoan’s re-engineered the flow of their river.


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Join Free Tours by Foot as we take a leisurely stroll along the northern reaches of the Chicago River and take in the beautiful architecture, such as the Tribune Building, and learn the stories behind the architects who built them. The tour ending point is near Municipal Pier #2 (better known as Navy Pier), where you can easily stroll over to see the sites- including the Ferris wheel and the Tiffany stained glass exhibit. The Pier is filled with delicious Chicago favorites like Garrett’s Popcorn, the famous Rainbow cone, Chicago style hot-dogs (NO ketchup allowed), and of course, a Billy Goat Tavern.

Sights we will cover on the Chicago Riverwalk Tour:

      • The Chicago River
      • Original settlement of Fort Dearborn
      • The Jeweler’s Building
      • Chicago Tribune Building
      • Trump Building
      • The Wrigley Building
      • The Marina City Towers
      • Chicago Flag
      • and much more!
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 10 or more must contact us before booking.

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Where: . Directly outside of the Renaissance Hotel at the corner of State St. and Wacker Dr.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1.6 km).

View our full tour calendar .  Tours are on Central Standard Time!

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save more money and combine our tours with a tourist pass and/or a hop-on, hop-off bus ticket.