Chicago Riverwalk and History Tour

The Chicago River, still a hub of trade and commerce as it has been since the late 1700’s, has evolved into a bustling and beautiful destination of celebration. Learn the history that makes the Chicago River and its recently updated Riverwalk historically unique.  Chicago is home to one of the world’s most recognizable and celebrated skylines and the Riverwalk’s intimate vantage provides an ideal perspective from which to learn and appreciate its incredible buildings.

You will learn about Chicago’s greatest triumphs as well as her most devastating tragedies.  You will see the birthplace of the city where the original army settlements were.  Since this tour is on foot, you will get to pause and really appreciate each architectural gem.

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Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll leisurely along the Chicago River taking in beautiful architectural masterpieces, such as the Wrigley Building while learning stories about the architects who built them. The tour ends near the Centennial Fountain which commemorates one of Chicago’s greatest civic engineering feats! 

Sights we will cover on the Chicago Riverwalk Tour:

    • The Chicago River
    • Original settlement of Fort Dearborn
    • The Jeweler’s Building
    • The Aqua Building
    • The Wrigley Building
    • The Marina City Towers
    • History of the 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.