Chicago River Walking Tour
Our private walking tour is the perfect way to learn all about the history and breathtaking infrastructure of the Chicago River! Explore the rolling promenades, historic landmarks, and relaxing mini-parks that frame the legendary waterway. One of our enthusiastic and informative tour guides will provide in-depth knowledge about the only river in the world that flows away from its mouth!
This Chicago river tour is a customizable journey, perfect for families, business groups, history buffs, school trips, or anyone looking to have a good time!
Book this private walking tour and let Bobby’s Bike Hike be your ambassador to the city’s amazing riverfront!
Take a Chicago River and Lake Tour to Experience the City From a Unique Perspective
You may have visited Chicago before and gone to all the touristy spots, such as the Sears Tower and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Those are fun places and definitely worth a trip, but to get to know the real Chicago, you need to find the less-prominent spots. At Bobby’s Bike Hike, we allow people to explore the city from the ground level, showing them the nooks and crannies where the real history is hidden.
After just a few hours with us, you will understand more about Chicago than you would from reading a book or blog. Our tours are interactive, which means you can ask our guides questions or have them elaborate on things you find more interesting. We encourage our guests to engage during their tours, so they can learn as much as possible about the history of the city. We think it’s fascinating, and people who have taken our Chicago river walking tours agree!
What are the other benefits of taking our Chicago river tours, beyond gaining a greater appreciation for this town’s history? They include:
- Getting a workout while you learn: Our guides cover some serious ground while showing you around the city.
- Seeing a different side of Chicago: These are places you might not have the chance to explore in-depth on other tours in Chicago.
- Easy online booking: You can save money when you make reservations in advance through our website.
The Chicago River has been the heart of this town since the city’s founding, optimal for recreation, travel, and trade. Today, the river is a can’t-miss destination, beloved by visitors and locals alike. It’s the perfect place to marvel at Chicago’s epic skyscrapers, watch boats go by, or grab a bite to eat at one of our many riverside restaurants.
Some highlights of our Chicago River walking tour include the DuSable Bridge, the Wrigley Building, the Vietnam War Memorial Plaza, The Centennial Fountain, the McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum, and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan.
You’ll see the waters first discovered by non-natives in the 1600s and how the city grew around them. You’ll visit the site of the Great Chicago Fire, as well as the SS Eastland shipwreck, two of the deadliest disasters in the city’s history.
Your guide will explain how the river infrastructure has been modernized over the last two centuries, including how city planners were able to reverse the water’s flow, and how the city continues to improve bridge and water technology today.
The tour will also include views of and information about Lake Michigan, the epic body of freshwater that feeds the river and allows for transport to the Atlantic.
Your tour guide will serve as area expert, identifying and explaining significant structures, and recommending the best dining and shopping on the water. They will also serve as chief engineer of fun, ensuring your group has a blast of an afternoon!
The best part about this tour is our ability to customize it to your specific tastes and group needs. The addition or subtraction of various stops can be negotiated upon booking. We would even be happy to add a food or beverage stop at one of the Riverwalk’s fine eateries!
The tour generally lasts about an hour and a half, beginning and ending at locations best suited for you. The pace is relaxed but active and can be easily adjusted to match your group’s abilities.
Our team is ready and excited to craft the perfect Riverwalk adventure for you and your party!
What To Expect
The newly redesigned Chicago Riverwalk is a stunning feat of recreational architecture. The rolling promenade features bike paths, shops, eateries, and plenty of space to relax and watch boats float by.
The Chicago Vietnam Memorial Plaza is one of the largest monuments dedicated to Vietnam War veterans outside of Washington DC, featuring fountains, a waterfall, and a plaque wall with the names of 2,900 servicemen.
The site of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is an integral part of the city’s history, and allowed for the chance to rebuild into the skyscraper-laden metropolis Chicago is today.
The iconic Wrigley Building is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago located on the Chicago River, modeled after a Spanish cathedral with French Renaissance details.
The McCormick Bridgehouse & River Museum celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges, and provides the unique opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.
The site of the Eastland Disaster is located on the Chicago River in the downtown area. In 1915, the passenger ship SS Eastland overturned and killed 844 people.
Featuring breathtakingly clear blue freshwater, views of Lake Michigan are unmatched at the mouth of the Chicago River.
The Centennial Fountain & Water Arc is located on the river at McClurg Court, and was dedicated in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s river reversal.
The Chicago River is covered by some of the most gorgeous bridges in the world, famous for their movable lift technology.
DuSable Harbor is located in the heart of downtown and is one of the only harbors with slips in the Loop area, making it a very popular mooring destination.
Book a Chicago Riverwalk Tour for Your Family Today
Our river tours of Chicago are accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. That makes them an excellent family activity. It can be difficult to find things to do on vacation that every member of your group will enjoy. No matter what age they are, everyone will get something out of this tour. Youngsters love the physical aspect of traipsing around the river area, while older folks like hearing about the history.
We encourage you to book your tour at the beginning of your vacation. Why? This gives you greater flexibility. Say you hear about something you really like during the tour. You have time to explore it before you go home. Other reasons to book a tour with us include:
- Our outstanding safety record
- Our recognition from industry groups, such as an award of distinction from Viator
- Our No. 1 ranking among all Chicago tour companies on Trip Advisor for 10 years running
Take your family on a Chicago River Tour they will remember for years to come. Contact us to make your reservation!
What Our Customers Are Saying“We had a fabulous tour guide who provided loads of interesting information about the local buildings, relevant history and great stories. I loved walking right down beside the river! Much appreciated.”
– GillyKiwi Napier, New Zealand