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Chicago River Walk Tours

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Discover the architectural gems and historical buildings of Chicago’s River Walk during a 1.5-hour walking tour with a guide. See downtown landmarks including the Tribune Building, Lyric Opera House, InterContinental Hotel, and Magnificent Mile as you walk at an easy pace along the Chicago River’s pedestrian walkway. Learn about Chicago’s history and culture from your guide, and get great photo ops throughout the tour. Return to your starting point via water taxi for another perspective to the Windy City.
    What to Expect
    Make your own way to Wrigley Building Plaza to meet your guide for your 1.5-hour walking tour of the Chicago River Walk. 

    Start your tour with an introduction to Chicago's history, then take in iconic sites including the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, InterContinental Hotel Magnificent Mile, Pioneer Court, and the Chicago River. 

    Stroll across the Michigan Avenue Bridge (now Du Sable Bridge) to the River Walk. Hear fun facts and interesting stories about Chicago history, such as the Chicago River and its harbor, the Battle of Fort Dearborn in 1812, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the SS Eastland disaster, and the filming of Batman and Transformers movies in the city.

    You'll also see architectural gems along the route and learn about their backstory. Stop to check out buildings such as the Aqua and Aon buildings, Mather Tower, Jewelers Building (35 East Wacker), Marina City, Wolf Point, the Art Deco-style Lyric Opera House, and many more.

    Your guide keeps things lively with trivia challenges and prizes. Expect to walk at a leisurely pace with stops for rest breaks and a refreshment along the way. Return to the Wrigley Building on a short ride by water taxi (ticket included) at the end of the tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Return Details
    Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Local taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Chicago Water Taxi
    • Gratuities (recommended
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or wheelchair users
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Cool tour! Lots of detail on who and why Chicago is the way it is. Our guide Rick worked perfectly! Great story teller! I couldn’t even take him seriously! 😂
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    We did the River Walk tour on 10/25 and very much enjoyed it. Our guide was funny, engaged and keen to share her city with us. It was great to see the new River Walk and get some details on the buildings and some tidbits of Chicago history. We would recommend this tour!
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    Tour was GREAT!! We learned so much about Chicago! Cindy was a blast! She was a wealth of knowledge and made it so much fun! Highly recommend this tour. Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!
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    Great tour and Richard Zieman was amazing. Highly recommend. He was full of fact and details and made it a really great day.
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    This is a MUST for anyone visiting from out of town! Cindy is the absolute best tour guide we’ve ever had for any type of tour.
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