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The area
Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Clark/Lake • 3 min walk
  • Clark/Lake • 3 min walk
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Jessica A
1 contribution
Jun 2022
We parked right at the marina and were greeted by friendly, helpful staff. Our tour guide, Hillary was outstanding, full of fascinating information about the history and the city, the buildings, and the architecture. She delivered the information in a fun, but informative way so it was never dull or boring. The views from the boat were incredible. We brought our teenage daughters and they loved it as much as we did. I highly recommend this tour !
Written 21 June 2022
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CanadianGirl
Ontario, Canada99 contributions
Jun 2022
We walked the river every day we were there, stopping at one of the many pubs/restaurants for a small bite to eat. The water and walkway is very clean, safe, but also extremely buy on the weekends. One of my favourite parts of Chicago.
Written 21 June 2022
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pattycake0421
Louisville, KY6 contributions
Jun 2022
We went at night & it was beautiful! The view of the buildings from the river baot was amazing. Most of the time we had music playing which was so nice. We were told lots of interesting facts about Chicago without someone talking for the entire trip. The fireworks were an added plus!
Written 18 June 2022
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Alex S
Whitby, Canada11 contributions
Jun 2022
A lovely place full of restaurants and fun stuff. Very picturesque and relaxing. Loved the ferry tour and will go back to do the nighttime tour including the lake and Navy pier.
Written 14 June 2022
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Naureen I
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
Amazing weather with a beautiful view !! So pretty outside. Its lovely to walk on the ricer walk. Lots of shops, happening places!!
Written 11 June 2022
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Andrew H
Sutton, UK522 contributions
May 2022
A very busy river, lots of tourist boats, a lovely day. The bars/restaurants are good but pricey. Lovely walks along the paths.
Written 7 June 2022
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LaurieR
Canandaigua, NY44 contributions
May 2022
great easy on and off at multiple locations - you can't go wrong strolling the river walk. There were ample places to rest; take in the views or even grab a bite to eat or drink. We enjoyed catching up with one another (family that met in Chicago); watch the tour boats on the river go by and grabbed beers and a snack at a brewery on route. We even walked early morning and saw a ton of folks walking dogs and runners.
Written 23 May 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
Apr 2022
....but best - do them both.
Chicago river is the main artery of the Windy city. It runs through downtown and splits then into northern and southern branch.
Amazing historic edifices and beautiful skyscrapers are spread along it.
You can discover them for free walking the Riverwalk, or taking one of many architectural boat tours which last around 90 min and cost around 40$.
Written 22 May 2022
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Angeline B
17 contributions
Jun 2021
It was nice to eat on the riverboat, We have a riverboat where we live but yours is top-notch. I love that there is a connect four game and other activities for the children on the lunch cruises.
Written 20 May 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,917 contributions
Apr 2022
The area of Downtown Chicago around Dusable Bridge, (a long-standing drawbridge honoring a founder of Chicago & decorated with sculptures & plaques), gives great views of the Chicago River and the surrounding architecture old and new. Walking down the river a short way past London House we crossed the Irv Kupcinet Bridge which gave us stunning views back up the Chicago River to Dusable Bridge. There are plenty of River Cruises you can go on but we didn't have time so just enjoyed the area and the River by foot.
Written 4 May 2022
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