Chicago River Walk Architectural Tour

Forming a length of 156 miles when combined, the Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals the characterize the infamous skyline of Chicago today. The river, running through the city, including the city center Chicago Loop, is evident of manmade design and infrastructure when completed craftily. In 1887, the river was reversed through civil engineering by taking water from Lake Michigan and discharging it into the Mississippi Watershed. Memorialized today, it’s a national landmark you have to add to your travel list.


Chicago River Walk Architectural Tour

Along this special river is a display of architectural feats that we introduce to you through our Chicago Architecture Walking Tour today. Called our Chicago River Architectural Tour, we provide a 2-hour architecture-guided, or architecture historian-guided, walking tour down the Chicago riverfront, providing detailed explanations of the construction and history of over 50 significant buildings. It’s a sightseeing-meets-touring experience that will check off absolutely everything you wanted to see along the Chicago River.


Whether you’re a history buff, a Chicagoan who wants to learn more about their city, or a first-time visitor, our river-based Second City excursion will provide insight to everyone, from an architectural point of view. We also offer the tour during the day, as well as the evening, for those wishing to experience the building lights, lit up against the Midwest dusky backdrop.


If you’re someone who is looking for an educational immersion of Chicago, one that prioritizes its greatest natural feature, this is probably the right tour for you. We include absolutely everything you would want to see and know when on the Chicago River today. It’s a top-notch touring experience perfect for individuals of all ages.


Tour Information

  • $17 per person
  • Kids under 6 go free
  • Daily tours: 3:30PM
  • Nightly tours: 7PM
  • 2-hours in duration
  • 1.5-miles in length with frequent stops


Tour Departure Location

71 E. Upper Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60601

*In front of the Wyndham Chicago Grand Riverfront Hotel


Are you ready to learn more about Chicago’s architecture nestled along the Chicago River?


Be sure to bring your camera – you’re not going to want to miss these shots. Of course, pack good walking shoes, and come with your beaming and wild imagination.