Riverwalk information

Chicago , USA
Chicago River waterfront along Wacker Dr, btwn N Lake Shore Dr & N State St
Getting there
Metro: Brown, Orange, Green, Purple, Pink, Blue Line to State/Lake
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Clasping the Chicago River’s south side along Wacker Dr, this mile-long promenade provides a peaceful spot to take a break from downtown's hullabaloo. Access it from the stairs at any bridge. Outdoor cafes and bike and kayak rental shops dot the way and there's also a Vietnam veteran’s memorial (near N Wabash Ave), a small river history museum (at N Michigan Ave) and sightseeing boats sprinkled in.

To the east, between Columbus and Lake Shore Drs on the river’s north side, Centennial Fountain shoots a massive arc of water across the river. It spurts for 10 minutes straight every hour on the hour, from 10am to 2pm and again from 5pm to midnight. The exercise is meant to commemorate the labor-intensive reversal of the Chicago River in 1900, which tidily began sending all of the city’s wastes downriver rather than into the lake. (Chicago’s neighbors downstate, as you can imagine, do not go out of their way to celebrate this feat of civil engineering). The Riverwalk is slated to expand west to Lake St over the next few years.