Experience Chicago’s second waterfront during a preview of summer programming including fireworks, tours, kayaking, Fishing at the Jetty, great food, live music and more. For a full lineup of events and offerings visit chicagoriverwalk.us — and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoRiverwalk.
The City of Chicago will preview and kick off summer programming along the Chicago Riverwalk during a public celebration on Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20, times vary. Activities include walking tours led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Fishing at the Jetty led by the Chicago Park District – and a pyrotechnic display on the LaSalle Street, Clark Street, Dearborn Street and State Street bridges. ...
“The three-day Chicago Riverwalk celebration will offer an extravaganza of music, art, architecture, fireworks and more,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We invite Chicagoans and visitors to escape the everyday and embrace this magnificent urban space and all it has to offer throughout the year.”
During opening weekend and throughout the summer season, various activities, entertainment and specials will be offered at participating vendor locations and various boat tour operators: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Brewhouse (NEW), Chicago Electric Boat Company, Chicago's First Lady Cruises, Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline, Chicago Water Taxi, City Winery Chicago Riverwalk, Downtown Docks, Frost Chicago Riverwalk (NEW location), Island Party Hut and Boat Charters, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, The Northman (NEW), O’Briens Riverwalk Café, TINY TAPP and Café, Urban Kayaks and Wendalla Sightseeing.
Chicago Riverwalk Summer Kick-Off Celebration activities are FREE unless otherwise noted. The Riverwalk is open to the public from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. throughout the year.
The award-winning Riverwalk offers a new perspective on Chicago's own unique waterfronts and architecture as the backdrop for summer. Completed in the fall of 2016, the Chicago Riverwalk (Lake Shore Dr. to Lake St.) is a 1.25-mile promenade through the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike to enjoy art, music and more. In 2018, the Riverwalk was awarded the AIA Award for Architecture and the AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design
The Chicago Riverwalk Summer Kick-Off Celebration is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management, Choose Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the vendors and boat tour operators along the Riverwalk.