River Walk Explorers Tour Plus

Chicago’s River Walk – Our “Second Lakefront”!

The River Walk will soon span from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street and offer wonderful lush green spaces, cafes, retail establishments and numerous places to sit and relax in the shade or sun. Today, the River Walk is comprised of the Confluence, Arcade, Civic, Market, Cove, Marina and River Theater "Rooms". Learn how the new $100 million Federal Loan is reshaping the River Walk and be the first to see the addition of 3 new rooms this summer; Water Plaza, Jetty and Boardwalk!

In addition, enjoy spectacular views of the city’s iconic skyline while listening to intriguing stories behind these great buildings including; Wrigley, Tribune, Aqua, Aon Center, London Guarantee & Accident, Mather Tower, Trump Tower, Jewelers, Carbide & Carbon, John Hancock and Intercontinental Hotel. Learn interesting stories about Chicago’s past, present and future and revel in the stories of many of our cities most colorful characters!

Trivia challenge with prizes and restroom break on all of our tours.

Plus - guests finish the tour with a short boat ride along the Chicago River and observe more of Chicago's iconic buildings!

River Walk Explorers Tour Plus Highlights

  • Tour Duration: 2 and ½ hours – maximum walking
  • Tours are conducted along the scenic expanded Chicago River Walk
  • Tours begin June 2 and end October 27 and are offered every Thursday at 1:00 pm.
  • Tour Size Minimum: 4 Guests
  • Please note that while our tours are leisurely strolls, there are numerous stairs along the tour route. Unfortunately, we do not recommend the use of wheel chairs, strollers, canes, walkers etc.
  • Come explore with us the newly expanded River Walk with 3 new rooms in 2016 - Water Plaza, Jetty and Boardwalk - aal 3 promise to make the River Walk an even more entertaining place to have fun!
  • Spectacular views of Chicago’s iconic skyline.
  • Entertaining stories featuring the buildings along the River and the most importantly, the fascinating people who built them and occupied them!
  • Tours begin at Peet’s Coffee & Tea - 400 North Michigan Avenue - Wrigley Building Plaza.
  • After a 10 minute boat ride along the Chicago River, tour ends right near Wrigley Building - 400 North Michigan
  • Learn about the S.S. Eastland Disaster and hear interesting stories of some of Chicago’s most fascinating characters including; William Wrigley Jr., Colonel Robert McCormick, George Wellington “Cap” Streeter, Al Capone, Paul Harvey, Helmut Jahn, Bertrand Goldberg and so many more.
  • Trivia contest

“A River Runs through It”!

The city of Chicago owes its existence to the River and the river Walk owes its existence to the city! Come and learn the vital role the river played in the emergence of Chicago as the true great Metropolis of the Midwest. Unlike the architectural boat cruises, our tour guides thoughtfully reveal the stories behind the buildings themselves not its architectural style and they focus on the colorful characters that once occupied them. As we often say, “Every building in Chicago has its own story”! Check out the rest of our Chicago history tours.

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Testimonials

“Great Walking Tour!!”

Reviewed June 14, 2016

"I've lived in the Chicago area my whole life and and have done other tours before but this was by far the Best. Our Tour guide Dan was knowledgeable about city, engaging and welcoming. His passion about the city of Chicago didn't make the tour feel like a tour, it was more like stepping in a time machine and getting a glimpse of what made Chicago a great city. Highly recommend it to anyone from Chicago or not from Chicago for a great experience."

Visited June 2016

Shareef A

“Great way to discover the city”

Reviewed September 5, 2014

"Chicago is one of my favorite city. And the river tour is the best way to discover the city and also to find out useful tips about the buildings and the history of it.The tour guide was excellent (Dan, I really recommend him) was like a history book to us. Full of fun, passion, educational the tour is great! If you can book it in the evening the buildings are more beautiful full of colorful lights! Don't miss it, when you'er in Chicago."

Vlad,

Bucharest, Romania

“A Highlight of Our Chicago Stay!”

Reviewed August 13, 2014

"What a nice surprise to take two walking tours with this company this summer. The first was a "River Walk Tour" with Sharon and it was delightful! The 2nd was a "River Walk and Boat Tour" with Daniel and it was so interesting. I am a former resident of IL and learned so many new things about the great city of Chicago. Both guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the old history and new changes of this amazing city. We were truly entertained and had such a good time! I look forward to returning for more tours next summer. See you in 2015 with more friends!"

Bonnie B

Orlando, FL