The Best Restaurants & Activities On The Chicago Riverwalk

Restaurants, public art and fun activities all with a view!

Looking for something to do in the Windy City? One of the best outdoor activities you could do is take a trip to the Chicago Riverwalk! It's been too long, and the Riverwalk has finally reopened with some new and exciting things to do. We've highlighted some of our favorites. 

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Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk

91-95 E. Riverwalk

You are what you (B)eat! If you’re ever feeling hungry on the Riverwalk, take a trip to Beat Kitchen. The menu at the Riverwalk location remains delicious with tacos, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and special cocktails if you’re really feeling it. 

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Chicago Brewhouse

31 E. Riverwalk

It doesn’t get any more Chicago than the Chicago Brewhouse. It’s the perfect place to kick back, drink a city-made beer or spirit and enjoy some street food. The restaurant truly makes you feel the heart of the city with its diverse neighborhood eats and Chicago-crafted beer. Click here for more information on their menu. 

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City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

11 W. Riverwalk South

Finding yourself “wine”ing about not having plans? Instead, experience City Winery where customers are provided with delicious wine, food and an awesome view! Check out the menu here

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Island Party Hut Tiki Bar & Grill 

355 E. Riverwalk South 

Ready to party? Island Party Hut Tiki Bar and Grill is bringing the fun with a tropical experience. Live music, games, great food --you name it, they have it all. Relax and get your margarita on with some tunes!

You can also enjoy the tropical fun aboard their Island Party Boat. Click here to book it!

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Sweet Home Gelato 

151 W. Riverwalk South

Spring weather is made for gelato! Sweet Home Gelato is offering six fresh flavors daily on the Riverwalk. Get a taste of some of the most unique, handcrafted gelato in the city. Our mouth is watering just looking at the menu

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The Northman - Beer and Cider Garden 

233 East Riverwalk South 

This one is for all the beer and cider lovers. The Northman offers a multitude of different ciders and beer cans to choose from with specific beverage influences from England and Northern France. Oh, and did we mention they can serve up a mean cocktail as well? The pub is giving you a variety of more than 25 different wines and cocktails. Chomp down on a Chicago dog while you’re at it. Check out what's on draft.

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Urban Kayaks 

435 E. Riverwalk South 

See Chicago like never before by taking a trip with Urban Kayaks at the Riverwalk. Witness historical locations and the beauty of the city with a tour guide or with a friend! Book a tour Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Chicago Cycleboats 

151-155 W. Riverwalk South

We’re sure everyone loves cycling through the city on their bikes, but have you tried a boat? Chicago Cycleboats is the new water-based activity that everyone should experience! Take a trip and get to know the Chicago River. Reserve your spot here

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Chicago Electric Boat Company | Chicago Retro Boats 

27 W. Riverwalk South 

Rent a boat and lead the way. The Chicago Electric Boat Company offers electric boat rentals to give boat-lovers and city-lovers a chance to explore Chicago how they want to. Want something a little more oldschool? Rent a Retroboat to get that classic feeling and lead the way in style!

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

330 Chicago Riverwalk 

After your boat ride or that good cocktail, check out the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. It is the second-largest memorial in the country with names engraved of over 2,500 Chicago veterans who were killed or missing during the war. Take the time to learn a little more about significant historical events during this time.

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Riverwalk Gateway 

Beneath the Lake Shore Dr. Bridge 

Take a moment to truly view and appreciate the Riverwalk Gateway while you walk under the Lake Shore bridge. The art illustrates historical narratives about the Chicago River like the city’s advancements in industry and engineering and greatest achievements. On top of that, the structure is beautiful and great for a photo opp! It’s one of the Riverwalk’s hidden gems.

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Eastland Disaster Memorial 

Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 

Take time to check out the Eastland Disaster Memorial. This was a result of one of Chicago’s greatest tragedies. In 1915, The S.S Eastland rolled over on its side before it left the Chicago River on its excursion. Eight hundred and forty-four passengers were taken that day, and the memorial sits as a reminder and acknowledgment of the tragic day for Chicago residents. Ghost hunters might also be interested to know this bit of Chicago history is the source of many reported sightings

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Centennial Fountain & Water Arc 

McClurg Ct. at the Chicago River 

If it’s the top of the hour, swing by the Centennial Fountain and Arc. There lies a 90-foot jet stream that creates an arc across the Chicago River for ten minutes. You don’t want to miss it!

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Art on theMART 

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Check out the largest permanent digital art projection in the world on your walk down the Chicago Riverwalk. Art on theMart takes public art to a whole new level of iconic. Every night at 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. a variety of amazing artists display their digitized art on the merchandise mart! Check out the cool Adler Planetarium projections happening now!

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Chicago Water Taxis 

105 W. Riverwalk South 

After your eventful day checking out all the Chicago Riverwalk’s cool, new features, hop on a Chicago Water Taxi and take a trip to Chinatown for dinner! The water taxi is an all-day transportation system that allows for riders to go wherever they desire in the city—by water! Check routes and get tickets online.

Need more? We don't blame you! Check the Chicago Riverwalk's website for upcoming events and more stuff to do!