Connecting downtown Chicago through an oasis on the river. The reinvented Riverwalk is a bustling Chicago attraction and a world-class neighborhood asset.



with the City to ensure attractiveness to the private sector

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principles, and key recommendations to ensure a world-class public space

The Riverwalk is invigorating and enhancing the surrounding urbanscape by providing dynamic new commercial space and an uninterrupted route from Lake Street to Lake Michigan for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since opening in 2016, the Riverwalk has been a bustling hub of activity, offering a variety of venues and spaces for residents and visitors to eat, drink and play.


The Chicago Riverwalk 

The award winning Chicago Riverwalk is a key component of Building on Burnham, a comprehensive plan to invest in the Lakefront, the Chicago River, natural areas and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods across the city. Under the Building on Burnham plan, 985 acres of parks have been acquired and 5.5 miles of waterfront access have been developed with continued plans to acquire additional parkland and further develop the waterfront in the coming years.

Since 2011, the Chicago River has been transformed into the city’s next recreational park, with vast opportunities for residents and visitors to access and enjoy the river at almost every mile. The Chicago Riverwalk covers 1.25-miles through the heart of the city and continues to offer new and improved ways to enjoy Chicago’s waterfronts and architecture. For more information, www.chicagoriverwalk.us