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Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Chicago: Riverwalk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

Explore Chicago’s scenic Riverwalk on a self-guided tour. Admire some of Chicago’s most beautiful architecture and dive into its fascinating history as you take a leisurely stroll alongside the river.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Become an overnight expert on Chicago’s skyscrapers
  • Enjoy the breeze rolling off Lake Michigan and watch the sun glimmer off skyscrapers and the Chicago River
  • Hear the story of the angry 19th-century mob that tore down a bridge with axes
  • Take the tour at your own pace, stopping to further explore the city whenever and wherever you’d like
  • Follow a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
Full description

Learn about Chicago's history, culture, and architecture on a self-guided tour via an app. Enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms.

Start by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one (download instructions received via email after booking). After downloading the app, head to the starting point of the tour at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. As you being to walk, spot the DuSable Bridge and learn about the iconic terracotta Wrigley Building. From there, head west and pass Wabash Bridge, once voted America’s Most Beautiful Bridge.

After that, see the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Next, stop by the 600-foot Marina Towers. Learn how these towers function as a “city within a city.”

Head to the Dearborn Street Bridge and hear why an angry mob once gathered here with axes. Listen to the tale of one of the strangest and deadliest shipwrecks in American history. Learn how a devastating shipwreck happened on a river only 20-feet deep. Continue on toward the Merchandise Mart, a gorgeous example of Art Deco architecture. Learn how the Chicago River helped this city go from a small settlement to a bustling hub of culture and commerce.

Next, arrive at Wolf Point, where Chicago’s very first hotel stood almost 200 years ago. Dig into the era when this place was little more than a wild frontier, then head back the way you came for the final section of the tour. Stop at the Tribune Tower containing pieces of historic buildings from across the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Berlin Wall. Next, come face to face with NBC’s Chicago headquarters, modeled after the famous skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Finally, arrive at the last bridge separating the Chicago River from Lake Michigan, where the tour concludes. Take in the soothing scenery and snap a few photos for your Instagram.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour through the Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at 65 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. If you have questions you can visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is an audio guide, no guide will accompany you. The app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map. This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

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My husband and I enjoyed the Chicago River Walk tour. We learned a lot about the City’s architecture and history at our own pace. It’s a great way to get a little exercise while learning at the same time. Looking forward to another tour to learn more about the City.

October 27, 2021

Product ID: 404777