Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile - Luxury hotel - TOP REASONS TO EXPLORE CHICAGO'S RIVERFRONT


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Eat, drink, play and explore a waterside wine patio, pier fishing, kayaking and more along the Riverwalk’s lush 1.25-mile pedestrian stretch, which runs along the south bank of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. Here’s the lay of the land of the Chicago Riverwalk, and things to know before you go.

1.) It’s made up of six coves, or “rooms.”

2.) Hit the Island Party Hut Tiki Bar for live island music, grilled grub, and refreshing rum and margarita concoctions.

3.) The Riverwalk is a hands-on recreational experience. Call on Urban Kayaks for Chicago River kayak tours and rentals. Boat on a Chicago Water Taxi as you take in the sights.

4.) City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk is a fabulous place, with six house-made wines on tap and an outdoor wine patio. Tiny Hatt is a barbecue-focused Riverwalk dining hot spot, offering free live music on select evenings.

5.) Visit the educational Jetty area to learn about the river’s system of canals and fascinating feats of engineering.

6.) Public art is on show throughout the pedestrian trail. In addition to the glorious views of architecturally significant skyscrapers which create an urban canyon along the Main Branch of the Chicago River, the City displays various works of public art

7.) The city has been developing the plan for the Riverwalk since the 1990s. The river itself has a long history that is tied directly to the development of Chicago. Stop in to the fascinating McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum for a celebration of the river’s famed movable bridges, and be treated to a panoramic view of the city.

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