Chicago Riverwalk is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.7 miElevation gain13 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyWalkingRunningPavedRiverViewsCity walk
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A family and pet-friendly paved route with great displays of downtown Chicago and its architecture. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least five feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to navigate the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 23, 2021
WalkingGreat!

Love doing this walk and seeing all the architecture.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 9, 2020
Hiking

Nice walk, but due to ongoing construction there is not enough room for walker/runners and cyclist/skaters. Probably better to walk in the evening

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
Hiking

Best walk for me this thus far.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 14, 2020
Hiking

Great way to see downtown Chicago! Family and pet friendly. Best display of Chicago’s architecture! Must do!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2020
WalkingGreat!

Beautiful day in Chicago! Very easy to get on/off the riverwalk and it was very safe! Lots of people out exercising, but there was enough space so it didn't feel crowded.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 26, 2020

This is one the nicest urban trails you'll find in the world. It's one of the highlights of Chicago. I only wish it was longer.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 7, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 3, 2020
Hiking

Best urban hiking I’ve ever done ! The views from all the buildings and the riverfront are to die for

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 25, 2019
Hiking

This is urban hiking - use the stairs and ramps on the Riverwalk to train for more traditional hiking. Dogs allowed, open until 10pm and lots of interesting sights on the river. Also, if you’re looking for lunch, a snack or dinner, there’s plenty of places to choose from along the street level.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2019
Hiking

Keeps getting better with new landscaping and additions. Good way to loop the city from the west to the east and back.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 25, 2019
Walking

Nice walk through the city and along the river.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 3, 2019
Walking

Full length of the riverwalk is now completed, from the Confluence to the Lake Shore Drive bike path. Incorporations of restaurants, river activities, and landscaping is now fully underwary. Takes about an hour to briskly walk the entire length and back.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 24, 2019
Hiking

Still some closures to deal with here. Great walk along the river.

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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 4, 2019

Closed for “improvements” at Columbus access stairs

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 12, 2018

A must go in Chicago, especially great at night. The riverwalk is now complete so you can walk all the way from Michigan Ave around Wacker. The views are great, you can stop and have lunch, dinner or a drink at and in the night sky, the building lights are one of the best views in all of Chicago. Easy walking path with stairs, ramps and elevators for easy access.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2018
Walking

Nice trail to walk right by the river, can watch the boats pass and see the historic city.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 29, 2018

Really fun walk. Great Chicago architecture, river, restaurants, people watching. Great for photography too.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2018

Nice running trail. Plenty of shaded sections, great for running in a hot sunny day

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 23, 2018
Walking

Beautiful trail with restaurants and bars lining the majority of the trail. A great place to appreciate the beautiful architecture that Chicago has to offer.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2017
Walking

Easy, paved trails. Some stairs, depending on where you enter the river walk. Beautiful on a crisp Chicago morning.

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Walking
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Very modern and interesting.

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Hiking
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