This tour helps you discover the western portion of the Riverwalk, starting at the Vietnam Memorial near State Street. As we walk to Lake Street, hear how this linear park—called Chicago’s new coastline by some—has become a magnet for outdoor recreation.
This tour visits the six "rooms" or locations where people can walk, sit, eat and drink while enjoying the view of passing boats and kayaks. See magnificent and iconic buildings along the way, including Merchandise Mart, site of the unique Art on the Mart display. Understand how the Riverwalk was built—and why.
- Advance reservations required.
- Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
- The tour ends at the Riverbank “room” between Franklin and Lake Streets on the Riverwalk level.
- Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
Upcoming Riverwalk West Tours
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Highlights of this Tour
1 W. Lower Wacker Drive
Strolling along Chicago’s beautiful Riverwalk, it’s hard to imagine just how much things have changed…
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was founded in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings. Partner…
trunnion bascule bridge
trunnion is a French word for "stump" or pivot point; bascule is a French word for "see-saw"; a trunnion…
300 N. State St.
“In our 'cities within cities' we shall turn our streets up into the air, and stack the daytime and…
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Size has always mattered in the Midwest.
London Guarantee Building
360 N. Michigan Ave.
Located where Fort Dearborn once stood, the London Guarantee & Accident Building is one of four structures…
150 North Riverside
150 N. Riverside
Gravity-defying 150 North Riverside has already taken its rightful place among Chicago’s architectural…
a large vertical, concrete pier, cast in place and used in a foundation where the soil is unstable
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
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Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Riverfront
Tour the lobbies of five opulent Art Deco skyscrapers built near the banks of the Chicago River during…
Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building
Where else but Chicago can you find two iconic mid-century buildings living side by side? Get the inside…
Aqua, St. Regis Chicago and Lakeshore East
Take a short walk to see the Lakeshore East neighborhood, featuring two notable buildings designed by…
Lights, Camera, Architecture!
Chicago’s unique architecture has co-starred in movies with Ferris Bueller, Batman and the Blues Brothers…
Once the largest building in the world, the Merchandise Mart remains a center for commercial and residential…