Chicago's Riverwalk reminds us how important water is to our
The river-level promenade runs along Wacker Drive and the south
bank of the Chicago River from Franklin Street to Lake Shore Drive.
Visitors can take advantage of riverfront cafes, tour boats and
water taxis, bicycle rentals and retail stands featuring crafts
made by local women entrepreneurs.
The McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum at the corner
of Michigan and Wacker is a great place to start. Open
Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and located inside a former
bridgehouse, the site serves as an information center and museum
showcasing how the Chicago River and its bridges impacted the city.
The highlight for kids is undoubtedly the gear room, which shows
the massive machine pieces needed to raise and lower the bridges.
As you climb from the lower level to the top, you're also treated
to great views of the river and Michigan Avenue.
From here you can head east or west along the river. Between
Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, Mayor Daley's River Fishing
Festival provides free fishing equipment for kids every
Walking shoes are a must. In several places, be aware there is
no barrier between the Riverwalk and the water.
Wendella Boats sits just across the river from the Bridgehouse
Museum.The 90-minute architecture tour of the river and lakefront
is a great introduction to Chicago's skyline and downtown. Plus the
boat has refreshments and restrooms, making it an ideal
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