Things You May Not Know About the Chicago Riverwalk
Regardless of how long you’ve lived in the beautiful city of Chicago, there’s always more to learn. One of the most iconic parts of the city is the Chicago Riverwalk, a stunning display of restaurants, bars and activities that is a local and tourist favorite. Whether you opt for a Chicago sightseeing cruise or you simply want to walk around on a sunny afternoon, you’ll always find something enjoyable to do.
Here are some little-known tidbits about the Riverwalk that will make you appreciate your time there even more.
It’s Made from Six Coves
Did you know that the Riverwalk is made from six separate coves? Each cove has a unique identity and nickname.
The Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake): This branch is the perfect place to see the Chicago River’s three branches.
The Marina (State to Dearborn): This is where you’ll find plenty of boaters and restaurants. This particular cove was named for Marina City that overlooks the stunning Riverwalk.
The Jetty (Wells to Franklin): See floating wetland gardens and river ecology in this particular cove.
The River Theater (Clark to LaSalle): An urban getaway that features plenty of trees and greenery.
The Cove (Dearborn to Clark): This cove is right along the waterfront and is the perfect place to rent a kayak.
The Water Plaza (LaSalle to Wells): A very family-friendly cove where adults can enjoy scenic fountain views while kids splash and play.
The Riverwalk itself used to be a Midwest shipping channel, and the smells were quite strong! It’s hard to imagine the now-picturesque Chicago Riverwalk as a port for resources going in and out of the city, but it played an important role in the city’s economy.
Not only do we recommend booking one of our COVID-19-safe cruises this summer, but you can also explore the water by renting a kayak. Whether you rent one of our private fleets or you want to experience our coveted Architecture Cruise, you’ll have a blast!
Chicago has the most drawbridges in North America, and it’s second in the world only to Amsterdam. There are 40 bridge-moving days a year, so schedule your visit accordingly to see these magnificent structures in action.
Make sure to book your Chicago sightseeing cruise before summer comes to a close. Remember, we are open for cruises and have increased our safety protocols to help put our staff and our customers at ease. Book with us today!