Urban Recreation on the Chicago Riverwalk

Find your wild side on the Chicago River.

While the Chicago Riverwalk sits at the heart of downtown Chicago, boasting public art, fine dining, fun nightlife, and some of the most highly sought-after boat tours in the city, its commitment to ecology, the natural environment and urban recreation are always top of mind.

The Jetty at the Chicago RiverwalkPhoto: Caroline Staublin

Fish on the Riverwalk

The Jetty is one of six coves that populate the 1.25-mile stretch of the Chicago Riverwalk. Extending from Wells to Franklin, the Jetty's fishing pier offers the opportunity to fish in one of the city's most picturesque downtown spots. Fishing on the Riverwalk is free, but an Illinois fishing license is required. 

Bike the Riverwalk

This is the ultimate fun, environmentally friendly way to explore the city.


Divvy is Chicago’s bike-sharing system with 5,000 bikes and 500+ stations across the city. Rent a Divvy bike just one block from the Chicago Riverwalk at 300 N Stetson Ave (Stetson Ave & South Water St) and take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Riverwalk.

Divvy bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system. Unlimited 30-minute trips can be purchased using credit or debit card for $7 a day at Divvy station kiosks.

Bike and Roll Chicago

Bike and Roll Chicago boasts a fleet of recreation bikes, transportation bikes, professional road bikes and kids equipment​. Bike and Roll bikes can be rented on the Chicago Riverwalk at 316 N Wabash Ave (and also at Millennium Park, 239 E Randolph St). Rates are for hourly or day-long rentals.

Bird Watch on the Riverwalk

You may be in the heart of downtown Chicago, but wildlife thrives on the Riverwalk — particularly the feathered variety. Mallards, ring-billed and herring gulls, rock pigeons, American robins, European starlings and Peregrine Falcons can be seen darting and swooping on Audubon Great Lakes' walk, which takes place the first Friday of the month at 8 am, July through October. (Meet on the Riverwalk just east of the bridge at State Street and Wacker Drive, and bring your binoculars!) As the regional office of the highly respected National Audubon Society, you know these guys know their stuff.

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