A River Runs Through It: Check Out These Riverwalk Hotspots


Chicago’s poppin’ Riverwalk is the place to be this summer and you’ll want to take advantage of these concierge-recommended attractions!

Island Party Hut

Shannon Boland, LondonHouse Chicago

A full-on Tiki Bar right along the Chicago River? You betcha! Grab an island cocktail, enjoy fabulous food like the slow smoked pulled pork, and channel your competitive streak with outdoor games and activities like giant Jenga, bocce ball, and bags.

City Winery

Marcus Hollis, Omni Hotel

A music venue, wine bar, restaurant, and winery all rolled into one! City Winery’s Riverwalk location is a gorgeous spot to people watch, sip some vino, and listen to some live music. Offering a variety of salads, shareables, and paninis, City Winery’s menu is well-rounded and each item pairs perfectly with one of their dozens of wines and cocktails.

Urban Kayaks

Douglas Pickett, InterContinental Magnificent Mile

Feeling adventurous? Head over to Urban Kayaks to see Chicago from a different point of view. Whether you’re a first-time kayaker or a paddlin’ pro, Urban Kayaks offers an experience for everyone. Learn the ropes with experienced guides or rent your own kayak for the afternoon – the choice is yours!

Chicago Electric Boat Company

Ramon Gomez, The Gwen

An experience as unique as the City itself, Chicago Electric Boat Company offers an environmentally friendly way to see Chicago. Rent an electric boat for a fun, BYOB cruise down the Chicago River. Be your own captain or have a licensed tour guide join you; the options are endless.

Testimony from Flor Siga, Concierge, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

“I think watching the new Art in the Mart is the new must. Watch a funky collection of digital projections five nights a week, Wed-Sun, for two hours beginning 15 minutes after sunset. The World’s largest art projection against the historic Merchandise Mart, currently featuring acclaimed media designer John Boesche.”

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