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Flowing right through the heart of Downtown Chicago is the beautiful Chicago River. This river truly is a sight to behold. At all times of the year boats float merrily along the river carrying all manner of tourists and the banks are adorned with some of the most delightful eateries and boutique shops. Anyway that runs close to the Chicago River is an absolute 'must see'.

The Chicago River has always played a central role in the history of this area. Standing at a whopping 156 miles long, the banks of this river were the home to many Indian tribes who settled in this area. When colonization of the United States began, many of the colonists also chose to make the banks for the river their home.

In 1900 the river was completely changed, something which had never happened before. A team of engineers got together and completely changed the direction in which the Chicago River flowed. This was detrimental to many of the inhabitants of the city as they no longer had access to clean drinking water. Just a few short years later however a number of canal locks were built on the river which caused the flow to change once again, and this time produce cleaner water.

Some of the most beautiful sights to behold in all of Chicago can be found along this river. There are forty five different movable bridges that span the length of the river, and all of them offer absolutely picturesque views across the stunning city skyline. Make sure that you have your camera handy if you are visiting this area.

Kayaks on the Chicago RiverApart from the shops and restaurants that line the river banks, there are also a number of recreational activities which take place in the water. Perhaps the most popular of these are the leisure boat cruises. This truly is a 'must do' activity in Chicago as the majority of the beautiful buildings are actually located on the banks of the river so once again, make sure you have your camera handy.

As you walk around you cannot help but be in awe of the beauty of the promenades and walkways which line the banks. As you have probably guessed already, a walk along the Chicago River should be at the top of the list of anyone visiting Chicago.


Address/Map:  Chicago River, Chicago, IL
Phone: (312) 939-0490
Website: Friends of the Chicago River