Chicago River Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Navigate stories of scandal, tragedy and revitalisation in the heart of Chicago. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through the city.


  • Discover the history of the Chicago River on a self-guided audio tour
  • Learn about the city's immigrant communities and railway infrastructure
  • See the Wrigley Building, Marina City, and the Reid Murdoch Building
  • Explore the city's riverwalk and see the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Plaza


Discover the history of the Chicago River on a self-guided audio tour. Follow a loop to follow part of the riverwalk, starting and ending near the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Hear about the river’s earliest days, from the Native People to the early settlers who built their homes along the riverbank. Find out about the brothels, crooks, and everyday workers that populated the harbor in the 1800s. See many of Chicago’s best-known buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Marina City, and the Reid Murdoch Building. Discover how the river has gone from clean, to polluted, and back to fairly clean over the past 200 years. Listen to the stories of the city’s two most tragic boat disasters, including the sinking of the S. S. Eastland in 1915. Take in one of the largest Vietnam Veteran memorials in the nation, near where this tour ends.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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