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  • THINGS TO DO
  • RUNNING STORES
  • RUNNING & TRAVEL GEAR
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Just a few years ago, this stretch along the Chicago River was nothing but a desolate stretch of concrete and boarding areas for boat cruises. (In fact, if you go to Google Maps and use the Street View, you can see what it used to look like.) But in 2016, the city officially opened this 1.25 mile long path as another urban outdoor space where residents and visitors alike can now walk, run, relax, eat or drink and enjoy the all-too-short summer season.

Once you’re on the other side of the river, look for one of a few staircases taking you down to the river level. You can head east a short distance to Urban Kayaks (if you want to plan for another day) and the very laid back tiki bar that is Island Party Hut & Boat Charters. If you head west, you’ll find several other restaurants and bars, along with a Vienam Veterans Memorial, a fountain and a floating garden.

If you’ve worked up an appetite during your walk along Michigan Avenue, there are plenty of places to choose from for a snack, hearty lunch or a cocktail. As you near the end of the River Walk, you’ll come to a the “Y” in the Chicago River and several places to sit and lounge and take in the scenery.

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      Urban Outdoor Space to Enjoy Summer

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      Just a few years ago, this stretch along the Chicago River was nothing but a desolate stretch of concrete and boarding areas for boat cruises. (In fact, if you go to Google Maps and use the Street View, you can see what it used to look like.) But in 2016, the city officially opened this 1.25 mile long path as another urban outdoor space where residents and visitors alike can now walk, run, relax, eat or drink and enjoy the all-too-short summer season.

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