Free Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration
When: Monday, May 13–19, 2019 See times below. Chicago Architectural Center tours required reservations and are $3!
Where: Riverwalk. See specific locations below.
Experience Chicago’s second waterfront during a preview of summer programming including Art on theMART, new works of public art, fireworks, tours, kayaking, Fishing at the Jetty, great food, live music, Year of Chicago Theatre programs and much more.
May 13 7–8pm Year of Chicago Theatre Performances and LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession at the Confluence between Franklin and Lake Streets.
May 13 7:45pm LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark on the Riverwalk Lantern Procession begins at Wabash Avenue heading west to the Confluence between Franklin and Lake Streets. Spectacular lanterns will illuminate iconic elements of famed productions Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, Aida, The Lion King, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Alladdin.
May 13 8:15pm Art on theMART
May 13 8:30pm Fireworks Display from theMART
May 14 5:00pm Second Tuesdays on the Chicago Riverwalk
May 14 4:00pm-6:00pm Join Chicago Architecture Center docents to hear their favorite stories about the characters who made the Chicago River the nation’s crossroad of commerce then transformed it into a cultural destination and a unique urban landscape. Meet at the Confluence on the Riverwalk at Lake Street and Wacker Drive. Reservations required ($3 fee). COTC note: $3?! Talk about nickel and diming us to death! Come on CAC!
Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Choose Chicago InstaGreeter
FREE one hour walks with a city wise local volunteer highlighting the history, architecture and life along the Riverwalk. Meet a Greeter at the Plaza in front of the Bridgehouse Museum, Michigan Ave and the Riverwalk.
Friday, May 17 Noon–6 p.m. Fishing at the Jetty with the Chicago Park District
Returning for its third year, the Chicago Park District will share a preview of their popular Fishing at the Jetty. As they fish outdoors, children learn about the ecosystem and the role the river plays in Chicago’s history and future.
Saturday, May 18 Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Vietnam War Memorial at State Street and Wabash Avenue.Chicago Architecture Center Walking Tours
Enjoy FREE CAC docent-led mini-walking tour along the Riverwalk and learn about the Riverwalk’s history and design. Meet at the Vietnam War Memorial at State Street and Wabash Avenue. Reservations required ($3 fee). COTC note: $3?! Talk about nickel and diming us to death! Come on CAC!
WWII Submarine Memorial Dedication
A group of Navy veterans have developed a submarine memorial for the Chicago Riverwalk to Honor, Educate and Inspire. The new memorial includes a submarine door and seating and will be located near the updated Field Drive Plaza on the east end of the Riverwalk. The time for the ceremony will be announced at a later date. No submarines will be available!
Public Art Installation
A new commissioned work by Ebony G. Patterson is a series of five intricate and colorful banners titled …between the below… The banners will adorn the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive just east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, above the Chicago First Lady dockside ticket booths.Best view would be from the east side of the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge.