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Come celebrate the start of summer programming along the Chicago Riverwalk! We’re leading a FREE morning river cruise and five FREE walking tours during this day-long event hosted by the city.

May 19, 2018
9:00 am

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Completed in fall 2016, the Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile promenade through the heart of Chicago. Locals and visitors flock to the area in the summer to enjoy bars, restaurants, boating, live music, public art and dramatic views. Get a preview of all the programming that will be offered along the riverfront through October during this 12-hour celebration, hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

To kick off the day, a FREE Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady will depart from 112 E. Wacker Dr. at 9am. You can enter for a chance to win a pair of FREE tickets to this cruise! During this exclusive Capture Chicago Photography Cruise, you're invited to move freely around the boat while a highly-trained docent points out architectural highlights. The winning passengers will depart on the river cruise at 112 E. Wacker Dr., Riverwalk Level on Saturday, May 19 at 9am. To enter the contest, visit by May 9, 2018 at 5pm CDT to enter.*

In addition, you can enjoy a FREE ** 45-minute CAF docent-led walking tour along the Riverwalk. See some of the city’s newest skyscrapers and learn how the Riverwalk was built. Tours will depart at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. To participate, make a reservation online and meet at the Vietnam War Memorial at State Street and Wabash Avenue.

Activities hosted by other organizations include a canine cruise, bridge lifts, a parade of boats, a puppet show, fishing for kids, live music and a waterfall display. For information, visit

*Winners will be randomly selected via a lottery drawing. Winners will be notified via the email address provided at the time of registration with instructions for claiming their tickets. Winners will be required to complete a final registration to claim their two tickets for the complimentary cruise. The Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises reserve the right to disqualify any winner who fails to claim their tickets within five days of initial notification. At that time, new winners may be selected. Tickets cannot be exchanged for alternate cruise dates or times and have no cash value.

**All online transactions will be charged a $3 convenience fee. To avoid this fee, order tickets via phone 312.922.3432 or in-person at CAF's Box Office at 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events