Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) spotlight a slate of engaging summer arts and recreational programming taking place on the Chicago Riverwalk, a magnificenturban space located on the south bank of the Chicago River. The award-winning, pedestrian-friendly Chicago Riverwalk stretches 1.25 miles from Lake Michigan to Lake Street offering restaurants, wineries and bars, live music and performances, public art, urban recreation and more.
Programming on the Chicago Riverwalk is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by DCASE in collaboration with the Department of Assets and Information (AIS), the Chicago Park District and cultural partners from around the city. Highlights of DCASE arts programming this summer include Blues on the Riverwalk (June 9 & 10) bringing the best of the Chicago Blues Festival to The Confluence (between Franklin and Lake Streets)and Sounds of the Riverwalk, a 12-week free music series offered select Sundays at 1pm, June 19, through early October featuring different musicians from the Chicago Band Roster. Art on the MART,the largest digital art projection in the world, covering over 2.5 acres of theMART’s river-facing façade, announced new installations inspired by the city’s Year of Chicago Dance to be showcased throughout the summer. Also celebrating the Year of Chicago Dance, Links Hall presents Dance on the Walk showcasing the city’s dynamic dance scenewith free performances plus pre-show classes for all skill levels. Details are available at ChicagoRiverwalk.us.
“The Chicago Riverwalk is an urban oasis in the heart of our city,” shares DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey. “We’re thrilled to bring some of our best Chicago-based artists from the Chicago Blues Festival and the Chicago Band Roster to perform live with our beautiful city as the backdrop. The array of fantastic arts and recreational programming scheduled this summer further enriches the waterfront experience for everyone.”
Vendors in the Riverwalk concession program are now open including City Winery, O’Briens Riverwalk Cafe and Chicago Electric Boats.
Community Marketplace will reopen later this summer with a new selection of vendors. Building on the Riverwalk’s successful concession program, the Community Marketplace was constructed in 2019 to expand the program to minority and women-owned businesses representing the cultural diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Construction of a new Chicago Riverwalk elevator will delay the opening of the Community Marketplace.
To view the full reopening schedule and list of participating vendors, please visit ChicagoRiverwalk.us.