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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Chicago Riverwalk Season Opening Saturday, May 20, 9am-8pm (Chicago,IL.)
Chicago Riverwalk Summer Kick-Off Celebration - Schedule Highlights
Dance of the Bridges and Boats
See the annual bridge lifts and the parade of boats traveling under
Chicago's iconic movable bridges between Lake Street and Lake Shore
Times for the bridge lifts are subject to change.
Noon and 2pm
March of the Fish
or join The Art Side Out Studio and Mask Shop's Parade Club march along
the Riverwalk with their large fish puppets and spectacle pieces joined
by the King College Prep Marching Band! The noon parade starts at
Columbus Drive and goes to Lake Street, and at 2pm the parade will start
at Lake Street and proceed back to Columbus Drive.
Chicago Park District Fishing at the Jetty
Fish'N' Kids will teach children and adults of all ages to fish for
free, including supplies and instruction. The fishing jetty is located
at Franklin and Wells Streets along the Riverwalk.
Classic Boat Rendezvous at The Water Plaza
a fleet of classic and antique boats sponsored by the Chicago Yachting
Association while enjoying live music by the Chicago folk collective Old
Lazarus' Harp. Boats will be located between Wells and LaSalle Streets.
1pm and 2pm
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
a chamber ensemble comprised of members of the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra will perform as part of the Riverwalk kick-off celebration,
performing at 1pm between Franklin and Wells Streets, and 2pm near the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Dragon Boat Exhibition Race
an exciting dragon boat exhibition race with the Greater Chicago Dragon
Boat Club and Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce between Wells and
Dearborn Streets. Boats will be docked for viewing to learn more about
this historic Chinese tradition.
Traveling Music Cruise
Beats y Bateria, a Chicago-based world music band, as they travel on
Island Party Hut's tiki boat, stopping along the Riverwalk for music
performances. The fun begins at Island Party Hut's dock and will travel
up the river between Lake Street and Franklin Street with a final stop
at the River Theatre between LaSalle Street and Clark Street for the
grand finale display of pyrotechnic waterfalls from the bridges. Begins
at 355 E. Riverwalk South.
Pyrotechnic Waterfall Display
in the one-minute grand finale display of pyrotechnic waterfalls at the
River Theatre off of the west side of the Clark Street bridge and the
east side of LaSalle Street bridge.