Chicago Riverwalk

Discover birding on a monthly walk along the Chicago River

Chicago Riverwalk

Discover birding on a monthly walk along the Chicago River

Deep within the canyons of skyscrapers, you can explore a bit of urban nature along Chicago’s Riverwalk. Taking a stroll along the Chicago River, you’ll see common birds like Mallard, Ring-billed and Herring Gull, Rock Pigeons, American Robin, European Starling, and House Sparrow. But you may also spot a magnificent Peregrine Falcon on the hunt or the aerial acrobatics of Northern Rough-winged Swallow chasing its next meal of insects or a White-winged Scoter cruising along the water in winter. And one of the benefits of birding along the Riverwalk? You can people watch while also watching the birds!

Join us on a monthly walk along the river every first Friday at 8 AM from July through October. Meet on the riverwalk just east of the bridge at State Street and Wacker Drive.

This is a great walk before work or if you are a beginner birder.

Bring your binoculars if you have them. We’ll have some extras on hand if needed! 

Walks will be July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, and October 7th.

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American Coot

Latin:  Fulica americana

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American Crow

Latin:  Corvus brachyrhynchos

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Barn Swallow

Latin:  Hirundo rustica

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Caspian Tern

Latin:  Hydroprogne caspia

Illustration for Caspian Tern

Common Goldeneye

Latin:  Bucephala clangula

Illustration for Common Goldeneye

Common Grackle

Latin:  Quiscalus quiscula

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Common Merganser

Latin:  Mergus merganser

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Latin:  Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Illustration for Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Peregrine Falcon

Latin:  Falco peregrinus

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Red-winged Blackbird

Latin:  Agelaius phoeniceus

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White-winged Scoter

Latin:  Melanitta deglandi

Illustration for White-winged Scoter

White-throated Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia albicollis

Illustration for White-throated Sparrow

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