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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

By Wendella
Recommended by 91% of travellers
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About
Explore all three branches of the Chicago River on a journey through the heart of the city. This riverboat excursion introduces passengers to Chicago’s legendary architecture, narrated by a professionally trained architectural guide. Outdoor and climate-controlled indoor seating is first-come, first-served so it’s best to book ahead. It’s a unique way to see the city.
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HK$336.96
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Ages 0-99, max of 300 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
Chinese, English

Highlights
  • Chicago River sightseeing cruise with a focus on city architecture
  • Learn about historical landmarks from guided commentary
  • Relaxing way to see the sights: no traffic to navigate
  • Full-service bar with snacks available on board

  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide.
What's not included
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on-board the vessel.


Departure details
  • 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Arrive at 400 N Michigan Avenue 30 minutes before your departure and you will be directed to your boarding dock. Please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive if driving. We do not have parking. It is recommend that you book parking in advance.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 76126P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Arrive 30 Minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • Indoor and outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis
  • Maps are available with highlights in simplified Chinese. They can picked up per request at the ticket window.
  • Special requests entered at checkout cannot be guaranteed
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Where do we meet for the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
We are located at 400 N Michigan Avenue at the historic Wrigley Building. Wendella has four dock locations that extend west from the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge to Wabash Avenue.
Is there parking available for the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
There are two parking garages near the departure point: AMA Plaza parking at 401 N. State Street and InterPark Public Parking at 430 N. Rush St. (Parking fees apply at both locations.)
Is the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour handicap accessible?
We operate 3 boats with wheelchair lifts between decks. All our boats can accommodate wheelchairs & have toilets that are ADA compliant. For guests who are deaf or hard of hearing, a written script of the narration is available at the ticket office.
Can I bring my service animal with me on the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A service animal is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Pets and dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 76126P1

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  • You'll start at
    400 N Michigan Ave
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Arrive at 400 N Michigan Avenue 30 minutes before your departure and you will be directed to your boarding dock. Please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive if driving. We do not have parking. It is recommend that you book parking in advance.
    See address & details
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    Wendella
    Stop: 15 minutes
    Vessels depart from Wendella's docks at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge), at the foot of the Wrigley Building.
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    Pass by
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Centennial Fountain And Water Arc
    Merchandise Mart
    Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Wrigley Building
    Chicago Riverwalk
    Lyric Opera of Chicago
    Marina City
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Stuart K
2 contributions
Aug 2021
What a fantastic way to spend an hour and a half in the lovely city of Chicago. It was informative well structured and wonderful in every way. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys learning about their surroundings. The guide was well spoken and really seems to enjoy what he is doing. We were on the 1:00PM tour on Sunday the 15th of August on a beautifully sunny afternoon. The tickets for the boat tour also gives you access to the Architectural Museum for the follow 7 days, a real bonus.
Written 17 August 2021
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jnhistory
duham27 contributions
Jul 2022
My friend and I visited Chicago and did the 90-Minute Boat tour. It was the best! Joe was our tour guide and he knows Chicago and the history like the back of his hand. He spoke in a story telling fashion and felt like we were listening to a documentary since he was so knowledgeable. We went on a Sunday at 10:30am and the weather was very nice. We booked online once we got to Chicago. I thought they would add a convenience fee but it was the same price if you bought tickets at riverwalk. They have other tour boats but we did Wendella. My co-worker also recommended doing a boat tour and it did not disappoint. The boat captain and crew also were good. I definitely would recommend this as a visitor, or as a Chicagoan who wants to enjoy learning about the city.
For tips, I read other reviews where a family got lost and had a hard time finding the pickup location so we got there at 10 am and were the first to get on the boat. The website suggests this too but realize sometime we read fast or overlook the details. There were plenty of seats but it's not necessarily the easiest to find since there are other boats. Don't hesitate to ask someone.
Written 12 July 2022
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Esther B
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Apr 2022 • Couples
The Wendella Boat tour was fantastic and one of the highlights of my trip to Chicago. The tour guide, Jack, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and provided a perfect blend of Chicago architecture facts, city history, humor, and humility.

While we did battle the elements and rain, it didn’t dampen our experience and we were able to take shelter below to warm up with a cup of coffee (or alcoholic beverage). For a 90 minute tour it flew by and would be something I recommend for any tourist or experienced Chicagoan alike; highly recommend.
Written 1 May 2022
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY3,386 contributions
We haven’t been on a bout tour in Chicago in 5 years and probably over 20 years since we have been on a Wendella bout tour. We have never just taken a river cruise so that appealed to us. We were able to get reservations early that morning for a 12:15 afternoon tour and walk several blocks to board. Due to Covid restrictions masks had to worn and occupancy was limited. Sure it was a little hot wearing the masks but we both understand the necessity for precautions at this time. Our docent is a teacher and shared her knowledge of architecture and history on a relaxing, informative and pleasant 90 minute river tour of Chicago. This was a pleasant way to spend part of the day learning new things about this city and not having to do a lot of walking. Let’s face it, folks, there’s a lot of walking in Chicago if you truly want to see anything. This also provided for photo opportunities not available on land. These will be treasured for years.
Written 27 May 2021
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Lmjsoos5
Bel Air, MD64 contributions
Sep 2020
I highly recommend this boat tour especially for first time visitors. Due to covid, the boat was in less than half capacity which was a plus for us. From the line to check in, to find a seat and to exit the boat, the process was so smooth and was socially distanced.
To top it all, the weather was perfect-sunny and not too breezy. The staff were all friendly and helpful too. You can buy a drink on the lower level too.

Our tour guy was hilarious and really kept our attention. We now appreciated all the building architecture and old bridges we saw during the tour due to the background and unique features.
Written 28 September 2020
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namefunnel
Lexington, MA56 contributions
Sep 2021
The woman narrating the tour was very knowledgeable and had been doing this for the last 35 years. We did this tour on Labor Day, and the route we took went out onto the lake and only spent a small amount of time on the river because of the large number of small recreational boats on the river that day. It was still interesting and enjoyable, however
Written 9 September 2021
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T. McLendon
5 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
We did the sunset tour and I think this is the absolute best way to view the city of Chicago. Our tour guide John was thorough, knowledgeable and extremely humorous. My group and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Written 11 August 2020
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Jess V
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Solo
My 2:00 Tour was actually 1:45 departure so get there early! If you want to go to the Tour from Navy Pier you will have to take a water taxi $. The tour guide was lovely and does a great job of packing the tour full of information. The buildings that are talked about are typically on the dock side of the boat. I recommend sitting somewhere its comfortable to look up and towards that side.
Written 22 July 2021
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Colin
Boston, MA28 contributions
Oct 2021
Comprehensive but quick introduction to Chicago's distinctive architecture with added commentary on history and culture. Highly recommend taking a river boat tour — it's much easier than driving/walking and offers great unobstructed views of nearly all of the city's wonderful buildings.

Also, it was not super-obvious from the description but this tour departed from beneath the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue at the end of the Magnificent Mile, which is centrally located and very convenient. Many other tours left from the Navy Pier, which is a destination in itself but not as close to other sights.
Written 12 October 2021
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Adventurer754770
Saint Louis, MO37 contributions
The actual tour on First Lady was terrific! The best . Our docent, Mark, was exceptional, clear and knowledgeable! I highly recommend the tour itself, but the booking agent, Ticketmaster, was horrible! Bad directions that caused much stress. Almost missed the boat due to horrible directions.
The Tickets could only be accessed through the app, and were not in the email confirmation. Then the app made me sign in and I had a struggle with the password.
When I finally got to the QR for scanning as a ticket it would flash off the screen real fast. They charge a premium for ‘service’ on Ticketmaster, but their lack of service almost cost us getting on the boat I am very disappointed in Ticketmaster and would encourage any event venue or ride to use another way to check it potential customers. But the ride the boat ride was the highlight of the trip to Chicago and I would recommend it to anyone
Written 15 July 2022
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