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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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Tour snapshot
Chicago River sightseeing cruise with a focus on city architecture
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
300
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    300
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 76126P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide.
Exclusions
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on-board the vessel.
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Depart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building. Look for the blue "Wendella" awning over the dock staircase. Descend the stairs to the river-level dock.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Near public transportation
  • Increased sanitation
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide.
Exclusions
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on-board the vessel.
Departure details
  • 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Depart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building. Look for the blue "Wendella" awning over the dock staircase. Descend the stairs to the river-level dock.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Near public transportation
  • Increased sanitation
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 20 Jan 2022
A note from 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
All Wendella staff is vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    400 N Michigan Ave
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Depart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building. Look for the blue "Wendella" awning over the dock staircase. Descend the stairs to the river-level dock.
    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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Esther B
1 contribution
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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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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Andrea N
Dundee, MI2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Definitely recommend to anyone whether you are from Chicago or are just a tourist. You learn so much, see some great sites and have multiple photo opportunities. Would recommend not wasting your time trying to go below deck and get a cocktail/drink as the line is too long and you miss too much of the tour. Also the only food item they had was “plain” potato chips so I’d advise not counting on a snack during this unless you bring your own. You can bring a bag/purse with you but they will check it before boarding (for obvious safety measures which I was pleased with). The tour guide was amazing and thorough while keeping us entertained the whole time!
Written 7 May 2022
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caningg1
Dublin, Ireland36 contributions
Fantastic way to see the city and learn about its history through its architecture. Our tour guide Jack was informative, engaging and entertaining. His love for Chicago and it’s architectural heritage was obvious and he is a wonderful story teller. This tour is an absolute must for anyone visiting Chicago and it’s also great value for money.

The only negative for my wife and I came at the end of the tour. It was so disappointing to see so many leave the tour without thanking or tipping the guide. The guy gave us a fantastic tour of his city and we don’t believe that it’s too much to ask that people show a little appreciation. Tip people!
Written 3 April 2022
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Guys8115
London, UK87 contributions
Apr 2022
Excellent trip. Boarding was straight forward even though the trip was fully booked. It was a decent day so almost everyone sat upstairs on the uncovered deck. The boat also has a covered deck with a bar which serves refreshments etc.
The guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot of information from the tour about Chicago and the history and architects that designed the iconic buildings, For instance, what the four stars on city's flag stand for and the real reason it's called the windy city (it's not because it's particularly windy there).
Well worth the booking. As there are lots of boat trips on the river when booking this on, make sure it say "Wedella" as the operator.
Written 24 April 2022
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namefunnel
Lexington, MA38 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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217angell
Baltimore, MD37 contributions
Great cruise
The cruise was very good. I am glad I picked the 90 mins architectural tour over the 45 mins there is so much stuff to see and learn. The crew were all very professional and the lady telling about the city and buildings seemed very passionate and knowledgeable and to really love her job and Chicago.
I will be recommending this to any of my friends going to Chicago and will take again when I come back
Written 26 April 2022
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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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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,571 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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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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allisonmY905AW
allisonmY905AW
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10/10 would recommend
It's a great tour. You get to learn city history in a relaxing way. Would recommend to anyone....first time visitin
R332YSlucasb
R332YSlucasb
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Pretty much perfect
Absolutely magnificent views of the city, reasonably detailed info for the number of buildings that are mentioned,
ziyingl2022
ziyingl2022
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Very fun and affordable experience
Sit on the right side of the boat since the tour guide references and points to buildings on the right.
F1319NWchristopherr
F1319NWchristopherr
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Blast!
Wonderfully educational and a great tour guide! The weather was stunning! Great way to experience the city!
GiF70
GiF70
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Beautiful way to watch the sunset
Lovely way to watch the sunset on this beautiful city. Wrap up warm in early May, sit back, relax and enjoy. Plenty
kkmckendree
kkmckendree
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Breathtaking!
This was fantastic!! The sunset behind the Chicago skyline is breathtaking! This is a must to see this spectacula
koraimat2022
koraimat2022
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Great 45 min experience
The overall experience was great. The tour guide had such a positive energy as we were guided through history. I st
Tuki_PR
Tuki_PR
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Perfect tour with little ones
Short enough, long enough and super engaging. We have little ones and this was perfect. The trip hit the perfect am
R9733DGbobs
R9733DGbobs
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Well worth it.
Nice to see the buildings from the river and the tour guide was very good. Cost for drinks were to expensive.
Micki B
Micki B
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Perfect tour for learning about Chicago
Our tour announcer was WONDERFUL! She has been doing this for years and it was obvious she knows and loves Chicago
Elliott S
Elliott S
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A cold almost wet beautiful tour
Im not an architecht so i didnt get the full value of what Lori explained But she dis it very well, was very earm a
JJIMENEZ89
JJIMENEZ89
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Got Rained On, But Tour Wasn’t a Wash
Even though it was raining on and off and windy, the tour guide made our cruise very enjoyable and memorable. She w
nicosmarin
nicosmarin
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Chicago river trip
Best value for money. It worths to try this trip. My second time with wendella. Weather was nice so we enjoyed ope
Sightsee68258874727
Sightsee68258874727
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Well worth it
Chicago in April can be cold and it was COLD! However, this didn’t spoil the trip at all. The bar area is inside an
DeniseR2415
DeniseR2415
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Great tour
A fun and informative way to see Chicago Lovely crew and knowledgeable tour guide Over all had a great experience
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