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Chicago River 45-Minute Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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Chicago River 45-Minute Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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Duration: 45m
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Live guide: English
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  • Restroom on board
  • Enclosed climate controlled lounge
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  • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks & snacks available for purchase on board
  • Storage


Start:
  • 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.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • 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: 76126P5

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
    • Outside alcohol is prohibited
    • All bags subject to search
    • 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
    • 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 100 travellers

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

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Where do we meet for the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Is there parking available for the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
    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.)
    Answered Apr 2021
    Is the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile 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.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Can I bring my service animal with me on the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021

    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: 76126P5

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      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.
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    Elizabeth I
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    If you are debating whether to attend a cruise or not... DO IT! I went on a windy afternoon in November, brought a jacket and some sunglasses and enjoyed the experience 100%! Craig was our guide. He was knowledgeable, approachable, and really facilitated the entire experience. All of the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Even the lady at the ticket booth helped get us set up and on our way! My friend suggested Wendella Tours and I am so happy she did! I can't wait to do it again! Thanks Wendella!
    Written 6 November 2020
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    Bridget F
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Solo
    This tour was amazing even in the frigid temperatures in February. I would definitely take this tour again. It was reasonably priced, there is a heated cabin so you can warm up, as well as snacks and beverages inside for purchase. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the staff were great. Such a beautiful way to see Chicago.
    Written 18 February 2023
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    Ranja B
    Atlanta, GA7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020 • Couples
    The boat tour was nice. It’s parking that ruined the experience for me. I called ahead of time to ask about parking. I was informed on the phone that they validate parking at trump tower for up to 6 hours. We spent 1.5 hours in the trump tower parking and that was $32. The parking sticker Windella boat tour gave was good for $14. We had to pay $18 out of pockets, which was not planned. Getting innacurate information was beyond frustrating.
    Written 5 November 2020
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    Sorry to hear about your experience with the Trump Tower Parking. However, just for the record, we do not operate or control the parking.
    Written 9 November 2020
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    Tina S
    Peoria, IL26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Couples
    I’m glad we booked the evening trip, 7:45 pm in the spring. We were able to see all the buildings quite well, and the Chicago skyline in the evening speckled with structure lights was an amazing view! Please sit on the upper deck, and we sat on the right side, the operator talked about one side of the buildings, then the boat turned around and he talked about the other side. When you are facing the front of the boat sit on your right side upper deck this is the best location.
    Chicago skyscraper architecture is an engineering marvel, and this tour is a good introduction to the magnificence of those two disciplines!
    Dress accordingly for the weather.
    Written 21 April 2024
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    Laurie W
    Wynantskill, NY55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The boat ride was smooth. The tour guide with the hat was very funny and kept the crowd’s attention. Learned a lot of Chicago facts as well as architectural info. The boat was well equipped with good and drinks. Open seating so line up early if you want to choose certain seats
    Written 30 July 2023
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    Paradise781842
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    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    The guide started asking the participants to sit down and be silent so everyone could enjoy the tour, but then a bunch of loud people stood right in front of us and the guide let them stay there. I had to ask them to move on the side. The guide spoke very fast and with the noise we could barely understand what she said, and we were not impressed by her narrative. A list of random fact without any depth or insightful stories. Better choose other options...
    Written 17 August 2023
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    Inspire33345458436
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    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cruise over all was great. The boat was clean, bathrooms were clean and your guide was knowledgeable. However when we were getting off of the boat there was a worker that was working on top of the boat. She repeatedly yelled at a group of tourists to get off the boat. This lady was so rude and kept telling them to get off the boat and quit taking pictures. However there was still a group downstairs there was several people still on the boat. Lady was racist towards this group of people. They were not even with us but several people noticed cause she made such a big scene. For this reason I would NOT recommend. I would give a zero if I could.
    Written 11 April 2022
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    Terah
    Savannah, GA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Family
    This was amazing. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I really just wanted to ride through the river at night on a boat. But the tour guide was phenomenal— he was very funny, VERY knowledgeable and he made it all so interesting! Everything was handled really well by the staff. Highly recommend.
    Written 7 July 2021
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    K Min
    Washington DC, DC9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Friends
    We did enjoy our 45 minute tour ride with the Wandella boat. 45 minutes were just perfect, not too long or too short, but it was good enough time to see and enjoy the ride along with the river view. The boat was a nice medium size I would say, and there were many of them they operate. The location was great to get on and off, which was the nice city center location. The guide was very energetic and worked very hard to give us all information about architecture and buildings. I recommend this tour to anyone who visits Chicago.
    Written 25 August 2023
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    Bri H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Solo
    I took the 45 minute architecture boat ride solo. Staff was great and it was very interesting and fun! I got to see a great view of the skyline after dark, which was beautiful, and views of the city that I couldn't see any other way.
    Written 25 October 2023
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