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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
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.
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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
  • You'll end 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.
    See address & details
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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
Important Information
Departure Point
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide
Exclusions
  • Please note that vessel bars will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • Increased sanitation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Vessel bars will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kendra S wrote a review 13 Nov
Point Marion, Pennsylvania25 contributions15 helpful votes
Great way to spend a warm November afternoon! Appropriate COVID safety measures. Fabulous view of the city and very informative and fun. Would happily go again if we find ourselves in Chicago.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Lenea S wrote a review 8 Nov
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Tour guide was knowledgeable, the boat was really clean, staff was friendly and the overall experience was nice
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Will20110429 wrote a review Oct 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin4 contributions1 helpful vote
I’ve always wanted to do a river architecture cruise, and this one was excellent! The host pointed out lots of details about buildings, past and present, and a lot about the history of the part of the city near the river. I would, and may well, do this again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Mark S wrote a review Oct 2020
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Just returned home from Chicago where we did the Wendella Architecture tour. It was very well done, and our guide Joe was extremely knowledgeable, funny and overall entertaining. The boat was COVID safe and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Irene B wrote a review Oct 2020
Stockton, California12 contributions2 helpful votes
Great 90 minute tour down the river. Very informative and great views of the diverse architecture in Chicago. Can sit on top of boat with open views or down below in covered area. Drinks and snacks can be purchased and a bathroom is on board.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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About the operator

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By: Wendella
elizabethiozzo
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Whether you live in the city or visiting- Wendella is a MUST!
If you are debating whether to attend a cruise or not... DO IT! I went on a windy afternoon in November, brought a
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ranjavola18
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Parking beware
The boat tour was nice. It’s parking that ruined the experience for me. I called ahead of time to ask about parking
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dnspriggs
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Perfect tour
I have heard so much about the architecture tours being a must do. This particular tour exceeded our expectations a
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Robert B
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BEST photos of my trip on this cruise!!!
Fantastic and beautiful sunset cruise. I got the BEST photos of my trip on this cruise!!! All I wanted was a great
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gertyra
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GREAT experience book now
This was such a great experience. We were close to missing our ride because we didn’t know where to park and we cal
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Jorge91glez
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amazing!
took the 6 pm tour, it was amazing! loved the skyline in the sunset, the staff was great and learned a lot about th
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kristenpS2070PD
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Chicago River/lake tour
Dave, our guide/comedian, was fantastic! I loved that we got to see Chicago both from the lake and river, and the h
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O811OHsarab
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Informative
It was so informative and interesting! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. I wish we would have booked the longer
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albertovm6698
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Crucero
Great experience! All the crew was really amazing. The service was great. The departure was on time.
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Climber29176014128
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Wonderful
The staff was wonderful and knowledgeable. Boat was clean, including the restrooms. Whether you are a visitor or a
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Rolandot1500
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The best sunset boat cruise in Chicago!
Covid-19 measures were strictly followed. The guide was brilliant, funny and historically accurate. The crew was re
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M5833WXrandyb
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River and Lake Tour
The river portion of the tour was the best. It’s a different experience getting to see all the buildings from the
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virginiapL7792QI
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Amazing tour
Great tour. Very safe. Brought some normalcy to life. And joy. Allowed at least for couple hours forget all sadne
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The_Indy_Traveler
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Sunset Cruise - Great pick!
Great price for a great time. Good drinks, reasonable priced and beautiful views. I will stick with Wendella
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bdudley77
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Excellent experience!!
My Chicago colleagues advised me to do a architecture tour. I googled tour groups and they had the most offerings a
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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