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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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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
To truly appreciate Chicago's famous skyline, admire it from the water on this top-rated Lake Michigan architecture cruise. While most sightseeing boats remain on the Chicago River, this one gives you a panoramic perspective on history-making skyscrapers including Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building, plus modern lakeshore attractions like Millennium Park and the Riverwalk.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    400 N Michigan Ave
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    At the base of the Wrigley Building.
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    Wendella
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Chicago River
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 3
    Lake Michigan
    Stop: 45 minutes
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    Pass by
    Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
    Merchandise Mart
    Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Wrigley Building
    Chicago Riverwalk
    The Lyric Opera House
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
  • You'll end at
    400 N Michigan Ave
    400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    At the base of the Wrigley Building.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Get a new viewpoint of the Chicago skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan
  • Learn about the Windy City’s landmark buildings and architecture with onboard commentary
  • Glide by historic structures and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Enjoy the views from inside a climate-controlled lounge with cash bar or from an outdoor viewing deck
Important Information
Departure Point
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Wendella
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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Increased sanitation
  • 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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dnspriggs wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I have heard so much about the architecture tours being a must do. This particular tour exceeded our expectations and Joe was an incredible tour guide. Not only was he very knowledgeable about the city and its architecture, he’s a great photographer. I would do this again in a
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gertyra wrote a review Oct 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was such a great experience. We were close to missing our ride because we didn’t know where to park and we called they booked us on the next ride right away no hesitation. All Covid restrictions in place. Felt very comfortable. The host (sadly I forgot his name) was
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jorge91glez wrote a review Oct 2020
Istanbul, Turkey4 contributions
took the 6 pm tour, it was amazing! loved the skyline in the sunset, the staff was great and learned a lot about this amazing city
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Kristen P wrote a review Oct 2020
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Dave, our guide/comedian, was fantastic! I loved that we got to see Chicago both from the lake and river, and the history of the city and its architecture was wonderful!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Alberto V wrote a review Oct 2020
Mexico City, Mexico1 contribution
Great experience! All the crew was really amazing. The service was great. The departure was on time.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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About the operator

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By: Wendella
Kendra S
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Soak up the beautiful Chicago skyline
Great way to spend a warm November afternoon! Appropriate COVID safety measures. Fabulous view of the city and very
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967leneas
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Great experience
Tour guide was knowledgeable, the boat was really clean, staff was friendly and the overall experience was nice
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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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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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Will20110429
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A Great Time
I’ve always wanted to do a river architecture cruise, and this one was excellent! The host pointed out lots of deta
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simmo_denver
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Highly recommended!
Just returned home from Chicago where we did the Wendella Architecture tour. It was very well done, and our guide J
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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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iberg5
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Quick easy tour
Great 90 minute tour down the river. Very informative and great views of the diverse architecture in Chicago. Can s
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Jarbye
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Exceeds expectations
Staff was amazing! Exceeded my expectations, great views and all around good time. THEE BEST of all tours .
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Dalfonsoc
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A truly enjoyable and fun learning experieince
Our tour guide was not only knowledgeable about the architecture and architectural designs he easily added humor to
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kdsinggirl
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A great experience
The knowledge of the tour guide and learning the history of our great architectural history. Seeing our beautiful b
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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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Lmjsoos5
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See more of Chicago by boat
I highly recommend this boat tour especially for first time visitors. Due to covid, the boat was in less than half
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