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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s top attractions
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of local architecture
  • See the sights of Chicago without getting worn out
  • Take the tour when it’s convenient for you
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Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide.
Alcoholic Beverages
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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Tours & Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where do we meet for the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A: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.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Is there parking available for the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A: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.)
Apr. 2021
Q:
Is the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour handicap accessible?
A: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.
Apr. 2021
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Can I bring my service animal with me on the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A: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.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available on board the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:Yes. Restrooms are located on the lower deck of each vessel; changing tables are also available in each restroom.
Apr. 2021
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How early should I arrive for the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr. 2021
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Does the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour operate in bad weather?
A:Our cruises depart rain or shine. Our vessels include sheltered areas and climate-controlled lounges. Ponchos are available for purchase onboard. However, in cases of severe weather where the cruise must be canceled, all guests will be refunded.
Apr. 2021
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Is the boat climate controlled during the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:Most of our vessels feature an enclosed climate-controlled lounge on the lower deck with speakers to hear the tour guide’s narration. If you have a concern about whether your vessel has an interior lounge, please call the phone number on your ticket.
Apr. 2021
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Is food/drink available during the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:A full-service bar is available onboard. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an assortment of snacks, are available for purchase. Bar sales are credit cards only. No cash purchases.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Can I store my luggage during the 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it is subject to inspection.
Apr. 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.

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  • "Call ahead if you have mobility issues as there are a lot of stairs to get to the boat." See review
  • "If you planning during the winter, a hat and gloves are on the must do list." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour to all visitors to Chicago." See review

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star-5
Amazingly informative tour
Clark_B
, Jun. 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic and he was full of knowledge about….well everything. We were in town to show my fourteen year old nephew the city and this was the part he raved about. If you know any fourteen year olds you know how impressive this is!! I would take this tour every time I have a guest in town. Thanks for the memories!!!!
star-5
Outstanding tour!
Harley_L
, Jun. 2022
Different types of structures and the attention given to details by the staff!! Great boats good organization.
star-5
Amazing experience. Super...
Kelli_E
, Jun. 2022
Amazing experience. Super informative. Tour guide was awesome! Will definitely do again. I learned So much and I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life. It was very pleasant weather.
star-5
Amazing experience
Matthew_C
, Jun. 2022
I loved how the guide brought his own story to the tour. The experience was enhanced by his knowledge and personal spin on the subject manner.
star-4
My kind of town Chicago
JOYCE_F
, Jun. 2022
Chicago Architectural buildings are so amazing, Chicago has a superb skyline day and night. I will surely recommend this to all my friends and relatives who will visit Chicago next time. This boat cruise is one of the best tourist attractions.
star-5
Awesome sauce
Elijah_N
, Jun. 2022
Man it was mad awesome, the views were definitely nice. Even though it was really hot me and my friend enjoyed ourselves
star-5
Must tour when in Chicago
Rashida_K
, Jun. 2022
Joe was the best host I have ever had the experience of travelling with. Very knowledgeable and clearly loves his dear Chicago. This tour is informative and awe inspiring. Must recommend for everyone
star-5
Awesome boat ride!
Michelle_H
, Jun. 2022
Just a magnificent ride… the history of the buildings and the city was awesome… Will definitely recommend
star-5
Worth it!
Catharine_D
, Jun. 2022
Learning the history was wonderful. Seeing all parts of the Chicago River really gave a good overview of the city.
star-5
Don’t miss it!
Maria_P
, Jun. 2022
Guide was excellent! Loved her story telling and recounting of history behind each building. Good views.
star-5
Really enjoyed the...
Steven_C
, Jun. 2022
Really enjoyed the learning experience and beautiful views of the city. Chairs were a bit uncomfortable but manageable for the 90 min. Would do this again!
star-5
A must see
TonyeDenise_L
, Jun. 2022
It was amazing! I learned a lot of history and about the architecture of the buildings and builders. I definitely recommend! Joe our host was so knowledgeable and friendly!
star-4
Very relaxing
Karmen_H
, Jun. 2022
The views of the building was interesting the water they sell was five dollars to high didn't care for the tour guy talking about the buildings was a little boring i could have just enjoyed the view it was very relaxing we found good seats on the bench didn't like with this virus out here everyone sitting to close😰
star-5
Tour guid John was amazing
Galina_P
, Jun. 2022
We live in Chicago area, learned so much new things about the city. This tour is mandatory for visitors
star-5
Amazing tour guide!
tiffy_t
, Jun. 2022
Joe was an excellent tour guide! Super knowledgeable, passionate, and engaging. We had a fantastic time listening to all the great stories and enjoying the beautiful weather!
star-5
The history and knowledge...
Shane_H
, Jun. 2022
The history and knowledge out tour guide gave. Our guide was absolutely hilarious and made the tour a 12 out of 10. Best guide we've had for sure.
star-3
Unfortunately, there was...
Timothy_T
, Jun. 2022
Unfortunately, there was a group of 8+ men singing loudly throughout 90% of the tour at the front of the boat. It made it difficult to hear the tour guide and the experience was greatly diminished.
star-5
Great boat tour
Umme_H
, Jun. 2022
Joe was the best tour guide narrating the history of Chicago architecture. 90 minutes went by so quickly.
star-5
Guide was very...
Lillian_H
, Jun. 2022
Guide was very informative! Excellent tour and definitely worth taking it.. you see buildings that you wouldn’t see just walking. Awesome town
star-5
Great tour. Fun facts and jokes.
Melissa_S
, Jun. 2022
Very entertaining! I enjoyed the jokes and interesting architectural details. I highly recommend this tour.

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