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Chicago Sunset Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Drink in a one-of-a-kind perspective on the Windy City when you go for an evening cruise, perfectly timed to coincide with the sunset. Hop aboard your open-top vessel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, and cruise along the Chicago River, where your guide will point out architectural highlights. Then, see the skyline from a distance, and watch the skyscrapers light up, when you continue to Lake Michigan for a sunset viewing.
  • Admire a perspective of Chicago that most visitors miss on this boat tour
  • Explore after dark to see the city's glittering lights come on
  • Spy the Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Hancock Building, and more
  • Learn all about Chicago architecture from the live narration
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400 N Michigan Ave , 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

The vessel departs and returns 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • 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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise 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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr. 2021
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Does the Chicago Sunset Cruise 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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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
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Can I store my luggage during the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.

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  • "They played great music making it romantic if you're there as a couple." See review

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star-2
Terrible advertising
Kaylee_B
, Jun. 2022
I made reservations for the sunset cruise so my boyfriend and I could have a romantic boat ride. I paid a fair price, thinking that this would be smaller in size and spaced out evenly from people. However, we came to the port of entry and discovered that tickets were being sold the last minute to traveling tourists. We thought that this was reservation only and so people that paid last minute were able to get better seats than us on top of the boat. By the time we boarded, the only seats available were the seats below the deck. We thankfully sat next to friendly people, however this was not the experience I paid for. Not to mention that as the boat ride progressed, people who got good seats on the upper deck came to the lower deck and blocked our vision. There were some people who would even take seats on the lower deck if they were open. I will admit that we did get decent photos however I was super irritated that this was supposed to be a romantic, calm, quiet boat ride in terms of seating and spacing. But the fact that they were selling tickets last minute to tourist who were walking the streets place that above us who made reservations months in advance. Do not recommend, spend your money on a better boat.
star-5
Beautiful skyline views.
Chad_B
, Jun. 2022
Beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. There was a few architectural stories told on the way to the lake, after that it was all about the views.
star-5
Great trip! Would do again!
Rebecca_M
, Jun. 2022
Had a great guide (Bobby) on the trip. Due to delays to get to the channel, he added in an architectural tour. That was the best part. Everything was great but enjoyed learning about the buildings in Chicago.
star-5
Don't be foolish, take the CRUISE!
Deidre_E
, Jun. 2022
From start to finish nothing but good vibes, good people, good views, and good drinks. The host was so alive and vibrant! She made the cruise so much more enjoyable besides from the views which were beautiful along with the weather. I will MOST DEFINITELY recommend this cruise to ANYONE! Thanks Chicago Sunset Cruise and Staff!
star-4
Nice and relaxing.
Lisa_L
, Jun. 2022
Cruise was nice but the drinks were watered down and lil weak. And cudnt always see the sites they were talking about pending upon wht side of the ship u were on but otherwise nice tour.
star-5
It was a beautiful...
Nahomi_C
, Jun. 2022
It was a beautiful experience. I would recommend it. It lets you experience Chicago from a different view. The sunset was perfect and so was the weather.
star-5
LOVELY Evening :)
Mariana_L
, Jun. 2022
GREAT TRIP and would highly recommend to others! What a wonderful way to see and learn a little more about Chicago :) Our guide Bobby was amazing as well!
star-5
Very nice experience
Marchello_R
, Jun. 2022
The cruise was nice. The little architecture history lesson was nice. Very nice atmosphere. Even though it was with other people it was peaceful with wonderful views.
star-3
Good views, dress for cold and windy weather , takes up to 2 hours including wait times
Pritika_D
, Jun. 2022
The boat departed promptly at 7:30pm, however to actually enter Lake Michigan there is an additional wait time of up to 30 minutes, which is not ideal. Once you are out on the lake , the views are great. Recommended wearing warm clothes or bringing a jacket because it does get windy and chilly. On the way back as well, there is an additional wait time of up to 30-40 minutes before you can exit the lake and re-enter the dock area. Music on the boat could have been better as well.
star-5
Worth the experience
Betty_W
, Jun. 2022
Beautiful experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He encouraged questions. We were even able to catch the Navy Pier fireworks.
star-5
Beautiful Sunset Views
Genelle_W
, Jun. 2022
Great tour!! Definitely recommend to everyone. Tour guide is knowledgeable and very entertaining. Sunset views are amazing on the lake and the lights on the Riverwalk are beautiful as you return back to the base.
star-5
Best cruise on the river
Christin_B
, Jun. 2022
Amazing view worth it for sure! We loved this cruise so much!! My pictures wouldn’t upload but trust me, do this!
star-4
Sunset Architecture Voyage
Robert_D
, Jun. 2022
My 16 year old daughter and I went on the sunset cruise and learned a lot about Chicago Skyline architecture- a very enjoyable peaceful several hours on the river and lake.
star-5
Excellent tour
Lisa_S
, Jun. 2022
The views were incredible. The tour guide really made the experience. She was very knowledgeable and funny. So nice. She made the trip
star-4
food was excellent
Jeanna_D
, Jun. 2022
they honored our reservation after being late unexpectedly and we enjoyed an excellent meal. the vibe was vibrant and exciting
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star-5
Great views even better memories
sarge_b
, Jun. 2022
Show up early. Boat ride was smooth. Tour was great. Alcohol on board the views were spectacular romantic
star-5
Beautiful view first time...
Veronica_M
, Jun. 2022
Beautiful view first time in Chicago I loved the cruise. Will be coming back soon. Thanks for the experience
star-4
We joined the sunset...
WaiMing_I
, Jun. 2022
We joined the sunset cruise, it was very nice, the fireworks were unexpected. Bob did a fantastic job.
star-5
Lovely tour of the city scape
Carissa_T
, Jun. 2022
Great staff and fun guide. I've taken several tours of the architecture on the river and this was enjoyable, but we only saw and talked about 1/3 of the buildings I was expecting due to the sunset cruise schedule. We spent half the time out on lake Michigan, which was beautiful! But I was a tiny bit disappointed we didn't go farther into Chicago then the Wrigley building where we loaded up. Overall a great cruise if you are after night views of the Wrigley area and the city scape from the lake, navy pier and millennium park were beautiful from the water and we really enjoyed the sunset.
star-5
The cruise
Cee_D
, Jun. 2022
The Cruise is nice! The tour guide guy is very informational and informative! He was professional and had a sense of humor! From the start to finish of this experience was great!

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