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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Boats
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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 sanitization during 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
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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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour even in the frigid temps
Trisha_D
, Jan 2022
The history and information from the guide was great. He was open to people asking questions as well, which I appreciated. It was a frigid January day, but still enjoyable. I’ll come back in the summer :)
star-5
Loved it! Went in...
Lisa_O
, Jan 2022
Loved it! Went in January and sat outside so it had to be good if I was willing to do that. The guide was fantastic!
star-5
Fabulous, beautiful, interesting, entertaining!
Laurie_C
, Jan 2022
Our guide made our trip. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. A walking encyclopedia with a fabulous personality!!!
star-4
Doesn't live up to the hype
Anirudh_C
, Jan 2022
I have done both Shorline and Wendella, I found Shorline to be more to the point and insightful. Our Wendella tour guide missed important architecture details about multiple buildings, for instance the CME building
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
I'd love to know the date and time of your tour. I know of no tour guide here that doesn't talk about the CME Building. What other important architecture details did they "miss?"
star-5
The tour guide was...
Ivonne_N
, Dec 2021
The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was on time and very well organized.
star-5
Winter ice city river tour !!!
elizabeth_r
, Dec 2021
What a great tour!!!!!! It was a cold afternoon but our guide was fantastic and gave us so much information in 90 minutes, it was impressive. And he was entertaining, bright, witty, and seemed to love his job. Riding on top is the only way to go. Would do it again and HIGHLY recommend!!!!!!
star-5
fun times
Urrooj_R
, Dec 2021
It was great my little ones loved it. They served snacks on the boat which kept them happy until lunch. i’m glad that i was able to charge my phone too and then able to take more pictures.
star-5
Wonderful experience for our family!
Kelly_W
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide was phenomenal ~ interesting, educated, funny, intelligent, engaging, knowledgeable, and a great speaker. We enjoyed our tour from beginning to end!
star-5
Great trip! Highly recommend!
jane_r
, Dec 2021
Loved the views so inclusive of all sides of the river,in cluding going as far as beautiful Chinatown spots. Our guide, Jack, was enthusiastic and informative.
star-5
Fun day trip
Davina_R
, Dec 2021
Really informative tour through the Chicago river. Fun anecdotes and terrible dad jokes included :) Would recommend this to anyone getting to know the city

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