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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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

Overview

Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
  • Comprehensive architectural tour
  • Live commentary on Chicago's architectural gems
  • Travel by boat along the Lake Michigan shoreline
  • Buy tickets in advance for this must-do Chicago activity
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Departure Point

400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Increased sanitation and hand sanitizer stations
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Boats

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled 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.
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Where do we meet for the Chicago Lake and 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
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Is there parking available for the Chicago Lake and 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
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Is the Chicago Lake and 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 Chicago Lake and 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
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Are there restrooms available on board the Chicago Lake and 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 Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
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Does the Chicago Lake and 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 Chicago Lake and 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 Chicago Lake and 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
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Can I store my luggage during the Chicago Lake and 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
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Beautiful
Talaya_N
, Jun 2021
Loved it the experience and everything the energy was fantastic the announcer had trivia and he was funny !
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Wonderful!!!
Gabriela_R
, Jun 2021
Amazing!!!! Absolutely wonderful! Our tour guide was great. The tour was lovely, I found the waiting for the lock portion to be beautiful and relaxing and sort of exciting!!
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River lake tour
MargaretL_M
, Jun 2021
Guide was amazingly full of knowledge and presented it a way that was funny and enjoyable! Views were amazing
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Enjoying friends and Chicago
Juanita_M
, Jun 2021
Jack was awesome as a guide! Boat was nice and clean, trip was very informative! Will def recommend!
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Had a great time.
Eric_L
, Jun 2021
We sat on the lower level at the front of the ship to stay in the shade. The tour guide was hard to hear due to the speaker arrangement, and the buildings were out of our view by the time she was speaking about them because of our spot. If you you sit on the top deck, I'm sure you'll have a 5 star experience.
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Nice
Cent_S
, Jun 2021
Really really nice, lots of information, great views, took plenty of pictures, I highly recommend , it really shows how beautiful Chicago really is
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Worth the Money, Worth Your Time
Kyle_H
, Jun 2021
We had Laurie guide our tour, it is a fantastic 90 minutes. Laurie was amazing, fun, and we had perfect weather. I learned so much and had a great time. Well worth the money and I highly recommend doing this
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Amazing
Hamdan_G
, Jun 2021
Very organized and the tour guide was so helpful showing us around and providing info about the buildings & lake
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Excellent way to spend an afternoon!
Kristy_A
, Jun 2021
We had a great tour guide! This cruise covers all of the highlights of Chicago architecture and history. Great skyline views from Lake Michigan and the Chicago River!
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Who knew!
Elizabeth_M
, Jun 2021
It was terrific! The tour guide Max was great, I learned a lot! The captain and crew were great too! I would highly recommend!
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