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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers 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
Explore all three branches of the Chicago River on a journey through the heart of the city. This riverboat excursion introduces passengers to Chicago’s legendary architecture, narrated by a professionally trained architectural guide. Outdoor and climate-controlled indoor seating is first-come, first-served so it’s best to book ahead. It’s a unique way to see the city.
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You'll start at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USADepart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building.
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    Stop: 15 minutes -
    Vessels depart from Wendella's docks at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge), at the foot of the Wrigley Building.
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    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
    Pass by Merchandise Mart
    Pass by Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Pass by Wrigley Building
    Pass by Chicago Riverwalk
    Pass by Lyric Opera of Chicago
You'll end at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USADepart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building.
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Highlights
  • Chicago River sightseeing cruise with a focus on city architecture
  • Learn about historical landmarks from guided commentary
  • Relaxing way to see the sights: no traffic to navigate
  • Full-service bar with snacks available on board
Important Information
Departure Point
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • Increased sanitation
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 290 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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T. McLendon wrote a review 10 Aug
5 contributions
We did the sunset tour and I think this is the absolute best way to view the city of Chicago. Our tour guide John was thorough, knowledgeable and extremely humorous. My group and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Sjdubya wrote a review 9 Aug
4 contributions
So we LOVED everything about the tour. LOVED. The tour guide was great. The crew was great! However if i could recommend something. Limiting the drinks that people have. My friend and I were accosted by passenger that started yelling at us about social distancing. We were maybe
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Corvalisc wrote a review 5 Aug
San Clemente, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
Really nice, good pauses for us to kind of take in what we've just heard. Captain was professional and kept us from hitting the hard things. I feel for the snack bar because it's downstairs we can't drink down there. Love the mix between the old and the new and tour guide was
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Ms Nita B wrote a review 3 Aug
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One of the beat tours I’ve ever been on. Great experience inspire of Covid 19! Thanks Wendella! You help to make our trip to Chicago awesome!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Elizabeth L wrote a review Jul 2020
Pasadena, Maryland1 contribution
Absolutely wonderful! My husband’s first trip to Chicago. As a world traveler, he said it is one of the best tours he has ever taken. I highly recommend it!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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About the operator

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mmhodges1234
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Great tour! Very knowledgeable
Overall great way to see Chicago, highly recommend! Jack, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the arc
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kathleenfG527AM
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Excellent!
As a group of 4, I was very hesitant to go, but this experience was excellent! Guide was very knowledgeable and wea
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stevenpH5780KM
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Best Value For The Price
Great tour of both the architecture by river and the Chicago Skyline by Lake Michigan. The guide was very informati
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gil123
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Excruciatingly Delayed
Started out well. Cruising up and down the main branch of the river was pleasant but things went downhill from the
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European-explorer2
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Excellent, worth every penny and more.
Excellent tour from start to finish. The tour guide Andrew was extremely knowledgeable but funny so kept it very in
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Katherine F
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Best Paid Attraction in Chicago
Wonderful tour! Very informative, great views of the city. Going out on the lake is one of the best ways to view th
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O6914FVanar
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Sunset cruise
We did the sunset cruise-90 minutes. It was really great! My family and I had such a great time. Just wish they wer
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billhH4240BJ
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Wendella river and architectural river tour
Extremely informative, interesting and some good comical antidotes mixed in. Very relaxing. Easy to board and disem
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522cassiej
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Barely any tour of the river at all
So apparently you pay for the river and lake tour but depending on time you may not get the entire tour. They make
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93graham
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Amazingly fun and romantic
Took my fiance on the 8:30 PM tour. The vessel was extremely clean, the tour guide was knowledgeable, and funny. I
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409amelier
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Great tour
Had a great time on the tour. Very informative and great views. The boat has an inside cabin to warm up in.
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G486QNannam
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Organised Tour
The whole process was so easy to organise. Booked the architectural tour online. Saved tickets to my phone, got an
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njcoffeedrinker
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Nice quick taste of Chicago architecture
We enjoyed the 45 minute length and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and proud of his city. Boat was very cle
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KJoyful68
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Perfect Tour!
I thought that this was a fabulous tour and the 45 minute length was the perfect length - perhaps because it was a
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saj679
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Architectural tour
Excellent time spent in Chicago. Decided at the last minute to book a tour on the water. Company was very accommoda
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