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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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Overview
To truly appreciate Chicago's famous skyline, admire it from the water on this top-rated Lake Michigan architecture cruise. While most sightseeing boats remain on the Chicago River, this one gives you a panoramic perspective on history-making skyscrapers including Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building, plus modern lakeshore attractions like Millennium Park and the Riverwalk.
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You'll start at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USAAt the base of the Wrigley Building.
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    Wendella
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Chicago River
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    Lake Michigan
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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    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 The Lyric Opera House
    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
You'll end at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USAAt the base of the Wrigley Building.
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Highlights
  • Get a new viewpoint of the Chicago skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan
  • Learn about the Windy City’s landmark buildings and architecture with onboard commentary
  • Glide by historic structures and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Enjoy the views from inside a climate-controlled lounge with cash bar or from an outdoor viewing deck
Important Information
Departure Point
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Wendella
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • 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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Cassie J wrote a review 5 Jul
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So apparently you pay for the river and lake tour but depending on time you may not get the entire tour. They make no apologies for this at all either. They consider your ride out to the lake the river tour but according to the tour made the tour goes all the way to the sears
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Graham wrote a review Jun 2020
Valparaiso, Indiana1 contribution
Took my fiance on the 8:30 PM tour. The vessel was extremely clean, the tour guide was knowledgeable, and funny. I would 100% recommend this time slot for a fun and romantic date. The sites of the skyline at night are priceless. GIVE THIS COMPANY YOUR BUSINESS! You won't regret
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Amelie R wrote a review Mar 2020
Augsburg, Germany4 contributions
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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Ken D wrote a review Feb 2020
Beavercreek, Ohio113 contributions7 helpful votes
We took this tour with some insecurity about an architecture lecture boring us to sleep. Well, it could not have been further from the truth. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Chicago and it's building history. She absolutely made it fun to learn about the progression of
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Date of experience: June 2019
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gemmap81 wrote a review Jan 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom118 contributions37 helpful votes
So fun, so informative and the views are breathtaking! It was freezing cold when we went but as long as your wrapped up you’ll be gone. You can always go downstairs on the boat to get warm if necessary. This is an absolute must whilst in Chicago.
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By: Wendella
carolynb935
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Architecture cruise
Charismatic tour guide! You will learn about Chicago even if you’re not interested in architecture. Well worth it.
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MereSun84
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Family of 4 enjoyed
The Chicago River is beautiful and an excellent way to see the city! The staff was great and everything was clean.
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Nomad708369
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Horrible
It was storming out , so we asked to cancel. The lady my husband talked to said she would email us a gift card with
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shannonr605
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Amazing excursion!
Highly recommend taking the time to see this view of the city. Guide was informed and entertaining. Well done!
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leeladee1
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Informative cruise for a low price!
Sarah was our guide and she was very knowledgable about the history of Chicago and all the different types of archi
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dawnmU3061MV
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Venice like American Experience
If you're pregnant, and can't move much around while visiting the city. This architectural tour will be the best bl
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Christine M
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Great experience!
This was a unique, thrilling trip on the Chicago river with a view of all the stunning and historical buildings tha
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JulieAmanda
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Fantastic river cruise
Fantastic River cruise would highly recommend, the architecture in Chicago is amazing so this is a great way to see
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laurcev
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Great way to learn about Chicago!
Although it was not the most ideal temperature to go on a boat ride, my friends and I were so pleased with the tour
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mvrDanville
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Architectural boat tour
Must do while in Chicago. Beautiful buildings and very informative tour guide who discusses history of Chicago an
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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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TouristNI
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Architectural River Cruise
Weather was amazing day we went which helped to make trip so good. View of buildings from River is excellent and th
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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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22daveh
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INCREDIBLE TOUR! Must do!
After 20+ years, I finally booked the architecture boat tour in Chicago... and it did not disappoint! My wife and
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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