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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.
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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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Increased sanitation
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • 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.
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
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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
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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 face masks and attendee health during 90-Minute Chicago 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 90-Minute Chicago 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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 90-Minute Chicago 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 90-Minute Chicago 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 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Wonderful tour, highly...
Lisa_W
, Sep 2021
Wonderful tour, highly recommend! Great tour guide! A must do in Chicago. Great company and easy access.
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The tour was amazing! We...
Alexis_H
, Sep 2021
The tour was amazing! We went at night and enjoyed the history of Chicago architecture. I definitely recommend this tour. 😀
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Architectural river boat tour in Chicago
Rody_D
, Sep 2021
The guide was the best. Personable and educated and enthusiastic! The warm and sunny weather added to this wonderful experience.
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A great time!
Kelly_Z
, Sep 2021
The guides were amazing and everyone was very friendly and helpful. We were on the 6:30 tour which turned out perfect because we got to see part if the tour at night with all the building lit up.
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Best Sunset Tour
Ricardo_W
, Sep 2021
Had a great tour. The tour guide was entertaining and informative. Quick history lesson without a test at the end!
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You have to try it
Emilija_J
, Sep 2021
Loved the staff. Loved to way the story’s were told and the views were amazing. I suggest to go in the evening or just after 4pm, sun is not so hot.
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Tour guide was very...
Margaret_S
, Sep 2021
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and clear. All staff were friendly and polite. We enjoyed the tour a great way to see Chicago!
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Awesome
Junior_B
, Sep 2021
Very enjoyable Tour. Kids loved the boat ride. Really good tour guide. Will defenetly come back. Highly recommend the 630 tour.
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Learning the history of...
Michael_J
, Sep 2021
Learning the history of the architecture was the best part as there were several buildings that I did not know about.
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What a Great Tour!
AmyMichielle_F
, Sep 2021
The history of the city was great. Our crew was fantastic. The ride was smooth and it was beautiful afternoon and we all learned a lot and the info was presented in very digestible bites. And a perfect way to entertain my senior aunties.
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