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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
  • 45-minute architecture cruise on the Chicago River
  • Get another perspective on Chicago's heritage buildings
  • Shorter tour is ideal for families and people with limited time
  • Snacks, drinks, and souvenirs available for purchase on board
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Departure Point

400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

The vessel departs and returns 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • 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. 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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile 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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
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Does the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile 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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
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 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
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 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
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 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
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 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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  • "I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Chicago for the first time." See review
  • "We had a terrific adventure on the 45 minute river tour, just perfect for my granddaughters, 5 and 7 yrs." See review

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Will try again today
Nathaniel_R
, Sep 2021
Didn’t get to go so much traffic in the area I had to cancel so that I didn’t waste my money wanted to still get the experience
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star-5
Wow
Angela_B
, Sep 2021
Did the night time tour. It was stunning. Cool history on the buildings too. 1/2 way through you get the most beautiful and breathtaking view of the skyline all lit up In the night.
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Night life boat ride
Eric_H
, Sep 2021
Arrived early. The tour guide was great. The boarding of the boat was quick and easy. Each description of the builds and the lights were a great site to see. Definitely worth the money spent .
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Nice, but...
Toya_T
, Sep 2021
The ride itself was beautiful but the boat was a half hr late. After having to be at the doc early, it was very frustrating standing there for an hour with no explanation as to what was going on.
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star-5
Educational and Gorgeous
Hillary
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide was so charismatic and funny! Even though the microphone had issues toward the end of the tour, he made sure to project so that everybody could hear him and still have a good time.
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So glad I did this!
Maddie
, Sep 2021
Had such a great experience on this Wendella tour! I’ve been to Chicago many times and have never taken the architecture tour, I learned so much about the buildings and the history of the city, I only wish it went longer than 45 mins! Kay was a great guide, super informative and funny, too. Looking forward to coming back and taking the longer one as well!
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star-5
Fun trip
Leslie_D
, Sep 2021
Working with our time and very informative trip. A lot of fun and very safe. Relaxing and affordable
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star-5
You have to take this cruise at night!
Michelle_P
, Sep 2021
Excellent river cruise. The evening cruise was by far the best way to see the city.The 45 minute time frame was just enough for my 2 teenagers. They paid close attention and stepped off the boat saying how much they enjoyed it. Our guide Jack was an excellent source of information and personable. Hats off to Jack and thank you Jack for your service (Vietnam Vet)!
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Boarded almost at the arrival time
Pragati_S
, Sep 2021
Learning facts about the architecture. The boat was 35 minutes late for a 45 minute tour. Felt like forever for a 10p booking.
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star-5
Excellent Tour!
Kristin_S
, Sep 2021
Excellent! We did the evening tour & had great weather. Enjoyed learning about the Architectural designs. Feeling proud to be from the amazing city=D
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