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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • 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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
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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
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
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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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star-5
A must-do in Chicago.
Kim_W
, Jun 2021
Great tour from a vantage point that I’ve never seen Chicago from before. One of my favorite things I have ever done in Chicago!
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Awesome Wowness
Carla_H
, Jun 2021
Enjoying the awesome structures in the night lights. In perfect weather. Nice cool breeze for summer.
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spectacular
Tourist
, Jun 2021
the boat tour was absolutely beautiful. it is absolutely worth it. you get an inside scoop on a ton of the buildings on the river with a little history behind them. you also get to see the skyline from navy pier, which was spectacular. we went at night, which i personally think was a great choice
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star-4
Nice tour especially at night
Lindsey_T
, May 2021
The hot chocolate that was served was cheap, grocery store cheap stuff. Get better hot chocolate if your going to charge a lot. Doesn’t take much to improve on that.
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star-4
great experience
Eden_C
, May 2021
Great tour! The seats were comfortable enough and it started right on time. The tour guide was funny enough and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the buildings and got some beautiful views of the city. I know things like this are so stereotypically touristy, but it was truly a lovely experience that one should not skip out on! Everyone was wearing masks, but it did feel slightly crowded on board.
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Simply Awesome!
Hazel_G
, May 2021
Learning the history and being there with my children and grandkids. Folks on other boats would wave at my grandsons and they loved it. And the guide was amazing!!
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Awesome Day
Luz_M
, May 2021
It was my first time I had an awesome time with my daughter yesterday it was beautiful beautiful and I really enjoy the Boat 🚣‍♀️ Ride truly amazing the Crew were amazing and we’re definitely going back soon hopefully next week Thank You Guys for a magnificent trip 👍👍👍👍👍
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Chicago 45-minute Architectural Boat Tour
Sonia_H
, May 2021
Great cruise along the Chicago River. Very informative! Tour guide gave interesting history of the older buildings and shared stories of the newer ones and those under construction.
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Great tour!
Jennifer_D
, May 2021
The boat tour was amazing. I will definitely be recommending it to any family or friends who visit Chicago. The guide was so great with his descriptions of the buildings and his knowledge of everything.
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Not happy
Elizabeth_C
, May 2021
I try to change my day we got loss try to get place they said no I’m from Texas visiting Chicago they don’t want to help they charge me for something I never used don’t thing was nice to do it I loose my money
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hello Elizabeth. This is a bit surprising because we always allow guests to change their date and/or time if the tour missed. Not sure what happened in your case and would love to talk to you about. If possible, can you call our office?
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