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Chicago Sunset Cruise
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Drink in a one-of-a-kind perspective on the Windy City when you go for an evening cruise, perfectly timed to coincide with the sunset. Hop aboard your open-top vessel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, and cruise along the Chicago River, where your guide will point out architectural highlights. Then, see the skyline from a distance, and watch the skyscrapers light up, when you continue to Lake Michigan for a sunset viewing.
  • Admire a perspective of Chicago that most visitors miss on this boat tour
  • Explore after dark to see the city's glittering lights come on
  • Spy the Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Hancock Building, and more
  • Learn all about Chicago architecture from the live narration
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400 N Michigan Ave , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please 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 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Tours & Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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
Q:
Is there parking available for the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise 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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
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Does the Chicago Sunset Cruise 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
Q:
Is the boat climate controlled during the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 Chicago Sunset Cruise?
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 sanitization during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.

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  • "They played great music making it romantic if you're there as a couple." See review

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star-5
Flint Northern C/O 82
Marzella_W
, Aug 2022
Enjoyed it. I and my classmates enjoyed the cruise. My sister and husband that live in Chicago came along.
star-5
Great!
Jill_D
, Aug 2022
The guide was AMAZING and funny! He made the trip so much fun!! It was def worth the price. Would def recommend.
star-5
My wife and I had a great...
John_S
, Aug 2022
My wife and I had a great time! It was third time doing the sunset Cruise and will recommend it to anyone
star-5
Lovely!
Michelle_A
, Aug 2022
The sunset cruise was lovely! I mistakenly thought it was an architecture tour, which it is not. There was a guide who gave some facts at the beginning and end while in the river, but it wasn't a full architecture tour. Regardless it was a really cool way to see the city and the skyline from the lake.
star-5
Beautiful & Serene
Nicki_A
, Aug 2022
The information shared by the tour guide was great! The sunset cruise was perfect way to see the city both at sunset and after.
star-5
Excellent experience,...
Zaakirah_B
, Aug 2022
Excellent experience, beautiful views, and there were some good songs playing! I enjoyed the guides’ humor.
star-5
Crew
Kimberly_E
, Aug 2022
Knowledge of the host was wonderful. Very informative. Not sure why I have to provide a 100 word minimum
star-5
Family adventures
Katherine_R
, Aug 2022
This was an awesome experience for my family. The view was amazing. The structure of the buildings was awesome to see first hand. Will do it again soon.
star-5
Awesome river/lake tour!
Debra_T
, Aug 2022
Being able to see the skyline in both daytime and nighttime light, cruising through the locks and into the lake, and learning about some of the beautiful buildings along the river.
star-5
City history
Joseph_G
, Aug 2022
History of the city, up close view of the buildings. Very knowledgeable tour guide and friendly staff.
star-5
Spectacular Views
Carrie_L
, Aug 2022
Loved the brief architectural tour on the river. The views from out in the lake were spectacular. A beautiful perspective on the city you don't normally get. Highly recommend! ..
star-5
Cruising along the...
Sherill_M
, Aug 2022
Cruising along the lakefront and taking in the beautiful Chicago skyline at night was a great experience .
star-5
Nice way to wind down and...
randra_r
, Aug 2022
Nice way to wind down and really take in the views of the city. Not an architectural tour but very informative
star-5
Beautiful scenic tour
lisagallo63
, Aug 2022
Beautiful scenic tour with good information plus there were refreshments to purchase on board. Plenty of room as well
star-5
I loved seeing the full...
Bethany_N
, Aug 2022
I loved seeing the full view of the city! Got very beautiful pictures. Had a nice drink. Loved hearing the history lesson from the tour guide
star-5
Beautiful Cruise
Roberta_B
, Aug 2022
Took a birthday cruise and everyone in our party loved it!! Our host was enthusiastic and taught us a lot about Chicago history. We will definitely do another cruise when we visit again!!
star-4
Beautiful
Elissa_R
, Aug 2022
The ride into Lake Michigan was great! The view of the skyline as the sun set was worth every penny.
star-3
Evening cruise was a good...
a_k
, Aug 2022
Evening cruise was a good choice, too much time spent at locks, not enough narration about city architecture. Wait, this was an ARCHITECTURAL tour, wasn’t it?
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
It appears you took our Chicago At Sunset Cruise. This is not considered one our architecture tours, and is advertised as only having a light narration. This cruise heads right out to the lake, the narration is generally only highlights and music is played on board. While an absolutely wonderful way to view the city at night, there are tours specifically designed to highlight Chicago's world-class architecture,
star-5
The views of the skyline...
Kevin_F
, Aug 2022
The views of the skyline were breath taking. Definitely worth doing as a date. The skyline at night really provides a romantic feel.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Chicago skyline
Rick_W
, Aug 2022
It was a relaxing time that provided a scenic view of the awesome Chicago skyline. Refreshing breeze from Lake Michigan added to the experience.

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