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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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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400 N Michigan Ave , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Near public transportation
  • Increased sanitation
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time.
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 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
Q:
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
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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
Q:
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 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
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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:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.

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  • "Call ahead if you have mobility issues as there are a lot of stairs to get to the boat." See review
  • "If you planning during the winter, a hat and gloves are on the must do list." See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour to all visitors to Chicago." See review

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star-5
Very enjoyable experience!
Mychelle_M
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was exceptional. She was knowledgeable and friendly. I appreciated the captain's safety speech before departure. Very enjoyable!
star-5
Architecture and history
Victoria_A
, Aug 2022
It was very nice to see the building and to know the stories behind them I highly recommend the activities
star-5
Enjoyable and enlightening.
Ulla_S
, Aug 2022
It was wonderful to take friends visiting from Sweden to see the beautiful city of Chicago on the evening river cruise. The majestic architecture lit up in lights viewed from the river with an engaging, entertaining guide was the highlight of their visit and a new experience for me that I highly recommend.
star-5
A very nice overall...
Ronald_B
, Aug 2022
A very nice overall experience. Giving a basic lay out of the city and the turn of the century to modern day architectural designs .
star-5
Fun in the sun
Tyler_J
, Aug 2022
I went alone. It was great! There is a cvs by the entrance to the tour. I stopped in for sunscreen but others thought to get an umbrella to block the sun. The tour guide was very knowledgeable as well.
star-5
Jack was a wonderful...
Alison_B
, Aug 2022
Jack was a wonderful guide. He was so enjoyable to not only listen to but interact with. Definitely made the trip worthwhile!
star-5
Great guide -- fabulous tour
Denise_A
, Aug 2022
All the history of architecture that we learned. Time to take photos, nice smooth ride, a little crowded, but a really wonderful experience. I am already recommending it to lots of others.
star-1
To many people...
Neilee_V
, Aug 2022
To many people Uncomfortable chair Guide your was really good and knew a lot about the history but not a comfortable ride
star-5
Great Tour!
Stella_S
, Aug 2022
What a wonderful tour. Phyllis was very informative and made our tour that much more enjoyable. You should definitely think about doing this tour if you are visiting Chicago.
star-5
Great way to see Chicago!
Victoria_B
, Aug 2022
Nice to be in the water and see the city from the water. Great opportunities for photos and some history about the city.
star-5
My Fabulous 40th Birthday in Chicago!
Crystal_C
, Aug 2022
I had a Fabulous time on the Chicago river boat tour! I would surely recommend it to my friends and family.
star-5
Chi we enjoyed the boat ride
Christal_N
, Aug 2022
I lost my tickets and they were very accommodating we missed the first boat but they verified we had tickets and printed off 2 new ones
star-3
Not the best of experience
Abdullah_P
, Aug 2022
The tour operator could not validate my ticket purchase via viator. They went back and forth taking pictures of my ticket in Apple Wallet and finally they let us board at the very end. Not something i was hoping for. Ended up getting bad left over seats.
star-5
River views are breathtaking!!!
Kim_B
, Aug 2022
What a great informative tour. I highly recommend. The views from the river are breathtaking. It was nice to sit back and learn the history of the buildings and how things are ever evolving.
star-5
Fun activity to do with...
Hollan_H
, Aug 2022
Fun activity to do with visitors in town. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone that is coming to Chicago.
star-5
Worth it!
Cherese_T
, Aug 2022
Except for the cool temps, the trip was perfect! The tour guide was both light and knowledgeable and he kept us engaged.
star-5
Best views of the city
Claire_F
, Aug 2022
Expert organisation. Very knowledgeable and witty guide Bobby, phenomenal views, plenty of seating and enjoyed every minute. Would highly recommend booking and definitely try and book for around sunset to give you the contrast in views.
star-5
Love ❤️ Chicago
Michelle_M
, Aug 2022
We had a great time. It was chilly but that’s why Chicago is the Windy City. Thank you 😊 for a fun time
star-5
The historical value and...
Deborah_L
, Aug 2022
The historical value and information about the architecture was invaluable! We loved it. Joe was amazing!
star-5
Exceeded my expectations....
Ryan_F
, Aug 2022
Exceeded my expectations. Lives up to the hype! Amazing views of the city. Great commentary along the way

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