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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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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.
Alcoholic Beverages

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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:
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
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
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
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
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
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:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour.
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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
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
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

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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No one to contact!
Tabitha_S
, Aug 2021
I tried to contact this team multiple times to cancel my trip due to covid and like the website said, should have been able to receive a full refund. Instead, Noone replied and I was charged. I will definitely use a different company when I do arrive in Chicago!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Tabitha. Please contact me directly to settle this issue. cfw@wendellaboats.com
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star-5
Great Views great tour
Mary_W
, Aug 2021
The views were wonderful and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed learning about the architecture as well as the city itself. Thank you Kay!
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Set sail with a fun historic boat tour
MLO
, Aug 2021
Sara the tour guide was very funny, learned a lot of history and kept us quite entertained. The large boat was very nice especially to walk around, take pics and get a drink. My kids loved the tour. Highly recommended
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Great way to learn about the history of Chicago
claudia_r
, Aug 2021
I did not think that I was much interested in architecture but the ride proved fascinating. Our guide was passionate in his love for his city and was an excellent speaker. Wonderful views of diverse buildings on a comfortable boat with bathroom and bar.
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Best tour ever!
Linda_M
, Aug 2021
It was a very Informative trip down theChicago River. Our guide Kenneth was very knowledgeable and informative with many facts about the city and the buildings. I would definitely do this tour again
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star-5
Amazing experience
Aldo_H
, Aug 2021
Interesting and relaxing navigating down the river with the skyscrapers around you it’s is something special
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star-5
Beautiful tour, very knowledgeable guide
Kim_G
, Aug 2021
Excellent guide! Highly recommend . Very easy boarding, pleasant crew, very clean boat. Will definitely book again in the future.
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star-5
Great experience!!
Lorna_K
, Aug 2021
The tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging! My teenage children enjoyed it. I had friends from out town who mentioned how wonderful to learn about the great city of Chicago.
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Great Staff!
David_H
, Aug 2021
One of our party was in a wheelchair. The staff was very helpful and accommodating in getting us on the boat!
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Great experience in the river
Andrea_E
, Aug 2021
The experience was amazing. The guide tour was very professional. We learned a lot about Chicago history and architecture. I recommend it!
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