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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
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

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
  • 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:
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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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
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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.
Q:
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.

See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
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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
Q:
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
Q:
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?
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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
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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
Q:
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
Q:
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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  • "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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Beautiful skyline at night
Sue_S
, Aug 2021
We really enjoyed our tour. We did a 9:15pm tour because the daytimes were taken but we were so surprised at how beautiful the skyline was at night with all of the lights! Our tour guide was super informative!
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star-3
Beautiful but bad audio
Michelle_M
, Jul 2021
Tour was beautiful but the sound quality of the audio was terrible. We could barely hear the tour Guide which was disappointing.
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Sound system
Tracy_T
, Jul 2021
Would have been wonderful but we couldn’t understand what Melissa was saying. We think it was the sound system. We were disappointed that we couldn’t learn all of the architectural history.
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star-3
Gorgeous night with a friendly tour guide.
Lisa_D
, Jul 2021
I couldn’t hear the tour guide at times because people were screaming because of a spider on the boat near the benches on the side. I loved the tour otherwise but it would have been better if literal screams were not happening for 15 minutes. Not the tour guides fault at all but maybe it would help to clean the boat to prevent this happening in the future. Very crowded.
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Amaze
Nicole_D
, Jul 2021
The captain (gentleman with long dark hair) super kind, so professional, accommodating to my husband who is disabled just an amazing team!!!
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Sister Trip ‘21
Angela
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He was a patient as well. Smooth sailing. Will definitely do it again!
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star-5
Beautiful Way To See The City
Emily_W
, Jul 2021
Beautiful way to see the city for us for the very first time. We learned a lot about architecture and history with a really great tour guide. Definitely do this one at night to see it all lit up and enjoy the art on the MART.
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star-5
Good experience overall
RajPullat
, Jul 2021
We had a good experience on this 45-minute River architecture tour in July 2021. The tour guide was entertaining, informative and friendly. Would recommend this to others especially families with kids as the 45-minute duration is easier to handle for younger (less than 3 years) kids.
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star-5
My wife and I have military ID and was not given.
Alberto_Hernandez
, Jul 2021
Assistance with parking and not giving Military discount for my wife and I.great info.good people friendly environment.
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First time
PalmSpringsCali
, Jul 2021
Great experience kids loved it. The view was absolutely beautiful and it was Bobby's the tour guys birthday. We experienced a beautiful weather for a beautiful seeing
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