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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Explore all three branches of the Chicago River on a journey through the heart of the city. This riverboat excursion introduces passengers to Chicago’s legendary architecture, narrated by a professionally trained architectural guide. Outdoor and climate-controlled indoor seating is first-come, first-served so it’s best to book ahead. It’s a unique way to see the city.
You'll start at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USADepart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building.
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    Stop: 15 minutes -
    Vessels depart from Wendella's docks at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge), at the foot of the Wrigley Building.
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    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
    Pass by Merchandise Mart
    Pass by Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Pass by Wrigley Building
    Pass by Chicago Riverwalk
    Pass by Lyric Opera of Chicago
You'll end at
400 N Michigan Ave
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USADepart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building.
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  • Chicago River sightseeing cruise with a focus on city architecture
  • Learn about historical landmarks from guided commentary
  • Relaxing way to see the sights: no traffic to navigate
  • Full-service bar with snacks available on board
Important Information
Departure Point
400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • River Sightseeing Cruise
  • Tours are narrated by professional tour guide
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available
  • indoor seating is climate controlled
  • Full bar in vessel cabin accepts cash and card
  • restrooms on board
  • Tours are narrated by professionally trained tour guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 290 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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JulieAmanda wrote a review 02 Apr
Warminster, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic River cruise would highly recommend, the architecture in Chicago is amazing so this is a great way to see everything with an extremely informative guide. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone. We were really lucky to experience before the city shut down, would certainly
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Date of experience: March 2020
Lauren C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Although it was not the most ideal temperature to go on a boat ride, my friends and I were so pleased with the tour that it ended up being the highlight of our trip to Chicago! Our tour guide did a great job teaching us about the history of Chicago while guiding us through the
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Date of experience: March 2020
mvrDanville wrote a review Mar 2020
Danville, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
Must do while in Chicago. Beautiful buildings and very informative tour guide who discusses history of Chicago and the buildings
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TouristNI wrote a review Mar 2020
Ballyclare, United Kingdom8 contributions8 helpful votes
Weather was amazing day we went which helped to make trip so good. View of buildings from River is excellent and the history is really interesting. Highly recommended.
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Dave H wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri13 contributions4 helpful votes
After 20+ years, I finally booked the architecture boat tour in Chicago... and it did not disappoint! My wife and I brought our 5 children (3,4,5,9,11) and they loved it too! Beautiful pictures, incredibly knowledgeable and engaging tour guide, all around A+++++!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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By: Wendella
Great tour
Had a great time on the tour. Very informative and great views. The boat has an inside cabin to warm up in.
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Organised Tour
The whole process was so easy to organise. Booked the architectural tour online. Saved tickets to my phone, got an
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Nice quick taste of Chicago architecture
We enjoyed the 45 minute length and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and proud of his city. Boat was very cle
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Perfect Tour!
I thought that this was a fabulous tour and the 45 minute length was the perfect length - perhaps because it was a
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Architectural tour
Excellent time spent in Chicago. Decided at the last minute to book a tour on the water. Company was very accommoda
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Lovely host and was full of information. Was great to see and learn about all the different building along the rive
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Great tour of Chicago at night
We took this tour with some insecurity about an architecture lecture boring us to sleep. Well, it could not have be
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So fun, so informative and the views are breathtaking! It was freezing cold when we went but as long as your wrappe
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Our tour guide was great. She was very easy to hear and understand. She had a good grasp of her material. The highl
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The tour guide was very good, she was very easy to hear and understand. The ride was enjoyable and informative. It
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Don't sit at the back!
Found our guide very difficult to hear but having got on a fairly busy boat getting to where we could hear her and
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A fantastic and informative cruise which our 3 teenagers actually enjoyed immensely. The lake portion of the tour i
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Ayo R
Tour was great
This tour was so fun and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would absolutely recommend it to my friends a
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Awesome river and lake cruise
A great family activity for all ages. A perfect way to see downtown Chicago. The lake portion adds a great perspe
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An amazing way to see Chicago
My business colleague and I only had half a day to spend in Chicago before travelling on the Californian Zephyr acr
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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