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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour provided by Wendella

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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
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To truly appreciate Chicago's famous skyline, admire it from the water on this top-rated Lake Michigan architecture cruise. While most sightseeing boats remain on the Chicago River, this one gives you a panoramic perspective on history-making skyscrapers including Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building, plus modern lakeshore attractions like Millennium Park and the Riverwalk.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Highlights
  • Get a new viewpoint of the Chicago skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan
  • Learn about the Windy City’s landmark buildings and architecture with onboard commentary
  • Glide by historic structures and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Enjoy the views from inside a climate-controlled lounge with cash bar or from an outdoor viewing deck
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get a new viewpoint of the Chicago skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan
  • Learn about the Windy City’s landmark buildings and architecture with onboard commentary
  • Glide by historic structures and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
  • Enjoy the views from inside a climate-controlled lounge with cash bar or from an outdoor viewing deck
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 76126P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Wendella
Exclusions
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board.
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Increased sanitation and hand sanitizer stations
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • 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 300 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Wendella
Exclusions
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board.
Departure details
  • 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.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Increased sanitation and hand sanitizer stations
  • Arrive 15-30 Minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • 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 300 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Wendella
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Chicago River
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Lake Michigan
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
    Merchandise Mart
    Marina City
    Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Wrigley Building
    Chicago Riverwalk
    The Lyric Opera House
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Debby C
2 contributions
Highly recommended
Oct 2021 • Couples
We fot to go through the lock on Lake Michigan, and learned facts about the building, history, and architectural styles around us. Kenneth, the tour guide, was entertaining and funny.
Written 12 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Megan K
Chicago, IL11 contributions
Locals Love It Too
May 2021
I have lived in Chicago for 12 years, and while I love visitors, I usually loathe what they want to drag me to do downtown. I'd much rather show them a new neighborhood, which is nearly always more interesting and less expensive than anything downtown.

The architectural boat tour is the exception. It sounds boring, and I often have to say something like, "I know it sounds nerdy, and I need you to trust me on this."

The lake & river tour usually starts by going south on the river, with gorgeous views and fun explanations of the wild architectural innovations that occurred in Chicago's history, resulting in a gorgeous downtown full of unique structures. It's so relaxing.

Plus, there's a bar.

Then, out on the lake, the wind whips (usually pleasantly), and you get the full view of the skyline, a view you can't get from anywhere but well out in the lake. There are a few tidbits the guide shares out there, but it's mostly just a comfortable cruise with incredible views.

I highly recommend checking the weather and avoiding the tour just before sunset, as from the lake, the buildings will mostly be in silhouette, dimming the many colors of the skyline.

For locals and tourists, I highly recommend spending an hour and a half loving on the city with one of these tours!
Written 9 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teresa H
2 contributions
Amazing and relaxing
Oct 2021 • Solo
It was absolutely amazing. The whole crew did a great job. It was so relaxing and informative. My favorite part was the lighthouse.
Written 8 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Doug M
Chesterfield, MO771 contributions
So glad we did this
Oct 2021
Do you really care about the architectural history of Chicago? No, but it does make the tour pretty interesting. And the views from the boat - both up & down the river, and out on Lake Michigan, ae fantastic. Well work the price, and add it to your itinerary.
Written 7 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kate C
11 contributions
Great
Oct 2021 • Family
I loved this tour! My kids loved being out on the boat. Being a single parent, this trip was excellent because they were so happy just to be out on a boat and see the city that I was able to actually listen to our tour guide. Even our service dog liked it :) he kept popping his head out of one of the little holes as though it was own personal window.
Written 3 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yaron Y
Campbell, CA18 contributions
A great architecture lake and river tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had a fantastic tour - the tour guide was knowledgeable and funny and had Lots of interesting facts and stories about all the Chicago buildings and structured. The duration was just right -90 mins . Very recommended !
The only thing was , we booked through Viator ( which is a TripAdvisor company apperantly ) but the tour company did not find our booking in their records . We had to show them the receipt and then they were ok but such a thing cannot happen . This is not against the tour company, but rather something Viator should improve on
Written 3 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BMelanie
Los Angeles, CA38 contributions
A Must-Do When Visiting Chicago
Oct 2021
While visiting Chicago for the first time in 20 years, my friends made the EXCELLENT decision to book this tour. It was so entertaining and enjoyable (even for our friends that are “locals.” Our tour guide Kenneth was super informative and engaging and gave us great trivia. I now have a new favorite building in Chicago (the St Regis building) and I can’t wait to come back with my husband so he can experience this fabulous tour.
Written 3 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anna-Jo
9 contributions
Family visit to Chicago
Beautiful River and lake views. Very insightful and informative staff and tour guide, just couldn’t always understand or hear him over the sounds of the city and motor.
Written 29 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Derrick B
Dallas, TX5 contributions
Great tour. A “must do” on the first day
Excellent tour staff members were very knowledgeable about the history of the locations as well as the unique features of the river and lake neighborhoods
Written 19 September 2021
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Sofia M
1 contribution
Awesome tour!
Sep 2021 • Family
Beautiful views and awesome tour guide! We got to see the fireworks right on the lake. Give yourself extra time (like an hour extra) bc the tour can be delayed going in/out river to the lake.
Written 19 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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D2583KYmary
D2583KYmary
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Fun and interesting.
John was great, very knowledgeable. He was funny and try to get the customers involved. Enjoyed very much.
julie1270
julie1270
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Great Boat Tour
This tour was so nice. We had a great knowledgeable guide. So soapy beautiful buildings and learned a lot of Chicag
Adventurer596362
Adventurer596362
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Exactly what you’re looking for
Amazing! Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat as the seating is first come first serve. Our guide was both h
geauxontheroadagain
geauxontheroadagain
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If you do anything, DO THIS
If you do anything in Chicago, take a tour with Wendella. Our guide was Zack (I think), and he was AWESOME, informa
mollykatebaker
mollykatebaker
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Worth the time & money
We LOVED this tour. Make sure you wear a jacket as it gets pretty windy on the boat. But the sites are absolutely a
HaleF643
HaleF643
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Perfect way to take in the City, it’s buildings and a bit of history
Great For balmy weather. The tour guide Jim, an engineer, provided good technical information about the the buildi
Adventure278221
Adventure278221
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Chicago Architecture Tour
This is the best way to spend an hour and a 1/2 of any tour you can take. Pretty much a full history of Chicago
W3589GEterrys
W3589GEterrys
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May be the best thing to do in Chicago.
We have went on this three of four times and love it. We learn something new every time. The guides really know the
sumiey2017
sumiey2017
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Great Tour
Victor, our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable! Duration of the tour was perfect! Highly recommend to ta
colinbarry
colinbarry
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Great and informative way to learn about Chicago
Comprehensive but quick introduction to Chicago's distinctive architecture with added commentary on history and cul
katf783
katf783
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Bad
On this boat now, will update if the ride is any good. On boarding for the boat was a sub zero review. No announcem
JuanM6672
JuanM6672
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Expectacular experience
Great explanation and beautiful view. All personal on board were super friendly and they were taken safety really s
SivakumarT
SivakumarT
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Highly recommend this tour
The trip was made more educational by the expert guide Kaye. Thanks to her, was able to learn a lot about the histo
Grandkitten21
Grandkitten21
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Just do it!
Great way to see Chicago! The tour guide was knowledgeable, informative, and fun to listen to. Boat was pretty cr
Yooper49855
Yooper49855
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Don’t miss this attraction
Awesome narrator. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Chicago as well as the architecture. Highly r
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