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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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
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
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • 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:
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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.
Q:
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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star-5
A must do tour
Bridget_O
, Jun 2021
Great experience. The crew was awesome and the architecture along the Chicago River amazing. Highly recommend
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star-5
Relaxing, beautiful and informative
Kristen_R
, Jun 2021
I enjoyed our tour guide's sense of humor (John). We took this tour on our first full day in the city and it was a wonderful overview.
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This is a must
Juan_A
, Jun 2021
The sunset at the lake was amazing. The cruse was very nice and very helpful. The service was great .
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Amazing
Victoria_B
, Jun 2021
We live in cities that have large downtown structures but Nothing compares to the sites we enjoyed during this cruise. The tour guide was amazing!!!!
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Good Time
Dawn_B
, Jun 2021
It was a beautiful day, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the bar on board was a nice surprise.
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star-5
Pretty good. Recommend it.
Vaibhav_M
, Jun 2021
The tour guide was great and had Pretty good knowledge. The boat was great. There were good amenities on the boat.
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Great experience, fun and educational
Laverne_S
, Jun 2021
Learning all about the way the buildings were built and about the locks on the river. The rich history of the town as it has grown was interesting.
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Fun Day!
Jan_L
, Jun 2021
Lot’s of great information. I’d do it again. You want to much written and it is very frustrating. I will not do this again because ot his requirement.
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Enjoyable and informative
Derek_J
, Jun 2021
Very informative. After the cruise, we would walk around and remember what our guide said about the buildings!
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Great time
Jatram
, Jun 2021
The best way to see a lot of the city. The guide was very informative. His unique style of presenting the information made the trip entertaining.
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