Today's Groupon teaches you illustrious landmark epics for $11 on an hour-long Chicago River sightseeing and architecture tour with Wendella (a $22 value). The view from the river is unbeatable, and so are Wendella's personable guides, who are known to impress Chicago natives with vast amount of city knowledge. They're the best at weaving Chicago's rich architectural heritage into compelling narratives and unearthing nuggets of high-rise lore. Tours last one hour and start at 400 N. Michigan Ave. This Groupon is good for either the 10:00 a.m. or the 8:15 p.m. tour any day of the week.
If you're not familiar with the work of Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Helmut Jahn, you should be. Their buildings are to Chicago what the chest part of your shirt is to your shirt. Learn the facts of these essential and wondrous buildings, so the next time you're at an architecture-themed discussion group, you won't get made fun of.
Yelpers give Wendella Sightseeing Boats an average of 4.5 stars:
- Even though I've been a Chicago native all of my life it was very nice to see the city from the lake. Our tour guide was very informative and the skyline with the sunset was very nice. – Corley S.
- I can say, without any doubt in my mind, that Wendella Boat Tours is my favorite thing to do over a Chicago summer. Every time I have a friend in town, this is always on the agenda… Wendella consistently has the best guides for the least amount of money... – Danny M.
- Every tourist and every Chicago citizen should take a river and lake tour at least once. I can't tell you how BEAUTIFUL and GRAND Chicago and its skyline looks from the water. You can't get better views (nope, not even from the Sears Tower). – Jade R.
Important Chicago Buildings
Chicago is home to many architectural landmarks. Here's everything you need to know about some of Chicago's most famous buildings:
- Rookery Building: Haunted by ghosts, demons, and apparitions
- Wrigley Building: Haunted by ghost demons, demon ghosts, and ghostly demon apparitions
- Auditorium Building: Haunted by the ghost of the inventor of auditoriums, Benjamin Auditorium
- Chicago Board of Trade Building: Haunted by its past mistakes and ghosts
- Chicago Federal Center: Suspiciously not haunted
In 1935, Albert Borgstrom, a Swedish immigrant and carpenter by trade, set about constructing a 65-foot wooden yacht. He named the ship The Wendella and charged visitors $0.25 to ride through the city and listen to a guide expound on the sights. This simple vessel ended up being a steppingstone, and 75 years later, guests still ride along, now craning their heads back at the jagged opalescent silhouette of Trump Tower and the beehive curves of Marina City. Beneath the evolving skyline, the fleet has expanded to six vessels, which are now run by Albert's grandson, Michael Borgstrom. Wendella staffs a dedicated, in-house education department to keep the city's history alive and make sure that people continue to believe in water so it doesn’t disappear. On special excursions, the crew stocks the boats with wine for tastings beneath the stars or points the vessel through the verdigris waters of the lake to watch evening fireworks shows.