Discover Chicago's Iconic Landmarks with Wendella Sightseeing's Unforgettable Tours!

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Book your tour today. Guests can relax onboard a boat and admire scenic views of the Chicago skyline with a knowledgeable guide

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Chicago River Architecture Tour - 90 Minutes

Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago's legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.

Chicago River Architecture Tour - 45 Minutes

Experience the energy and spirit of the city on this awe-inspiring voyage through the concrete, steel and glass canyon of downtown Chicago. This casual, family-friendly introduction to the Windy City's rich history and architectural heritage may be brief but it is not short on discovery and wonder.

Things To Know

  • These tours depart from Michigan Avenue at 400 North Michigan Avenue. Descend the stairs at the Michigan Avenue bridge to the dock level.
  • All Wendella vessels have full service bars and rest rooms. Most Wendella vessels have climate control.
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What Our Customers Have To Say!

Friendly and prompt service. Scott, the tour guide, is knowledgeable and willing to share it. He's funny and personable, and this helped make a rainy, cold tour warm and engaging. He made himself available for additional questions about other things to see in Chicago after the boat tour, and he is candid about what makes Chicago stand out. The boat seemed well maintained. Drinks and light snacks are offered for a charge. Interior of boat is climate controlled, and it has tables and bathrooms. The upper deck is open to the elements and provides a great view of the sights.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 28, 2023. ALL SALES FINAL. Limit 8 per person. Subject to availability. Based on availability of boat capacity set by the United States Coast Guard and COVID19 social distancing guidelines. All guests must wear masks for the duration of the tour. Children 3 and under free with paid adult. Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Learn about Strike-Through Pricing and Savings

About Wendella Tours & Cruises

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 each visitor $0.25 to ride through the city, admire views, 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 in the distance 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.