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Wendella Boat Rides

400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

$11 for Chicago River Architecture Tour from Wendella Boats

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  • Highly trained tour guides
  • World-famous architecture
  • See the city from a completely different angle

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17 ratings12 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
2 days ago
Had a great time! Boarding and departure was smooth and timely. Our guide, John, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining.
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
2 days ago
great experience! totally worth it!
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
3 days ago
I’m sure the tour was wonderful. My son and I didn’t make it in time, 2 minutes late trying to park our car. My son asked them to wait one more minute as I was running from the parking garage but they said it was not possible. Which I understand, but we are sorry we couldn’t do the tour.
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Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
5 days ago
It was great!
5 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
7 days ago
Great boat tour for my first visit to Chicago! Very knowledable guide. It was a chilly day so it was nice that there was somewhere to warm up. There were drinks for sale and bathrooms. I would definitely reccomend.
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About This Deal

Jump to: Reviews | See Chicago's Watery Depths

Gain vast amounts of Chicago building–knowledge with an architectural cruise down the super-famous Chicago River with Wendella Boats for $11, the same price as kids 11 and under and half off the regular $22 adult price.

Your 60-minute architectural exploration via boat begins at the Wrigley Building and winds through the heart of the city, past historic buildings by Mies van der Rohe to the cobs of Marina City. The guides all graduated from Wendella’s extensive in-house education program (the equivalent of an undergraduate course in architecture), so even seasoned Chicagoans will likely find new facts to absorb with their mind-sponge.

This Groupon is perfect if you’re struggling to plan the perfect itinerary for your out-of-town guests. Everyone hates awkward dinner conversation with a significant other, a family member, or Dennis Franz. Avoid feeling terrible, and bring your companion on board so someone else can take care of the talking. Afterward, you'll be able to discuss Chicago architecture at great length. The Wendella tour is also a great way to expand your sense of the city, giving Chicago that fresh laundry smell. Wendella offers Chicago River Architecture tours seven days a week. Your Groupon is good toward the 10 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. tours only and expires in six months.


Yelpers give Wendella Boats 4.5 stars, and TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes:

  • We decided to take the hour and a half architectural boat tour with Wendella Boats. The boat was very clean and comfortable. The crew were very friendly. – Legsfamily, TripAdvisor
  • As far as tourist-y things go, I think this is one that you have to do if you visit Chicago during the warmer part of the year. The sights are breathtaking and you learn a lot of interesting information. – Jillian N., Yelp
  • We did the river and lake tour on a beautiful day. Couldn't have been happier. The tour guide was great, providing lots of interesting insights into the history of everything [sic]. – Will K., Yelp

See Chicago’s Watery Depths

Advanced reservations will soon be available for Wendella’s Undersea Chicago River Experience, a domed submersible-zeppelin tour of the ancient underwater ruins of early Chicago that’s under construction until 2015. Some of the attractions you’ll see include:

  • Original Richard J. Daley World Domination Lair
  • Undisturbed aquatic race of Michael Jordans
  • About 280 algae coated skeletons who thought Al Capone seemed like a “pretty cool dude, at first.”
  • Deep, deep, deep-dish pizza.
  • The Lost Treasure of Jim Belushi

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 24, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Valid only for 10am or 8:15pm tours. Tours subject to availability. Walk-up redemption only, no reservations. 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.