Wendella Boat Rides

Near North Side

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Guides expound on architectural heritage & design of early skyscrapers during 75-minute tour of Chicago River's three branches

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Sailors learn to be experts at knot tying, from securing the vessel with a tight anchor hitch to securing the captain after he succumbs to madness and tries to eat his own hook hand. This Groupon is a mutinous bounty.

$18 for Chicago River Architecture Tour with Drink (Up to $34 Value)

Wendella's Chicago River Architecture Tour departs from Wendella Dock at Trump Tower and spends 75 minutes exploring the river's three branches. Seasoned guides expound on the city's diverse architectural styles, from the Wrigley Building's flair to the Merchandise Mart's art-deco façade. The narrators also share lore regarding the design of the earliest skyscrapers and the story of the Great Chicago Fire. Sightseers glide past the Willis Tower, the wind gently tousling their hair as they swap an included drink ticket for a coffee, soda, cocktail, or beer (up to an $8 value). While today's Groupon is valid for all ages and valued up to the price of adult admission, children aged 11 and younger and seniors normally receive reduced rates.See the tour schedule.

Wendella Boats

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.

Customer Reviews

It was a wonderful outing and I would love to get more deals for Wendella
Tiffany C. · November 6, 2012
It was the best. I enjoyed it. Very informative an impressive.
Alonzo F. · November 4, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our boat ride/tour & appreciated the friendliness of your staff!
Jami S. · May 6, 2012

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