90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Stop At: Wendella, Chicago, IL

Vessels depart from Wendella's docks at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge), at the foot of the Wrigley Building.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Pass By: Centennial Fountain and Water Arc, North bank Chicago River at McClurg Court 400 N McClurg Ct,, Chicago, IL 60610

Dedicated in 1989 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, known for reversing the flow of the Chicago River in 1900. For the first five minutes of every hour, the fountain shoots a water arc across the river from a tiered waterfall.

Pass By: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz Suite 107, Chicago, IL 60654-1103

The largest commercial building in the world.

Pass By: Michigan Avenue Bridge, 333 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3901

Michigan Avenue is home of the Chicago Water Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and the shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

Pass By: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.

Pass By: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

An open, pedestrian waterfront called the city's 'Second Lakefront.'

Pass By: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606-2806

Second-largest opera auditorium in North America, with an Art Deco interior

Pass By: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

Pass by these iconic mixed-use apartment buildings - "a city within a city" with their unique corn-cob exterior.

Activity Details
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 90 minute 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. The Chicago River Architecture Tour is the most authentic and encompassing Chicago experience the city has to offer.
Departure & Return
Departure Point400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
  • Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide.
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Drinks and snacks available for purchase on-board the vessel.
Additional Information
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews

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  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! The tour company even let me change the time of my tour at the last minute without any hassle. I totally recommend this tour.

  • We loved the ride!!! And the tour host was awesome I would definitely like to come again the captain was wonderful and his mates was nice only thing is I couldn’t spend cash and I didn’t bring a wallet so I wasn’t able to buy anything but nice tour.

  • Such a great way to experience Chicago. I’ve taken this tour multiple times and it never disappoints.

  • John was a fabulous guide who not only shared amazing history but kept us laughing! Would recommend to anyone. Perfect way to start our trip and get us oriented!

  • It was wonderful! Our guide was funny and very informative!!! Great bar and awesome staff! Highly recommend!!!

  • Everyone was super friendly! The tour was very educational. I would definitely recommend to others. We enjoyed ourselves for sure.

  • What a nice time. Boat sprayed and disinfected between runs to ensure safety and peace of mind. Excellent guide. Didn't hurt that the afternoon turned sunny and pleasant. Lovely experience. Highly recommend.

  • It was great to hear about architecture on top of the beautiful view. Took 8 pm tour, gig to see buildings during daylight and at night

  • The tour was great, and we had the most amazing tour guide. I’d recommend the architecture cruise to anyone visiting the city.

  • The tour was very pretty and nice it just felt a little crowded with covid every was so packed in it made me uncomfortable. Yes we were technically outside but I still felt everyone was sitting a little too close for my comfort.

    Also go down below if you want unrestricted pictures. I realized it super late but its emptier down there so you can get some great pictures with nobody in the background (also get away from the crowded deck above to safer social distance).

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