Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Stop At: Wendella, Chicago, IL

All tours depart and return to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Dock Located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Boarding for each tour will begin 15-30 minutes before the tour time. There is no reserved seating, as seating is first come first served. All groups should arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time. All tickets are non-refundable, however, in the event you are unable to make your scheduled tour date or miss the boat, all tickets are transferrable to another time, date, or tour. Tours depart rain or shine. Located on the bottom deck of our climate-controlled lounge are restrooms and a full service bar with snacks, such as chips and candy (no meals or food are served), and a selection of beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. All vessel bars accept cash and all major credit cards.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

Lake and River Architecture Tours begin at Michigan Avenue and explore Chicago's amazing architecture along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. All tours are narrated by professional tour guides.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Lake Michigan, Beaches for swimming, IL

Your tour travels along Lake Michigan and explores Chicago's beautiful skyline.

Duration: 45 minutes

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: 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.

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: The Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr 60606, Chicago, IL 60606-2806

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

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.

Activity Details
An authentic Chicago tradition since 1935, this is the tour that started it all. This unique excursion tells the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture. The journey begins with an up-close perspective of Chicago's internationally-known architecture as seen from the Chicago River. Then venture through the Chicago Lock on to the calm, cool waters of Lake Michigan for expansive views of Chicago's extraordinary 26-mile skyline. Take the selfie of a lifetime on this inspirational experience!
Departure & Return
Departure Point400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Wendella
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board.
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Employees wear face coverings and gloves
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Increased sanitation and hand sanitizer stations
  • All Guests must wear face coverings
  • 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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  • Hard to find tours during this Covid season, but this was a gem! Jack, our guide, was awesome and very informative as well as entertaining.

  • Highly recommend the Architecture River and Lake Tour. Thomas did an excellent job of narration of tour.

  • The tour was very well organized, they assured for safety, cleanliness and comfort (maybe some shade needed). Vince the tour guide was very good, I had a very good experience overall. Thank you.

  • We had a wonderful time. Our tour host was excellent, very informative and funny. He made the tour even better!! Would definitely recommend this tour to others.

  • I have done this tour twice now and feel like it is an excellent way to get to know a little bit more of the city and it’s architecture without overkill. It’s location is easy to find (just go to Wrigley building and go down the stairs to the river), the personnel are nice to deal with, and the boat is comfortable. The experience of going through a lock on a boat is fun and unique, and the overall views of the city from out on the lake are extraordinary. Although both guides I had were very knowledgeable, our first, an older gentleman, was better-paced and added more anecdotal information which was entertaining.

  • The weather was overcast. Fog was moving into the city. Seeing the city from the lake with the fog was amazing and then up close through the river was spectacular. To see the city from the lake and river is a must.. Too much to miss out if you are not doing both. The boat was clean and the staff was very professional. However the brightest spot was the tour guide. OMG did she know her stuff. Naming the architecture for every high rise was just mind boggling. I would take this tour again and again in a heart beat. I have taken other lake and river tours and this one is by far the best!

  • Took the Wendell Architectural Tour. Had taken one before, but this one was so much better! We went out into Lake Michigan! Excellent tour guide!

  • The tour was exceptional. I would suggest that the cafeteria has a better snack options. We ran to get into the cruise and we were without breakfast. If we had could gotten a sandwich or yogurt etc, the tour will be more pleasant.

  • How woukd you feel in a river tour surrounded by skyscrapers? I felt amazed. I will do it again next visit to chicago!!

  • It was a little difficult to understand the tour guide but other than that, it was a great tour. The views from Lake Michigan were worth it!

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