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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
  • 45-minute architecture cruise on the Chicago River
  • Get another perspective on Chicago's heritage buildings
  • Shorter tour is ideal for families and people with limited time
  • Snacks, drinks, and souvenirs available for purchase on board
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400 N Michigan Ave , 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

The vessel departs and returns to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building. Look for the blue "Wendella" awning over the dock staircase. Descend the stairs to the river-level dock.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Increased sanitation
  • Arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Boats
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where do we meet for the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:We are located at 400 N Michigan Avenue at the historic Wrigley Building. Wendella has four dock locations that extend west from the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge to Wabash Avenue.
Apr 2021
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Is there parking available for the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:There are two parking garages near the departure point: AMA Plaza parking at 401 N. State Street and InterPark Public Parking at 430 N. Rush St. (Parking fees apply at both locations.)
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile handicap accessible?
A:We operate 3 boats with wheelchair lifts between decks. All our boats can accommodate wheelchairs & have toilets that are ADA compliant. For guests who are deaf or hard of hearing, a written script of the narration is available at the ticket office.
Apr 2021
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Can I bring my service animal with me on the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:A service animal is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Pets and dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available on board the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:Yes. Restrooms are located on the lower deck of each vessel; changing tables are also available in each restroom.
Apr 2021
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How early should I arrive for the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
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Does the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile operate in bad weather?
A:Our cruises depart rain or shine. Our vessels include sheltered areas and climate-controlled lounges. Ponchos are available for purchase onboard. However, in cases of severe weather where the cruise must be canceled, all guests will be refunded.
Apr 2021
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Is the boat climate controlled during the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:Most of our vessels feature an enclosed climate-controlled lounge on the lower deck with speakers to hear the tour guide’s narration. If you have a concern about whether your vessel has an interior lounge, please call the phone number on your ticket.
Apr 2021
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Is food/drink available during the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:A full-service bar is available onboard. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an assortment of snacks, are available for purchase. Bar sales are credit cards only. No cash purchases.
Apr 2021
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Can I store my luggage during the 45-min Chicago River Architecture Tour - Magnificent Mile?
A:There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it is subject to inspection.
Apr 2021
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
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What is the social distancing policy during 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Chicago for the first time." See review
  • "We had a terrific adventure on the 45 minute river tour, just perfect for my granddaughters, 5 and 7 yrs." See review

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star-5
Great!
Wynne_C
, Oct 2021
Beautiful tour lots of great information. Able to just relax and enjoy or can listen to the history.
star-5
Awesome Tour
Jamerra_H
, Oct 2021
My goddaughter and I really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was phenomenal and the views were AMAZING!
star-3
Too many people, could...
Isabel_D
, Oct 2021
Too many people, could hardly hear the speaker and she was very rude. Like she didn't like people and was there by obligation
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Sorry to hear about your experience. I can assure you all our Tour Guides like people!! (and dogs)
star-5
Very fun
Tabitha_H
, Oct 2021
The emcee was amazing! Very knowledgeable about the architecture and city. He added humor to the tour and made the evening enjoyable!
star-5
Great tour to do at night
Leslie_G
, Oct 2021
We did the last tour of the night. The boat wasn't crowded and it was cool seeing the buildings lit up at night. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. My son (12) loved it too! Highly recommend.
star-5
Excellent
Virginia_S
, Oct 2021
Just perfect, and our guide was awesome!! Highly recommend!! Great tour of a beautiful city. ……………….
star-5
Night Time Tour
Antonio_J
, Oct 2021
I really enjoyed this tour. It's great at night with friends and family. I'd definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Great
Francisco_V
, Sep 2021
Great experience. The guide was very interesting and entertaining. A great way to learn about the city and watch the amazing buildings and beautiful skyline.
star-5
Beautiful Skyline
Belinda_T
, Sep 2021
This tour was everything! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The Chicago Skyline and building are beautiful. The drinks are very strong also and I can’t wait to come back and visit.
star-5
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST TIME EVER IN CHICAGO
Sonya_B
, Sep 2021
How bright everything was lit up,beautiful scenery,oh my God,I have wonderful pictures to share with my grandchildren

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