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Wendella Sightseeing Boats

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Address: 400 North Michigan Ave, Departing from Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60611
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Chicago Architectural Tour on the River

We've done the Wendella Architecture Tour many times over the years with out-of-town guests. Every time it's a hit! We even learn interesting, new facts about our city as well... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've done the Wendella Architecture Tour many times over the years with out-of-town guests. Every time it's a hit! We even learn interesting, new facts about our city as well. The guides are very knowledgeable about Chicago's history, architecture, and art history. It's great for individuals, couples, families, and of course, tourists.

Thank Linds595
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tour guy had knowledge of the architecture of Chicago. The 90 minutes was great and relaxing. A must take trip!

Thank Stefania F
Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so neat!! John, I believe, was our guide and he was so knowledgeable about the amazing architecture of the buildings along the river!! Great way to spend an hour!! Peaceful and fascinating!!

Thank amysS9899TV
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the original architecture cruise on Easter Sunday afternoon which was delightfully sunny and warm. The tour guide was great, engaging and knowledgable about the local area and buildings. Tour was just the right length to keep us interested and leave us wanting a bit more. Everyone I know who has visited Chicago recommended this to me and now... More 

Thank suzc22
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Educational and amusing - the guide gave great explanations of buildings, past, present and future along the Chicago River as well as of the history of the river itself. Perfect past time on a sunny spring afternoon.

Thank DavidAndB54
Stratford ON
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a highlight of our family visit to Chicago over Easter weekend. Adults and kids (10 and 12) found it entertaining, educational and fun. We opted for the River and Lake Cruise which gave us the full architectural river tour as well as a trip out onto the lake. The kids loved going through the lock onto the lake... More 

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London, Ontario
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this tour! We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting. Our tour guide was Jack and he was really knowledgeable and friendly. Don't miss this perspective!

Thank COOPS4
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had Jack as a tour guide and had a fantastic time. He was very knowledgeable and it was really neat to see all the buildings from the river. I had no idea Chicago had the much history and cool old buildings and skyscrapers. Also doesn't hurt to have a bar on board.

Thank davejamro
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This architectural boat tour was top notch! Taking approx 90 mins, the first half takes you up the river and then the second half on to Lake Michigan. The Tour guide on the boat was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and had lots of "titbits" that even my friend who has lived in Chicago all their life had no idea about!... More 

Thank Richard H
Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great decision to take in the tour. We opted for the City and Lake versus the Architecture Tour. 90+ minutes, very informative guide, buildings, history, photo opportunities the whole tour. Staff was informative, friendly and eager to please everyone on board. Highly recommended.

Thank rbankerman

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