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Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise & Drink

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises

Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise & Drink

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises

From US$ 40 per person

Offer for American Express Card Members: One complimentary drink per person. Experience Chicago’s legendary architecture from the best seat in the house: the river. Enjoy a comprehensive tour with a live fun guide as you navigate through the city.

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  • Offer for American Express Card Members: One complimentary drink per person (Value of $10-15)
  • Pre-purchase your ticket to skip the ticket line and guarantee your place on this popular cruise
  • Enjoy year-long cruising with a choice of outside deck-top or indoor climate-controlled seating
  • Learn from expert tour guides the importance of Chicago’s architecture and how it has changed
  • Enjoy true Chicago hospitality with locally sourced food and drinks available at a full service cash bar
Full description

Experience more of Chicago by boat than on any other architectural cruise. See architectural highlights and enjoy an open-air deck or climate-controlled interior as you travel the main River and its north and south branches. View all of Chicago's architectural highlights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Be entertained by the expert and friendly tour guides as they explain the 130 year-long history behind the skyline, while bartenders and staff keep you comfortable with refreshments. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point. It then cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Michigan. On the way, learn about ornate, historic early skyscrapers like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, the imposing art deco Merchandise Mart, mid-century skyscrapers like the Mies Van der Rohe AMA Building. Don't miss the circular Marina City Towers, the majestic Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower and the tallest building in Chicago) the soaring AON Center, and more modernist structures like Aqua, Trump Tower, Nuveen, and the new Vista Tower. During your cruise, have the opportunity to enjoy a full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits, and Garrett’s Popcorn. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the Grand Staircase at the front of the boat or pose for photos at the picturesque stern or bow of this classic vessel.

US American Express Card Members receive one complimentary drink per person. To take advantage of this offer, book with a U.S. Issued American Express Card by 10/1/23. Drink will be distributed during cruise.

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  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Boat trip along the main, north, and south river
  • Access to open deck
  • Access to climate-conditioned interior deck
  • Local expert tour guide
  • Free drink (well drink, beer, wine, soda, water, etc.)
  • Snacks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please check-in for your tour at the Wendella Ticket Office located at the bottom of the stairs at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge at the foot of the Wrigley Building. The ticket office will issue you with your free drink ticket(s) and guide you to the correct dock for your cruise time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Children under 4 years of age are free
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Vessels include restrooms with diaper changing tables, cash bar, and climate control
  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food

Product ID: 417122