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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

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icon45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline—and glimpse many of the city’s top landmarks—on this architectural boat tour. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, and hop aboard the open-air vessel right off the Chicago Riverwalk. As you trawl the Chicago River, spy skyscrapers and historical marvels from the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, and learn all about the Windy City’s world-famous architecture from your guide’s narration.
  • This boat tour is perfect for first-time or time-pressed Chicago visitors
  • Discover the city’s key architectural highlights, all in one tour
  • Enjoy one-of-a-kind views from the water’s edge
  • Learn about the city’s history and architecture from the live commentary
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Riverwalk , Chicago, IL 60601, USA

The Dock is located on the Chicago Riverwalk, in between the Clark and Lasalle Street Bridges, on the south bank of the Chicago River.

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
  • Please arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to your tour time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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
Q:
Is there parking available for the 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk 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
Q:
Can I bring my service animal with me on the 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
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Does the 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk 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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour - Riverwalk?
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 sanitization during 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk.
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What is the social distancing policy during 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk.

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  • "Lastly, you can’t take alcohol off the boat so keep that in mind when buying drinks." See review

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star-3
It was fine. Not super...
Helen_P
, Oct 2021
It was fine. Not super exciting. Over crowded. Downstairs speakers didn’t work so i couldn’t hear anything
star-5
Picturesque
Rosezetta_J
, Oct 2021
Tour guide was knowledgeable and full of humor. I would definitely recommend this tour. It was a beautiful night
star-5
Thanks
Sheila_F
, Sep 2021
beautiful views. Peaceful. Learned some things about this great city. Comfortable seating. Perfect amount of time.
star-3
Worst ever
West_F
, Sep 2021
The boat ride itself was perfect, but when I asked the agent for an address, the only thing she kept saying in response was it’s st the “Riverwalk” mind you it’s my first time in Chicago so I had no idea there were 6 to 8 other companies on the Riverwalk . My husband and I carried our sons stroller up and down stairs crossing back n forth trying to find the right company that viator booked us for . It was a disaster by the time we find it, it’s an hour after departure, but a full hour before the next ride . My feet are still battered and bruised. Not to mention our phones died ….talk about hell .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best tour guide ever!!! I...
Federico_N
, Sep 2021
Best tour guide ever!!! I would definitely recommend this tour. We enjoyed the tour very much. Well done!
star-1
Horrible
Isaiah_M
, Sep 2021
Was never picked up. I want my money back. Will never book through you guys again. I want a full refund.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Can you provide more information for this review. I'm not sure you you mean you were never picked up. All our tpurs ran as scheduled?
star-5
Beautiful
Onee
, Sep 2021
This was a great ride and loved looking at all the beautiful beautiful buildings in Chicago. This site was easy to use and will use again on my Destin, Florida trip
star-5
Pleasant surprise
Shannon_C
, Sep 2021
Loved learning about the architecture! Beautiful views! Lori was a great tour guide! Would definitely do this tour again.
star-5
Kayden 12th Birthday.
Sherrie_M
, Sep 2021
My favorite part was simply being with my family and seeing all the beauty together. This is a trip we planned for my grandsons 12th birthday.
star-4
Unnecessary wait
kyleshannon79
, Aug 2021
Thomas the tour guide was fantastic! The trip loses a star because we were told to arrive 30 minutes early, but the boat showed up fifteen minutes after our stated departure time. We sat around for 45 minutes doing nothing. Very annoying when you plan your day to start early and instead stand around wasting your morning.

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