All About Wendella


Since 1935, generations of visitors and Chicagoans alike have made a Wendella Boat Tour a family tradition. Wendella boats, the original boat tour company in Chicago, has provided millions of visitors and commuters with an opportunity to experience the city in a unique way utilizing one of its greatest natural resources – the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Why Choose Wendella?

We are committed to providing memorable, safe experiences on the waterways. We have recruited and trained a staff of professionals who maintain and operate Wendella's vessels, as well as a dock crew that assist our guests both before and after the tour. It is these people that enable Wendella to provide you with the highest degree of hospitality, safety and professionalism. In Addition, all Wendella vessels are certified annually by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for passenger safety and all our Captains are USCG Licensed Merchant Marine Officers.


All our vessels feature full cash bars and most have climate controlled main saloons.   Restrooms or "heads" as we call them on a boat are avaiiable on all our vessels.  Wendella Vessels have state of the art sound systems which enhance and support our live narrations.  


Combined Lake and River Tour, Wendella's signature tour since 1935, is a comprehensive overview of Chicago, offering breathtaking views of our magnificent skyline and an up-close perspective from the Chicago River. Departing from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building, this 90 minute tour features a live narration highlighting Chicago’s rich history and architectural heritage. Your expert architecture tour guide will lead you through the main branch of the Chicago River and through the Chicago Lock out to Lake Michigan. This tour will entertain everyone, particularly those with a desire to experience the beauty of Chicago's remarkable skyline.

Chicago River Architecture Tour departs from the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower. An expert architecture tour guide leads you through all three branches of the Chicago River. This 75 minute tour highlights Chicago's rich architectural heritage, with dramatic views of residential and office buildings along the Chicago River. During this tour you will discover a wide range of architectural styles designed by notable architects Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. This tour is suitable for everyone, especially thouse interested in the architectural history of Chicago. 

Chicago At Sunset Cruise is offered at 7:45pm on summer evenings. Enjoy this 120 minute Sunset Cruise as you watch the sun set over the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan. Departing from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building, this cruise includes a brief narrated tour of Chicago's history and a view of the water and light display at Buckingham Fountain. Enjoy time with friends or a romantic evening with a date. Whether a tourist or a local resident, Wendella Boats is the best way to experience Chicago.

Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise edeparts from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building and heads out to Lake Michigan for the Navy Pier fireworks. This cruise will lead you north and south along the city's spectacular lit up skyline. A unique Chicago experience for a date night, a fun night out with friends, or an exciting night with the family! This 120 minute cruise is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and includes a brief narrated tour.

Schedule and Ticket Information
Schedules and routes may vary with season or weather conditions and are subject to change without notice.
Combined Lake and River Tour (90 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $26 Children $14
10:00 AM 2:00 PM 6:00 PM
11:00 AM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
12:00 PM 4:00 PM 8:30 PM
1:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:15 PM 
The Chicago River Architecture Tour (75 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $26 Children $14
10:30 AM 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
11:30 AM 2:30 PM 5:30 PM
12:30 PM 3:30 PM 6:30 PM
8:00 PM
Chicago At Sunset (120 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $26 N/A
Leave everyday at 7:45 pm
Fireworks Cruise (120 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $26 Children $14
Leave every Wednesday at 8:30 PM and Saturday at 9:15


400 North Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building
Our Michigan Avenue Dock is easily reached by car, public transportation and Chicago Water Taxi. The Chicago Water Taxi stops at Michigan Avenue, Clark/LaSalle Street, Madison Street and Chicago Chinatown. Visit for schedule and ticket information.



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