All About Wendella


History

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?

Wendella is committed to providing the highest degree of hospitality to our guests. 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. 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.

Amenities

All Wendella vessels feature a full cash bar and most have a climate-controlled main cabin. Restrooms are available on all our vessels.  Wendella Vessels have state of the art sound systems which enhance and support our live narrations.  

Tours & Cruises

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 those interested in the architectural history of Chicago. 

Chicago River Experience Tour departs from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building. Family-oriented and casual, this 45 minute tour aboard the iconic Chicago Water Taxi introduces guests to the city's history and architectural heritage. This river-only tour provides you with views of the main branch and part of the South Branch of the Chicago River including Willis Tower. 

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 departs 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.
 

Specialty Cruises

Wine & Cheese Cruise is offered on select Thursdays April-September 5:45pm-7:45pm. Sample sweet and savory wines and cheeses from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine while cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Unlike our traditional tours, the Wine & Cheese Cruise does not include a narrated tour, but a tour guide is available to answer any questions you may have. With an enjoyable playlist and a more casual set up, this cruise is the perfect occasion to gather with friends or co-workers after work. 

Beer & BBQ Cruise is offered on select Thursdays May-September 5:45pm-7:45pm. Sample a variety of beers from local brewery Goose Island and authentic barbecue from Sweet Baby Ray's. Enjoy these Chicago favorites while cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Unlike our traditional tours, the Beer & BBQ Cruise does not include a narrated tour, but a tour guide is available to answer any questions you may have. With an enjoyable playlist and a more casual set up, this cruise is the perfect occasion to gather with friends or co-workers after work. 

Cocktail Cruise is offered on select Thursdays June-August 5:45pm-7:45pm. Sip on refreshing cocktails from Trump Tower's Rebar and sample tasty hors d'oeuvres from Seasons 52 while cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Unlike our traditional tours, the Cocktail Cruise does not include a narrated tour, but a tour guide is available to answer any questions you may have. With an enjoyable playlist and a more casual set up, this cruise is the perfect occasion to gather with friends or co-workers after work. 


Chicago Water Taxi

Wendella's Chicago Water Taxi operates on a closed loop route on the Chicago River, from March-December, transporting passengers between Chinatown and Madison Street on the South Branch; LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue on the Main Branch, and North Avenue on the North Branch. Throughout the summer, departures and arrivals are scheduled Monday-Friday from 6:45am-9:00pm, weekends from 10:00am-8:30pm, and on Saturday nights until 11:00pm for the Navy Pier fireworks. For the Chicago Water Taxi schedule and more information, visit chicagowatertaxi.com


Schedule and Ticket Information
Schedules and routes may vary based on season or weather conditions and are subject to change without notice.
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*Combined Lake and River Tour (90 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $27 Children $15
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  
**Chicago River Architecture Tour (75 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $27 Children $15
10:30 AM 2:30 PM 6:30 PM
11:30 AM 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
12:30 PM
1:30PM
4:30 PM
5:30PM
9:00 PM
 
*Chicago River Experience Tour (45 minutes)
Adult $17 Seniors $15 Children $6
1:15 PM 2:15 PM 3:15 PM
4:15 PM 5:15 PM  
Offered Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
*Chicago at Sunset Cruise (120 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $27 N/A
Departs daily at 7:45PM (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
*Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise (120 minutes)
Adult $30 Seniors $27 Children $15
Departs every Wednesday at 8:30 PM and Saturday at 9:15PM (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Location

*Wendella Dock 400 North Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building
**Wendella Dock at Trump Tower West of the Wrigley Building at Kinzie & Rush (lower level)