Narrated Tours

Wendella features a variety of distinctive tours, all focusing on the history and architecture of the city and led by a trained professional tour guide.

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Cruises

For an exciting way to experience Chicago, join us on Thursdays throughout the summer for our Beer & BBQ Cruise or our Wine & Cheese Cruise.

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Private Events

We are dedicated to planning the perfect event for you and your guests. Our vessels include a full service bar and on most vessels, a climate-controlled main cabin.

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Experience Chicago with Wendella

Chicago family-owned and operated since 1935, Wendella is Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®. Located at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, our mission is to provide you with a comfortable, affordable, fun day on the waterways.

Friends' Festive Summer Cruise

June 28th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Adult: 2 for $150 or $85 each

This year, in addition to a unique Chicago River itinerary, enjoy food from Inspired by Catering and Events and Seoul Taco and an open bar. Our cruise will feature exciting pop up events celebrating urban design, industry, recreation, and the wildlife along the river. This cruise celebrates the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum where locals and guests from all over the world can learn about the Chicago River. This year's theme is It's a New River. Come see why! Wendella Sightseeing Company is a Presenting Sponsor and is proud to support Friends of the Chicago River's Bridgehouse Museum. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.chicagoriver.org.


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  • ALL SEATING IS GENERAL. Many tours sell out so it is recommended to arrive early.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to other tours, times, or dates.
  • All tours are weather permitting and schedule may change daily.
  • Ticket sales close 5 minutes prior to departure.
  • Schedule subject to change without notice.
  • All tours subject to availability.
  • Discounts

  • 50% off on Tuesdays for College Students with a valid Student ID from an accredited College or University. *Must be purchased at the ticket office to receive the discount. Not valid on holidays.
  • 50% off for active-duty U.S. Military personnel and their spouses with a valid ID. *Must be purchased at the ticket office to receive the discount. Not valid on holidays.
  • $10 off for U.S. Veterans and Reservists with a valid ID. *Must be purchased at the ticket office to receive the discount. Not valid on holidays.
  • 50% off for City of Chicago First Responders with a valid ID. *Must be purchased at the ticket office to receive the discount. Not valid on holidays.

Water Taxi

Wendella also operates the Chicago Water Taxi, which provides transportation services on the Chicago River.    

Schools & Groups

Wendella is continuously chosen as a popular field trip destination by school groups and camp groups every year, educating students on Chicago's history and architecture.    

Safety

The United States Coast Guard inspects, licenses and certifies all Wendella vessels and their operators for passenger service.    

Corporate Cruiser Program

Wendella's Corporate Cruiser Program allows corporations to receive an exclusive rate on its unique experiences on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.