Chicago River Experience
(45 Minutes)

Offered Friday-Sunday and holidays, May 25th-September 29th, 2019. Experience the energy and spirit of the city on this awe-inspiring voyage through the concrete, steel and glass canyon of downtown Chicago. This casual, family-friendly introduction to the Windy City’s rich history and architectural heritage may be brief but it is not short on discovery and wonder.


45 Minutes
Adult: $21 |
Child (4-12): $7 (Under 4): Free

*Prices listed above are the final prices at checkout.

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  • 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.
  • All bags are subject to inspection.

General Tour Information

Climate-Controlled Lounges

If the weather isn't ideal for outdoor seating, most Wendella vessels feature an indoor climate- controlled lounge on the bottom deck with speakers to hear the tour guide's narration. We suggest that if you have a concern about whether your vessel has a Climate-Controlled Lounge or not, to please call ahead. (312.337.1446) The lounge area offers windows on both sides of the vessel to still be able to see the sights during your tour.

Restrooms, Food, and Drinks

Also located on the bottom deck of our climate-controlled lounge are restrooms and a full service bar with snacks, such as chips and candy (no meals or food are served), and a selection of beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. All vessel bars accept cash and all major credit cards.

General Cruise Information

Boarding for each tour will begin 10-20 minutes before the tour time. There is no reserved seating, as seating is first come first served. All groups should arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time. All tickets are non-refundable, however, in the event you are unable to make your scheduled tour date or miss the boat, all tickets are transferrable to another time, date, or tour. Tours depart rain or shine. However, in cases of severe weather, if the Captain deems it unsafe and cancels the tour, all guests will be refunded. Information about wheelchair accessibility to our docks/vessels can be found on our ADA & Accessibility Page. At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English. There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it may be subject to search.


Wendella offers a 50% discount for active military members and $10 off for veterans. Must present a valid Military ID. Wendella also offers a 50% discount for College Students on Tuesdays all season! Must present a valid Student ID from an accredited College or University. Tickets may only be purchased at the ticket office on the dock if using these discounts.

Unfortunately we do not offer AAA discounts, but follow us on Twitter or Facebook for promo codes and discounts!

For more answers to your questions, please check out our FAQ page .


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What do our customers say?

"This tour is fun for the whole gang and affordable. We found it because the official architecture tour is really expensive (like, even for infants), especially if you are booking for 12 people like we were. So we opted for this tour - and so glad we did."

Review 1 Yelp May 22, 2014

"The views from the river were beautiful and it was a very relaxing ride."

Review 2 Yelp August 16, 2014

"Affordable price, fun ride, nice boats, and informative trip for the architecture piece. Highly recommend."

Review 3 TripAdvisor July 30, 2014

"Experience Chicago's architecture casually with family."

Safety & Security

Our Safety & Security procedures

Parking & Directions

Directions to our docks as well as parking locations.

ADA & Accessibility

Information on ADA & Accessibility.


FAQs and Wendella contact information.