Signature Lake and River Tour - 90 Minutes


Wendella’s signature tour since 1935 is a comprehensive overview of Chicago, offering breathtaking views of our magnificent skyline and 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 tour guide, an expert in Chicago's architecture and history, will lead you through the Main Branch of the Chicago River and through the Chicago Lock out to Lake Michigan. This tour is kid-friendly and will entertain everyone, particularly those with a desire to experience the beauty of Chicago’s remarkable skyline.

As another way of giving back to the community, a portion of the ticket price goes directly toward the construction and development of the Chicago Riverwalk, scheduled for completion in 2016.

General Tour Information


Boarding for each tour will begin 15-30 minutes before the tour time. There is no reserved seating, as seating is first come first serve. All groups should arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time. Each boat has 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. 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.

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.

You can view more information about the Signature Lake & River Tour on our event page.

Photos


More Photos

Tickets

90 Minutes
Adult: $35.50 | Senior (65 & up): $32
Child (3-11): $16.50 | Infant (2 & Under): Free

Have a group of 20 or more?
Group Rates

  • 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.

Reviews

"Wendella Sightseeing Boats is well worth the money! You get beautiful views of the city, and the boat stops long enough at the really pretty scenes. It's very informative and fun!"

Yelp (August 4, 2014)

"No obstructive views. Guide was a charming storyteller with his M.A. in history. You can't get views like these any other way."

TripAdvisor (October 17, 2014)

"This is my go-to sightseeing in Chicago when someone comes to visit. Take the river and lake tour. It's beautiful on a nice day, has plenty of interesting information, and you get to see how the lock works."

Yelp (September 7, 2014)

"The best part of this trip was the tour guide. He made this trip very worthwhile. We took the river and lake tour and learned so much about Chicago, Chicago River and Lake Michigan. He knew history, architecture, geography. . ."

TripAdvisor (October 12, 2014)

Signature Lake and River Tour Schedule

March 13 - April 30
10:15am
1:00pm
2:00pm
4:45pm
5:45pm
May 1 - May 22
10:15am
11:30am
12:45pm
2:00pm
3:15pm
4:30pm
5:45pm
7:15pm
May 23 - Sept. 7
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:30pm
Sept. 8 - Oct.15
(Mon - Thurs)
10:15am
11:30am
12:45pm
2:00pm
3:15pm
4:30pm
5:45pm
7:15pm
Sept. 11 - Oct. 18
(Fri - Sun)
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:30pm
Oct. 19 - Nov. 29
10:15am
1:00pm
2:00pm
4:45pm

Safety & Security

Our Safety & Security procedures

Parking & Directions

Directions to our docks as well as parking locations.

ADA & Accessibility

Information on ADA & Accessibility.

Questions

FAQs and Wendella contact information.