Wendella's Signature Lake & River Tour (90 Minutes)


A Chicago family tradition since 1935, this is the tour that started it all. This unique excursion tells the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture. The journey begins with an up-close perspective of Chicago’s internationally-known architecture as seen from the Chicago River. Then venture through the Chicago Lock on to the calm, cool waters of Lake Michigan for expansive views of Chicago’s extraordinary 26-mile skyline. Take the selfie of a lifetime on this inspirational experience!

Tickets

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

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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.

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. 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 15-30 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.

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?

"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!"

Review 1 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."

Review 2 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."

Review 3 Yelp September 7, 2014

"Wendella’s signature tour since 1935."

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.