Signature Lake and River Tour - 90 Minutes


Departing from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building, this 90-minute tour features a live narration highlighting Chicago’s architectural heritage, breathtaking views of our magnificent skyline and up-close perspective from the Chicago River. 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.


Climate-Controlled Lounges


If the weather isn't ideal for outdoor seating, all our vessels have 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 bottom deck in 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 serve. 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.

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

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Closed for 2015

Unfortunately, we are now closed for the 2015 season, but you may purchase tickets for 2016 through July 5th, 2016 by clicking "Next Available" below. We will post the entire 2016 season tickets as soon as they are available! Additionally, you can also buy gift cards that have no expiration dates and can be used toward any tour in the 2016 season.

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.

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.