Specialty Cruises

Whether you're a beer drinker, wine lover, or enjoy trying new cocktails, Wendella's Specialty Cruises provide a fun social setting for guests to sample local food and drinks while cruising the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Specialty Cruise options include a Beer & BBQ Cruise with Goose Island Brewery and Sweet Baby Ray's; and a Wine & Cheese Cruise with Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. Unlike our traditional tours, our specialty cruises do not include a narration, but a tour guide is on board to answer questions about Chicago's history and architecture. Specialty Cruises are offered 5:45-7:45pm on select Thursdays throughout the season. Wendella has carefully selected its local food and drink partners for these cruises, to ensure our guests are provided with a unique and unforgettable Chicago experience. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Identification with proof of age required.

Specialty Cruises depart from the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower, located West of the Wrigley Building at the lower level of Kinzie and Rush.


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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.

Cruises Offered

Wine & Cheese Cruise (Adult: $60 - 2 hours) - Start your weekend early, relax with a glass of wine and take in the evening views of the Chicago skyline! Enjoy sweet and savory wine and cheese pairings from Pastoral while cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Beer & BBQ Cruise (Adult: $60 - 2 hours) - Gather your friends and share this exciting Chicago favorite! Sample a variety of local beers from Goose Island Brewery paired with authentic barbecue bites from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Enjoy these Chicago favorites while cruising Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Cheers to the weekend!

4th of July Fireworks Cruise (Adult: $49 Child: $34 - 2 hours) - Wendella’s 4th of July Fireworks Cruise heads out to Lake Michigan for the Navy Pier fireworks. This cruise will lead you north and south along the city’s spectacular lit up skyline. This is a unique way to celebrate the 4th of July and experience Chicago! This kid-friendly cruise is offered on the 4th of July and includes a brief narrated tour.

Magnificent Mile Holiday Cruise (Adult: $39 Child (4-12): $18 (Under 4): Free - 2 hours) - Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Wendella! Join us for a kid-friendly fireworks cruise on the Chicago River during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Enjoy seasonal music and a brief narrated tour. Fireworks will be at 7. We DO NOT see the parade. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase and Wendella will provide complimentary hot apple cider, hot cocoa, and cookies!

St. Patrick's Day Cruise (Adult: $65 - 2 hours) - View the annual dyeing of the Chicago River from one of our vessels and experience a Chicago tradition. Unlike our traditional tours, this cruise does not include a narrated tour, but instead features festive Irish music. A full-service cash bar, including green beer is available on board.

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