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Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises

Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises
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From US$ 27 per person

Likely to sell out

Cruise down the Chicago River and see the city’s most spectacular landmarks on a boat cruise with live, family-friendly commentary and a full-service bar on board.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 45 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Navigate with your family through the heart of the City on the Chicago River
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes Chicago architecture so amazing
  • Relax on board with locally sourced food and drinks from the full-service cash bar
  • Pre-purchase your ticket to skip the line and guarantee your place on this popular cruise
Full description

Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features an indoor and outdoor deck, along with live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Treat yourself to a full-service cash bar at your own expense. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago, exploring the city free of traffic, noise, and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the open-air decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Includes
  • Local tour guide
  • Outdoor and interior deck access
  • Climate-controlled seating
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips

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Meeting point

The closest address to most docks is 400 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago (near the Wrigley Building). From there, you can check in with a dock employee who can direct you to your boarding area.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Food and drinks

Know before you go

  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Children under 4 years of age are free
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • All bags are subject to a security search
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 545 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.5/5

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awesome, interesting & beautiful! make sure you know where you’re going & arrive 15 min early. our friends uber dropped them in the wrong spot so we barely made it & had to stand during the tour which honestly wasn’t bad, but the earlier you arrive you’ll get your choice of seats.

January 7, 2023

My whole family loved this! It was miserably cold and my kids still enjoyed it! The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, and entertaining, and the night tour was especially cool because we got to see the city all lit up. My 10-year-old declared it his favorite part of the trip. I Highly recommend!

October 19, 2022

We went at night….so dress to be warm but it was completely worth it. The Chicago skyline is just so interesting, and our tour guide was great. Even my two boys aged 9 and 14 sat and listened to the information regarding the different building’s architectural design. Got some amazing photos! We were cold but overall would highly recommend.

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October 15, 2022

Product ID: 361750