Wendella’s Lake and River Architecture Tour

Language: English

Duration: from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours

Tour Highlights

  • Begin your experience in Chicago with this boat tour, which allows you to take in the city's famed architecture from the comfort of a world-class vessel.
  • Take advantage of the onboard full-service bar for beverages so you can kick back and relax while seeing the sights of Chicago.
  • See all Chicago has to offer while learning about the city's complex social, cultural, and political history.

Tour Overview

Start your Chicago experience with the tour that started it all, a real Chicago institution dating back to 1935. While touring the lake and river architecture, you will learn about 200 years of intriguing social, cultural, and political history.

Learn about Chicago's pioneering architecture and how it shaped the city into what it is today. You'll also visit the Chicago Lock and take a sail on Lake Michigan's quiet, chilly waters for broad and breathtaking views of Chicago's incredible 26-mile skyline.

On this motivating trip, take the selfie of a lifetime, and don't forget to buy your tickets immediately.


  • Guided boat tour
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Expert tour guide

Not Included

  • Food and beverages
  • Alcoholic drinks (can be purchased with cash or card on the vessel)


400 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Meeting Point

The Dock is located at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge. Please descend the stairs adjacent to the bridge to the river level.

What to Remember

  • The Captain may deviate from any described tour route if reasonable or necessary for the safety or comfort of the passengers.
  • All bags are subject to inspection.
  • Wendella reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone that appears to be intoxicated, impaired, or otherwise may present a safety concern.
  • Prohibited Items: Outside Alcohol, Weapons of any kind (Firearms, Knives, etc.), Flammables, Explosives.
  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited.
  • Please wear weather-appropriate comfy clothes and shoes.
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible and suitable for pregnant women.
  • Service assistance dogs are welcome on this tour.
  • Don't forget your camera.


Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability.

Booking Fee

Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

Cancellation Policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.