Narrated Tours

Wendella features a variety of distinctive tours, all focusing on the history and architecture of the city and led by a trained professional tour guide.

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For an exciting way to experience Chicago, join us on Thursdays throughout the summer for our Beer & BBQ Cruise or our Wine & Cheese Cruise.

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Private Events

We are dedicated to planning the perfect event for you and your guests. Our vessels include a full service bar and on most vessels, a climate-controlled main cabin.

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Experience Chicago with Wendella

Chicago family-owned and operated since 1935, Wendella is Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®. Located at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, our mission is to provide you with a comfortable, affordable, fun day on the waterways.

The Original Earth Day River Cruise
(Adult: $25; Students and Non-profit Partners: $10)

Join Friends of the Chicago River and Wendella for the first-ever Earth Day boat ride in Chicago. Learn about the river’s amazing recovery and take part in fun activities such as water quality sampling, litter clean up, and spotting wildlife sights and sounds as we cruise through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River. Lunch is provided. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Celebrate the Chicago River on Earth Day and feel good doing it! For more information, visit

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  • Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to other tours, times, or dates.
  • All tours are weather permitting and the 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 subject to inspection.

Water Taxi

Wendella also operates the Chicago Water Taxi, which provides transportation services on the Chicago River.    

Schools & Groups

Wendella is continuously chosen as a popular field trip destination by school groups and camp groups every year, educating students on Chicago’s history and architecture.    


The United States Coast Guard inspects, licenses and certifies all Wendella vessels and their operators for passenger service.