Narrated Tours

Wendella Sightseeing Boats is Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®, offering a variety of distinctive narrated tours, all focusing on Chicago's rich architectural heritage and history. Whether you're looking for an in-depth tour or a brief overview of Chicago, Wendella has many tour options to choose from.

Tours are offered seven days a week, March through November.

Tours depart from the Wendella Dock at 400 N Michigan Avenue and 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.


"Just step down from the NW corner of Michigan Ave. and the river. Devoted docents ensure you never get the same tour twice! We go with this company every visit. Full amenities, sunny attitudes."

TripAdvisor (September 22, 2014)

"No visit to Chicago is complete until taking a boat tour through the city. Wendella offers two main tours: (1) architecture tour which takes you through the city of Chicago; and (2) architecture AND Lake Michigan tour which also takes you out on the lake. You MUST do the combo architecture tour and Lake Michigan tour to get the breath-taking view of the Chicago skyline from the lake."

Yelp (October 5, 2014)

"This is a must! the boat was very clean, I think any seat is a good seat, we got up and moved around as did most people. We went in a Wednesday morning and there was not a huge crowd. the tour was informative and very enjoyable. Excellent views and information!"

TripAdvisor (September 16, 2014)

"This was excellent. Being a tourist, this was just a great way to see the city from a different angle as well as being super informative. We took the Architecture tour and it was great. Worth every penny. Great afternoon city activity to get off your feet and relax. "

Tours Offered

Chicago's Original Architecture Tour® (Adult: $35.50 - 75 minutes) departs from the Wendella Main Dock at the Wrigley Building. An expert tour guide in Chicago's architecture and history leads you through all three branches of the Chicago River. This 75-minute tour highlights Chicago's rich architectural heritage, with dramatic views of residential and commercial buildings along the Chicago River. During this tour you will discover a wide range of architectural styles designed by notable architects Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. This tour is suitable for everyone, especially those interested in the architectural history of Chicago.

Wendella's Signature Lake & River Tour (Adult: $35.50 - 90 minutes), Wendella's signature tour since 1935, is a comprehensive overview of Chicago, offering breathtaking views of our magnificent skyline and an up-close perspective from the Chicago River. Departing from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building, this 90-minute tour features a live narration highlighting Chicago’s rich history and architectural heritage. Your tour guide, and 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 will entertain everyone, particularly those with a desire to experience the beauty of Chicago's remarkable skyline.

Chicago Sunset Cruise (Adult: $35.50 - 90 Minutes) is offered as closely as possible to sunset times during summer evenings. Enjoy this 90-minute Sunset Cruise as you watch the sun set over the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan. Departing from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building, this cruise includes a brief narrated tour of Chicago's history and a view of the water and light display at Buckingham Fountain. Enjoy time with friends or a romantic evening with someone special. Whether a tourist or a local resident, Wendella Boats is the best way to experience Chicago.

Chicago River Experience (Adult: $19 - 45 minutes) departs from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building. Family-oriented and casual, this 45-minute tour aboard the iconic Chicago Water Taxi introduces guests to the city's history and architectural heritage. This river-only tour provides you with views of the Main Branch and part of the South Branch of the Chicago River including Willis Tower.

Chicago Fireworks Cruise (Adult: $35.50 - 2 hours) departs from the Wendella Dock at the Wrigley Building and 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. A unique Chicago experience for an evening with someone special, a fun night out with friends, or an exciting night with the family! This 120-minute cruise is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and includes a brief narrated tour.

Chicago River Bridges Tour (Adult: $35.50 - 2 hours) is offered once a month from June-October. Chicago has more moveable bridges than any city in North America; second only to Amsterdam in the world. Join Wendella and Author Patrick McBriarty as we explore the variety of bridges and bridgehouses, no two are the same. The 2-hour tour travels on all three branches of the river and covers more than 20 bridges.

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