Chicago's Original Architecture Tour® (75 minutes)

Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.


75 Minutes
Adult: $35.50 | Senior (65 & up): $32
Child (3-11): $16.50 | Infant (2 & Under): Free

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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.


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Climate-Controlled Lounges

If the weather isn't ideal for outdoor seating, most Wendella vessels feature an indoor climate-controlled lounge on the bottom deck with speakers to hear the tour guide's narration. The lounge area offers windows on both sides of the vessel to still be able to see the sights during your tour.

Restrooms, Food, and Drinks

Also located on the bottom deck of our climate-controlled lounge are restrooms and a full service bar with snacks, such as chips and candy (no meals or food are served), and a selection of beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. All vessel bars accept cash and all major credit cards.

General Cruise Information

Boarding for each tour will begin 15-30 minutes before the tour time. There is no reserved seating, as seating is first come first served. All groups should arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time. All tickets are non-refundable, however, in the event you are unable to make your scheduled tour date or miss the boat, all tickets are transferrable to another time, date, or tour. Tours depart rain or shine. However, in cases of severe weather, if the Captain deems it unsafe and cancels the tour, all guests will be refunded. Information about wheelchair accessibility to our docks/vessels can be found on our ADA & Accessibility Page. At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English. There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it may be subject to search.

Unfortunately we do not offer AAA discounts, but follow us on Twitter or Facebook for promo codes and discounts!

For more answers to your questions, please check out our FAQ page.

You can view more details about this tour on our event page.


"This was an unforgettable boat ride highlighting the many beautiful high rises along the Chicago River. It is a completely different view of the buildings we all view mostly from the car. A knowledgable tour guide gives history and other details of each building. Just a great afternoon cruising the river!!!"

TripAdvisor (September 2, 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."

Yelp (August 19, 2014)

"This tour was great because you have the opportunity to experience the joys of sight seeing in a different way. Floating between massive skyscrapers on a beautiful windy Chicago day... Nothing quite like it :) Prepare to capture spectacular views of some of the most beautiful buildings in the world."

TripAdvisor (August 31, 2014)

"The architecture tour is amazing. Highly recommended. If you only have one day- make this tour a priority! Loved it."

Yelp (September 19, 2014)

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Parking & Directions

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