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: $39 | Child (4-12): $18 (Under 4): Free

*Prices listed above are the final prices at checkout.

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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.

General Tour Information

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. We suggest that if you have a concern about whether your vessel has a Climate-Controlled Lounge or not, to please call ahead. (312.337.1446) 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 10-20 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.


Wendella offers a 50% discount for active military members and $10 off for veterans. Must present a valid Military ID. Wendella also offers a 50% discount for College Students on Tuesdays all season! Must present a valid Student ID from an accredited College or University. Tickets may only be purchased at the ticket office on the dock if using these discounts.

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 .


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What do our customers say?

"So let me just start off by saying if you can only do one thing while in Chicago let this be it. Not only was the tour one of the coolest things I've been on, I also found the tour guide to be very informative. The boat had a cash bar with air conditioning if you wanted to get out of the heat."

Review 1 Brian H. June 5th, 2016

"I've lived in the Chicago area my whole life and I can't believe I've never taken this trip until recently. The architecture in Chicago is spectacular and their expert guide was well prepared and thoroughly knowledgeable. It is a fantastic way to spend an hour in Chicago on a beautiful day."

Review 2 Joshua H. June 21st, 2016

"I was told that taking the Wendella Architecture Tour was a must do while visiting Chicago. They were right! This is a fun and very informative boat tour winding through the river of high rises. While relaxing with a drink you are given a very detailed history of the architecture of the city. Our guide was very nice and extremely knowledgable. I definitely recommend this for your Chicago visit."

Review 3 BaileySue61 May 2016

"Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®."

Safety & Security

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Parking & Directions

Directions to our docks as well as parking locations.

ADA & Accessibility

Information on ADA & Accessibility.


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