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90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Chicago, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
  • Enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s top attractions
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of local architecture
  • See the sights of Chicago without getting worn out
  • Take the tour when it’s convenient for you
Indoor and outdoor seating available (indoor is climate controlled)
Narrated tour on board by professionally trained tour guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weapons prohibited by US Coast Guard
  • Outside alcohol is prohibited
  • All bags subject to search
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Employees wearing face coverings and gloves
  • Guests must wear face coverings
  • Increased sanitation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 290 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Sightseeing Boats

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 290 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "If you planning during the winter, a hat and gloves are on the must do list." See review
  • "They have a cabin below to warm up in if needed along with warm adult beverages." See review
  • "The tour guide was very knowledgeable, the staff was friendly and helpful and having the indoor space was a great plus seeing it was 31 degrees outside." See review

Reviews

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Amazing architectural boat ride
Joseph_M
, Sep 2020
This was my first time ever to Chicago, This architectural boat ride down through the rivers of Chicago is amazing and so beautiful.The gray-haired man that told us all about it was a kick in the pants great storyteller kept us interested the whole hour and a half. I just wish I would’ve took more than one of these tours.
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Best views of Chicago
Miriam_M
, Sep 2020
We had the best experience, it’s was well explain funny and entertaining. Beautiful views, the Chicago river Architecture tour made our trip one of the best experience of Chicago. We loved it! Recommend 100%
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Great tour
Kristy_B
, Sep 2020
Tour guide was great Funny and very knowledgeable !!! I would recommend this tour for all ages .... take a jacket lol
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Awesome time on the river
Lionel_
, Sep 2020
Was a great tour. Tom was very energetic and gave all of us a terrific time. I’d do it again tomorrow and definitely recommend for those wanting to learn about the great city of Chicago.
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Awesome Chicago River Architecture tour.
Linda
, Sep 2020
Our tour guide Kenneth was very professional and knowledgeable. He was very personable as well making sure everyone was comfortable. He made a point to ask everyone if all their questions were answered. For this to be his first attempt at public speaking he has skills and a developing lifetime asset. Excellent dramatic photo opportunities were pointed out during the tour. Very clean boat that was nicely socially distanced. Great tour!!
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All over the place
Tim_C
, Sep 2020
Guide was hard to hear and was all over the place.. Skipped around too much. Felt more like a boat ride than tour., city Is beautiful
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Chicago river tour 1.5 hours
Rafael_S
, Sep 2020
Tour was excellent other than when the tourist guide was rude and told everyone on the boat that the guy accross from us on the path should actually not have his shirt off and do more excercise this was very rude should not be saying that as a repspected tour guide for this company people did not laugh yet he must have applogized 4 times because he knoew it wss way off course and very disrespectuful and he should not be allowed to tell jokes if he is actually offending people I am also know that the person that was overweight heard it as well I have nothing more to say at this point I will keep the rest hush hush
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Trustworthy last minute reservation
Yenaida_C
, Sep 2020
The process of scheduling a tour was friendly and precise, we reserve 5 hour before the event started and everything was perfect, in my experience we were able to trust and enjoy the tour reserved via Viator. We read some bad reviews about Viator that are incorrect because are referring to the agency that give the tour.
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WORTH IT
Teresa_R
, Sep 2020
The architecture tour was phenomenal! The guide was superb - totally knew his stuff! Would take family and friends on it in a heartbeat!
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Amazing tour!
Brandy_B
, Sep 2020
Booked this tour last minute, and took the 8 pm cruise. It was fantastic! Our guide Jack was awesome- so knowledgeable about the city and the river. The buildings at night are magnificent. I will recommend this tour to everyone!

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