Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
A note about this tour
All Wendella staff is vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Overview

An authentic Chicago tradition since 1935, this is the tour that started it all. This unique excursion tells the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture. The journey begins with an up-close perspective of Chicago's internationally-known architecture as seen from the Chicago River. Then venture through the Chicago Lock on to the calm, cool waters of Lake Michigan for expansive views of Chicago's extraordinary 26-mile skyline. Take the selfie of a lifetime on this inspirational experience!

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Average 4.77 out of 5 stars based on 157 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Canceria_S, Nov 2021 Verified
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave good information. Experiencing the lock was very interesting.
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
CarmenR_W, Nov 2021 Verified
This lake and river tour is a "must do" tour. I did a walking architectural tour the day before I took this one, but I still enjoyed it. Seeing the views from the boat perspective was beautiful and fascinating. Our tour guide (I'm sorry I don't remember her name) was outstanding! Not only was she knowledgeable and informative, she was entertaining, humorous, and captivating in her delivery. She made learning about the architecture of the city so interesting. At no time did I feel that the info was a repeat of my walking tour. Yes, some of the info crossed over, but it was still interesting because it was presented from a different perspective and view. Our guide was engaging with the passengers and made us feel comfortable, welcomed, and appreciated for taking the tour. I highly recommend this tour to those visiting Chicago, especially for the first time.
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Coxteacher, Oct 2021 Verified
Excellent and Thorough Tour Alex, our guide, was excellent. We loved that the tour included Lake Michigan. We highly recommend this.
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Connie, Oct 2021 Verified
Took my teen who had never been to Chicago before. Trip was gorgeous and informative. I especially liked the feature of traveling the river and then going out on the lake.
Terrific tour of Chicago waters and architecture
Suzanne B, Oct 2021 Verified
Our guide MADE the trip! Please verify who he was and give him kudos! He was so knowledgeable, energetic, and gracious. He did not boast his name - that's why I can't give it to you. We learned SO much - can't remember it all. Will google when I get home so can ID pics for a memory book. I have told everyone how wonderful it was. p.s. It also helped that the weather was perfect!
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
ROLANDO E, Oct 2021 Verified
Fantastic views of the beautiful City architecture from the River and the Lake. The two bodies of water give this City a special charming gorgeous presence.
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Emilia D, Oct 2021 Verified
Interesting and fun tour. Our guide was wonderful; lots of info on architecture of buildings we were seeing and a sense of humor. His explanation of the history of the River and need for the lock was great! Bring out on the lake itself was great!
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
nicole Q, Oct 2021 Verified
I'm from Chicago and took a few friends on the tour, it was awesome!! I actually learned so much myself. We had a great time, the tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. Thank you Wendella!!!
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Ellen F, Sep 2021 Verified
Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. He had lots of great Chicago history trivia. Nice variety of River and lake. Going through the locks was interesting.
Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
Linda, Sep 2021 Verified
Magnificent buildings, awesome views, made you feel that this is America! What a great feeling! Everyone needs to experience.

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