Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour



1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

A Chicago family 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 4.90 out of 5 stars based on 20 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor.

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Chicago river architectural tour
Brandi Neylon, Mar 2020 Verified
We thought this was very interesting and loved the personality of our tour guide. He was very informative without being boring and kept our attention throughout the 90 minutes.
Our Response, Mar 2020
Brandi, thank you very much for your positive feedback on the Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour. Rest assured that we will continue to work hard so our customers will have the best experience, always!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us as our customer support team is always on standby to assist you with any of your future travel plans.

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Rayanne P, Nov 2019 Verified
I have done this tour twice now and feel like it is an excellent way to get to know a little bit more of the city and it’s architecture without overkill. It’s location is easy to find (just go to Wrigley building and go down the stairs to the river), the personnel are nice to deal with, and the boat is comfortable. The experience of going through a lock on a boat is fun and unique, and the overall views of the city from out on the lake are extraordinary. Although both guides I had were very knowledgeable, our first, an older gentleman, was better-paced and added more anecdotal information which was entertaining.
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Greg L, Nov 2019 Verified
The weather was overcast. Fog was moving into the city. Seeing the city from the lake with the fog was amazing and then up close through the river was spectacular. To see the city from the lake and river is a must.. Too much to miss out if you are not doing both. The boat was clean and the staff was very professional. However the brightest spot was the tour guide. OMG did she know her stuff. Naming the architecture for every high rise was just mind boggling. I would take this tour again and again in a heart beat. I have taken other lake and river tours and this one is by far the best!
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Bill G, Oct 2019 Verified
Took the Wendell Architectural Tour. Had taken one before, but this one was so much better! We went out into Lake Michigan! Excellent tour guide!
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Bill G, Oct 2019 Verified

Took the Wendell Architectural Tour. Had taken one before, but this one was so much better! We went out into Lake Michigan! Excellent tour guide!

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Maria G, Oct 2019 Verified
The tour was exceptional. I would suggest that the cafeteria has a better snack options. We ran to get into the cruise and we were without breakfast. If we had could gotten a sandwich or yogurt etc, the tour will be more pleasant.
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Maria G, Oct 2019 Verified

The tour was exceptional. I would suggest that the cafeteria has a better snack options. We ran to get into the cruise and we were without breakfast. If we had could gotten a sandwich or yogurt etc, the tour will be more pleasant.

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JOSE F, Oct 2019 Verified

How woukd you feel in a river tour surrounded by skyscrapers? I felt amazed. I will do it again next visit to chicago!!

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Marius F, Sep 2019 Verified

Highly recommended tour. The views of the city from the river and lake are unbelievable! The guide was great!

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Rcmalibiran, Sep 2019 Verified

We were lucky we had a clear, sunny day! It was a great view of the Chicago skyline from the lake. Our host/tour person was knowledgeable, spoke clearly, and professional.

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