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Chicago Sunset Cruise

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

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Overview

Drink in a one-of-a-kind perspective on the Windy City when you go for an evening cruise, perfectly timed to coincide with the sunset. Hop aboard your open-top vessel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, and cruise along the Chicago River, where your guide will point out architectural highlights. Then, see the skyline from a distance, and watch the skyscrapers light up, when you continue to Lake Michigan for a sunset viewing.
  • Admire a perspective of Chicago that most visitors miss on this boat tour
  • Explore after dark to see the city's glittering lights come on
  • Spy the Wrigley Building, Willis Tower, Hancock Building, and more
  • Learn all about Chicago architecture from the live narration
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400 N Michigan Ave , 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

The vessel departs and returns to Wendella's Michigan Avenue Docks located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, at the base of the Wrigley Building. Look for the blue "Wendella" awning over the dock staircase. Descend the stairs to the river-level dock.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Contact tour operator for wheelchair & ADA access
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wendella Tours & Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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:
Where do we meet for the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:We are located at 400 N Michigan Avenue at the historic Wrigley Building. Wendella has four dock locations that extend west from the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge to Wabash Avenue.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there parking available for the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:There are two parking garages near the departure point: AMA Plaza parking at 401 N. State Street and InterPark Public Parking at 430 N. Rush St. (Parking fees apply at both locations.)
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Chicago Sunset Cruise handicap accessible?
A:We operate 3 boats with wheelchair lifts between decks. All our boats can accommodate wheelchairs & have toilets that are ADA compliant. For guests who are deaf or hard of hearing, a written script of the narration is available at the ticket office.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal with me on the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:A service animal is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Pets and dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms available on board the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:Yes. Restrooms are located on the lower deck of each vessel; changing tables are also available in each restroom.
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:Boarding begins 15-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Apr 2021
Q:
Does the Chicago Sunset Cruise operate in bad weather?
A:Our cruises depart rain or shine. Our vessels include sheltered areas and climate-controlled lounges. Ponchos are available for purchase onboard. However, in cases of severe weather where the cruise must be canceled, all guests will be refunded.
Apr 2021
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Is the boat climate controlled during the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:Most of our vessels feature an enclosed climate-controlled lounge on the lower deck with speakers to hear the tour guide’s narration. If you have a concern about whether your vessel has an interior lounge, please call the phone number on your ticket.
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Is food/drink available during the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:A full-service bar is available onboard. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an assortment of snacks, are available for purchase. Bar sales are credit cards only. No cash purchases.
Apr 2021
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Can I store my luggage during the Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it is subject to inspection.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Cruise.

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  • "They played great music making it romantic if you're there as a couple." See review

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star-5
Enjoyed the cruise and...
louis_d
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the cruise and the beautiful sunset. Was able to see the fireworks and some beautiful buildings
star-5
The sunset cruise was...
Parke_S
, Jul 2022
The sunset cruise was amazing. The city looks amazing at sunset and lit up at night. The fireworks were a plus!
star-5
Worth it
Yelitza_M
, Jul 2022
The views are breathtaking. Such a chill ride. People were friendly. The tour guide was great. Bottled water is $5 so that’s a bit steep.
star-5
Beautiful Experience
Boris_V
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the overall experience. Was beautiful night. The tour guide was knowledgeable. Thank you so much.
star-4
Solid Trip
Alden_J
, Jul 2022
Great experience as long as you dont stand on the bottom level the whole time. A wave crashed a soaked my shoes (ruining them) and my pants from the knee down. All in all great anniversary experience. Would definitely recommend for a friend group for drinks.
star-3
Different cruise
Tim_W
, Jul 2022
Was not able to board the sunset cruise so had to take the river cruise instead. This cruise was fine just not what I signed up or paid for.
star-5
Beautiful views! Romantic! A must do!
Jozlyn_W
, Jul 2022
The views we amazing! Such a great experience! Great for a romantic date or just a great way to learn about Chicago
star-5
Sunset Cruise in Chicago
Isabel_A
, Jun 2022
Chicago at night was out of this world! We also saw fireworks! That was a plus and we were not expecting it. It was awesome!
star-5
Great crew & Great Views!
Tammy_S
, Jun 2022
When we finally made it out onto the lake, it was beautiful! Thank you for making our sunset cruise into an “accidental” fireworks cruise also! This won’t be our last Chicago cruise!
star-5
Cruise was nice, had an...
Nisreen_A
, Jun 2022
Cruise was nice, had an amazing time however the app sucks. I thought I would be able to pull my tickets up through the app. There is a button you can push that says "view tickets" but it takes you to the internet for you to sign in again. Pointless.
star-3
It was awight. Had other...
Clato_S
, Jun 2022
It was awight. Had other expectations. Some things were un controllable but I would recommend to others.
star-5
Cool experience
Molly_D
, Jun 2022
Very cool experience. Absolutely wild liquor costs. The host was great. Felt very safe. Got to see and hear about some very cool buildings on the CR.
star-2
Terrible advertising
Kaylee_B
, Jun 2022
I made reservations for the sunset cruise so my boyfriend and I could have a romantic boat ride. I paid a fair price, thinking that this would be smaller in size and spaced out evenly from people. However, we came to the port of entry and discovered that tickets were being sold the last minute to traveling tourists. We thought that this was reservation only and so people that paid last minute were able to get better seats than us on top of the boat. By the time we boarded, the only seats available were the seats below the deck. We thankfully sat next to friendly people, however this was not the experience I paid for. Not to mention that as the boat ride progressed, people who got good seats on the upper deck came to the lower deck and blocked our vision. There were some people who would even take seats on the lower deck if they were open. I will admit that we did get decent photos however I was super irritated that this was supposed to be a romantic, calm, quiet boat ride in terms of seating and spacing. But the fact that they were selling tickets last minute to tourist who were walking the streets place that above us who made reservations months in advance. Do not recommend, spend your money on a better boat.
star-5
Beautiful skyline views.
Chad_B
, Jun 2022
Beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. There was a few architectural stories told on the way to the lake, after that it was all about the views.
star-5
Great trip! Would do again!
Rebecca_M
, Jun 2022
Had a great guide (Bobby) on the trip. Due to delays to get to the channel, he added in an architectural tour. That was the best part. Everything was great but enjoyed learning about the buildings in Chicago.
star-5
Don't be foolish, take the CRUISE!
Deidre_E
, Jun 2022
From start to finish nothing but good vibes, good people, good views, and good drinks. The host was so alive and vibrant! She made the cruise so much more enjoyable besides from the views which were beautiful along with the weather. I will MOST DEFINITELY recommend this cruise to ANYONE! Thanks Chicago Sunset Cruise and Staff!
star-4
Nice and relaxing.
Lisa_L
, Jun 2022
Cruise was nice but the drinks were watered down and lil weak. And cudnt always see the sites they were talking about pending upon wht side of the ship u were on but otherwise nice tour.
star-5
It was a beautiful...
Nahomi_C
, Jun 2022
It was a beautiful experience. I would recommend it. It lets you experience Chicago from a different view. The sunset was perfect and so was the weather.
star-5
LOVELY Evening :)
Mariana_L
, Jun 2022
GREAT TRIP and would highly recommend to others! What a wonderful way to see and learn a little more about Chicago :) Our guide Bobby was amazing as well!
star-5
Very nice experience
Marchello_R
, Jun 2022
The cruise was nice. The little architecture history lesson was nice. Very nice atmosphere. Even though it was with other people it was peaceful with wonderful views.

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