Views on Wendella Boat Tours 'can't be beat'

Views on Wendella Boat Tours 'can't be beat'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Rain or shine, the tour boats will be sailing this summer on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Many commuters use the water taxis on a daily basis. But now tourists also have the opportunity to see Chicago from a unique point of view.

The boats have been transporting and entertaining passengers since 1935 - they are a Chicago-owned classic.

The Wendella Boat Tours season typically kicks off on St Patrick's Day. But this year, boats were not able to get out of the South Side harbor until late March. The season is now underway and runs through November.

On the tours, guides give details about Chicago's changing architecture, telling how Chicago went from a trading post city to a major crossroads. Organizers told FOX 32's Joanie Lum even they have their favorite sights along the river.

"Our heart here is always with the Wrigley Building. It has been our home and it is one of the most beautiful buildings here. A lot of people like 333 because you get the reflections of the branches and the Merchandise Mart. And of course when you go through the lock, you get out to the skyline. You cannot beat that anywhere in the world," one tour guide said.

Students who have been on the boat for field trips describe the experience as "cool."

"I like how the boat looked and I liked seeing all the building I never saw before," one student said.

The Water Taxis run every 15 minutes between Michigan Avenue and Union Station. Taxis also go to Chinatown and the north branch of the river. Passengers can purchase all all-day pass for the water taxi for just $8.

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