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About us

Chicago’s Premiere River Transportation Service

Brief History of Wendella Sightseeing Co. Inc.

Wendella Sightseeing, Co. Inc., a Chicago family owned and operated business is entering it's 80th season as one of Chicago’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues. Founded in 1935 by Albert Borgstrom, a Swedish immigrant, Wendella is now in its third generation of family ownership. The company has been and continues to be an integral part of activities associated with expanded use of the Chicago River and the city’s evolving lakefront. Our mission statement and motto is- “Showcasing Chicago to the World. Setting the Standard for the Industry.“Since its inception, an estimated 14 million passengers have been transported safely on more than 150,000 tours/charters.

Connecting Chicago

The Chicago Water Taxi operates on a closed loop route on the Chicago River, from March to December, shuttling passengers between Chinatown and Madison Street on the south branch; La Salle Street, The Chicago Riverwalk at Clark Street, and Michigan Avenue on the main branch, and North Avenue on the North Branch. During the summer, departures and arrivals are scheduled on Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., weekends from 10:00 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday nights until 11:00pm for Navy Pier fireworks.

The Chicago Water Taxi

In 1962, Wendella started a rush hour commuter service between Michigan Avenue and the Northwestern Railroad Station, enhancing transportation options for the city’s thousands of commuters by utilizing the resources of the Chicago River. Known as the RiverBus since 1999, now the new Chicago Water Taxi, Wendella provides seven-day a week water transportation service to thousands of commuters on every branch of The Chicago River. Since 1962, the fleet has safely carried an estimated 4 million rail commuters. In 2012, the Chicago Water Taxi celebrated its 50th anniversary of bringing commuters from Madison street to Michigan Avenue, and was the official liberty ship for the USS Dewert during the War of 1812 Bicentennial.