It's a New River Summer Cruise

Tags: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Chicago River's Summer Cruise on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  For the first time, we journey northbound past the North Avenue bridge to feature speaker pop ups on the new Riverwalk, urban design, transitions between industry and recreation. As such, this year's theme is "It's a New River". With food, open bar, and a surprise performance, Friends' Summer Cruise is generously sponsored by Presenting Sponsors PepsiCo and the Wendella Sightseeing Company, and benefits Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.


Below you will find all of the final details for tonight.


Boarding time: Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. and the cruise departs promptly at 6 p.m. Check in with a Friends volunteer upon arrival to receive your boarding pass. You do NOT need a printout. If you’ve purchased tickets in advance, you’re on the list. General boarding will occur at 5:45pm, but feel free to mingle, buy raffle tickets, and meet the other guests while you wait. Sponsors will be able to hop on the boat when it arrives at 5:30pm.

Boarding Location: Cruise leaves from and returns to the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower, located on the plaza between Trump Tower and the Wrigley Building on the north side of the river. You may access the plaza from Michigan Avenue or Wabash Ave.


Come early and buy raffle tickets before boarding.  We have phenomenal raffle prizes this year that includes tickets see the Cubs and White Sox, a boat rental from Chicago Electric Boat Company, a membership to the Belmont Yacht Club, and many food and entertainment packages around Chicagoland.  Tickets will also be available day of if you have some friends who would like to join us! Come hungry and thirsty as we have complimentary food and drink courtesy of Inspired by Catering, Seoul Taco, MillerCoors, Pepsico, and Lodge Management Group/the Redhead Piano Bar.


We’re cruising onward rain or shine.  There are also ponchos for $5 on the boat.   

For more information please call (312) 939-0490 ext. 28 or contact

You can still buy your tickets here or buy them at the dock.

Presenting Sponsors:
Wendella Sightseeing Company

Lead Sponsors:
The PrivateBank
Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Clark Construction
Entertainment Cruises
McHugh Construction
Weaver Consultants Group
The Wrigley Building

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