Brief History of Wendella Sightseeing Co. Inc.
Wendella Sightseeing, Co. Inc., a Chicago family owned and operated business is entering its’ 78th 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.
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. Since 1962, the Water Taxi has safely carried an estimated 4 million rail commuters. In 2006, the RiverBus documented more than 19,000 departures and was the official water transportation for Tall Ships Chicago 2006.
The Chicago Water Taxi operates on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Chinatown and Madison Street on the south branch; La Salle Street and Michigan Avenue on the main branch. During the summer, departures and arrivals are scheduled on Monday thru 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.