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Winter weather delays start of Wendella boat rides

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

This season's winter weather is delaying the start of water taxis on the Chicago River.

The frozen river and thick ice on Lake Michigan means boats operated by Wendella Cruises can't make the trip from their winter home on the Calumet River.

Company president Michael Borgstrom said ice surrounding the boats is 20 inches thick.

The company operates the water taxis that travels from a downtown train station to Michigan Avenue's shopping district, Chinatown and the north side. It also operates tour boats.

The season had been set to start Friday, but has been delayed until April 4.

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