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Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Southeast corner of Michigan & Wacker, Chicago's First Lady Boat Dock, Chicago, IL 60604 (The Loop)
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Ranked #10 of 215 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: The Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises was created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and is Chicago's #1... more » Owner description: The Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises was created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and is Chicago's #1 architecture tour. In addition to the River Cruise, CAF offers more than 85 different tours of the city year round. If you happen to be visiting Chicago during the cruise's off season, check out our many other tour options on our website. Also be sure to view the Chicago Architecture Foundation TripAdvisor page to see more reviews. « less
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philadelphia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was very informative and interesting. Learned a lot about the buildings and waterway. It was nice to see and hear about them and then go back on foot and explore the interior of the buildings. It was a relaxing tour and educational.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

A whole lot of people told us to do this. So it was one of the first things we did. I have to say it was a bit dull. A bit of that could be the lady presenting, telling us over and over that it's a shame this building is now converted into condo's. Great way to see the city,... More

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paulinek
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Spent an amazing ninety minutes on this tour. The stories and information shared by the tour guide were enlightening. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago!

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Toronto
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Our first visit to Chicago and, at the end of three action-packed days in this wonderful city, the river cruise was the activity we enjoyed the most. We arrived at the dock at 9.30 am and had no problem getting on the 10.00 boat. Seating is excellent and the sound system is first class. I don't think there is a... More

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Illinois
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I've been on several Chicago architecture cruises over the years, and this one really stood out. Our docent (Mike?) was excellent. I learned a great deal. He was particularly adept at connecting styles and architects together throughout the cruise. The cruise costs a little more than some but is 15 minutes longer. It was fun to see parts of the... More

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great to hear all about the architecture even if you're not "into" architecture. Guide couldn't get more words in than he did on the 90 minute tour. Perhaps use of the occasional pause would have been good. Weather was pleasant which certainly helped. Would recommend this.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised by the Architecture Boat Tour offered by the CAF (there are others). I'm not sure what I expected but our guide, Dorothy (Agnes?) was very knowledgeable about Chicago's history and how it influenced the building styles of the time. We showed up at 11am and the only tickets left were for those after 4pm, so I... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We took the Chicago Architectural Foundation boat cruise at 1:30pm on a Wed. in early October. To find the boats, go to the junction of N. Michigan and E. Upper Wacker Drive. Take the steps down to the River Walk and head east toward Lake Michigan. You will see the boats tied up along the walk. Purchasing tickets on-line will... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We had a great boat tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The dock was easy to find - you just go to the corner and take the stairs down to the water. From there, they tell you which pier to meet at for your tour and you wait and board the boat. After a brief introduction from the captain (where... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Travelling by boat is the best way to see the architecture in Chicago. The Chicago River and its North and South tributaries cause an undisturbed visual isolation that spotlights the impressive architecture. Everyone I spoke with prior to my trip mentioned taking this boat tour and they were all right. It is a Do Not Miss attraction.

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