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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 #12 of 206 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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Fox Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

On July 3, 2014 my family and I took an awesome Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard their Chicago's First Lady boat. I live in Fox Lake, IL (an hour or so north of the city) and thought this might be a great item to add to our family reunion itinerary, with half of the group being from out of... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This tour was a real treat in the midst of a bustling city. The Docent was very knowledgeable without being stuffy or pompous. He actually had a fun sarcastic sense of humor. I got a great view of the main buildings of the city and a sense of the historical value of the various architectural styles. And, I now understand... More

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new jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this lecture cruise for a second time last week. Well worth the price for a trip back in time of the history of Chicago architecture along the Chicago River. The docent really knew her material and presented a lively and enjoyable cruise. Be sure to make reservations as this cruise is usually a sell out.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This 90 minute cruise up the Chicago River had a volunteer docent, Barry, who was a wealth of information. He gave us an amazing amount of information about the address, the architects, the type of architecture and even the materials, and all memorized. He had a great sense of humor that helped the time fly. Totally enjoyable.

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Savage, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

A great way to see the city. Our presenter was great and we learned a great deal about the history and buildings of Chicago. We had limited time in the city and this was a great way to see lots in just 90 minutes.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A great way to get acquainted with the city. Informative and beautiful views. After cruising the rivers it makes a short loop out on the Lake for a spectacular view of downtown. Bring some sunscreen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This river tour is one of the best ways to see and learn about Chicago. Definitely was one of the best things that I did there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I've taken this tour twice. The first time was incredible. The docent was so knowledgeable and passionate about architecture. I enjoyed every second and really appreciated the every building described. My second time out I took my family and I was not as pleased. Clearly this second docent was just looking to fill his retirement time and I think was... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Took the 90 minute cruise &, thanks to the docent, Joni, the tour was not only educational but her anecdotes made it thoroughly enjoyable. The seats were comfortable & the breeze on the open deck was welcomed on the hot sunny day. Glad we wore sun hats. Highly recommended intro to this beautiful city.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Absolutely our favorite part of our trip to Chicago! We had a very fun, energetic tour guide - knowledgeable without being too annoying. It was a bit long - so be sure you take sun screen if it's sunny out, but it was so great! It also gave fantastic views of the city - all angles!

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