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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 #11 of 207 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This 90-minute tour takes you up and down the Chicago River. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent gave an excellent introduction to Chicago's architectural history and descriptions of the many significant buildings we passed.The tour runs a number of times each day. We bought out tickets for a weekday afternoon a couple of hours before the tour at the Foundation's office,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing! Marcy was our cruise guide, excellent, fresh narration. The cruise goes across the Chicago river so you can see the hole city and buildings

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Calgary
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91 reviews 91 reviews
12 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There are an assortment of companies offering the ever popular river cruise in Chicago and I am not in a position to comment on the difference between each. I chose this company based on its solid reputation and positive reviews. Visitors and Chicago residents alike strongly recommended the tour to me and indeed it is very worthwhile, if decidedly a... More

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Saratoga, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in architecture (at all), then this cruise is well worth the money. I runs for about 75 to 90 minutes, but you get to see a lot of buildings. The river offers a great perspective. It is one of the few places where you can get far enough away to really see the buildings. The guides... More

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Wow. Take this tour at 7:30 for 90 minutes and get to see the fabulous skyscrapers light up at night. It is awesome! Get there early to line up for the best seats on top for a great view.

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Los Angeles
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Architecture Cruise is a fabulous experience. We took the first cruise of the day when we visited a few years ago, so this time, we took an evening cruise so we could see the lights. Both cruises were excellent. Book early and get there early to get your choice of seats. Plenty to do around the area if you... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

90 minute cruise with an encyclopedic tour guide. She was amazing! The buildings are spectacular and this was the best way to see and learn about them. It was VERY hot-I recommend water, a hat and sunglasses. You are out in the open, but that means all had a good view.

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nashville
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We purchased a night tour at the last minute and glad we did. The tour takes you on a 75 minute trip along the Chicago River for less than $15 with a military ID. The guide points out landmark buildings along the way while adding info about the architect and details of the building. The boat has a cash bar... More

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Austin, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you want to see great Architecture from 30s and contemporary in a hurry, this a must cruise. Check out the timings and stuff before hand. Very informative and pleasant ride.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Fantastic tour of the architecture of Chicago. This was my first time in Chicago so I wanted to find a tour that allowed me to see as much of the city as possible. This was the perfect amount of time and highlighted all the buildings within eyesight of the river. Our tour guide seemed to really like her job and... More

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