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Chicago's First Lady Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Address: Southeast corner of Michigan & Wacker, Chicago, IL 60611 (The Loop)
Phone Number: 847-358-1330
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort. Open-air and air-conditioned seating is available. Learn about the architecture and design of over 50 buildings as described by CAF-Certified Volunteer Docents/Guides. Don't settle for imitations, look for the CAF logo. Full Service Bar onboard each vessel. 90-minute river architecture cruises depart daily. Cruising season May - November. All tours depart from Riverside Gardens, Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge). Look for our blue awning.

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you love arquiteture like me ,you must do this... I absolutely love the tur... Just remember to bring a hat! ;) I recommend !

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Monrovia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A jam-packed tour along the Chicago River, where we had an opportunity to learn about architectural styles that developed in Chicago over time. The perspective is spectacular, and the docent we had was incredibly well informed and articulate! A highlight of our time in Chicago, to be sure!!!!

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Pekin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We loved this tour and will do it again! The river cruise started just before sunset, so the views changed dramatically as we floated through the Chicago River. The tour is extremely interesting, hearing about the history of Chicago and the architects. After the sun set, it seemed almost magical, floating through the building all lit up. It was such... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We loved the trip, not just because the fantastic explanation given trhough the cruise, but because the view from the river was fantastic. Don´t miss it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We take the Architecture cruise any time we have family come visit. Each time we learn something new and the guides are always knowledgeable. Whether you are going with a large group or just as a couple, this is a great entree to Chicago. Do the tour before walking around too much and you will have an even better experience... More 

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Palm City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We found the early morning Sunday tour to be excellent, less crowds, better lighting. The staff was informative and friendly. The tour was great!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Well.. this is not just a regular cruise.. this cruise gives you a lot knowledge and 5 stars views.. this is a perfect class for modern building history. So much to see that sometimes you need to see both side of river.. and people just keep taking photos.. I enjoyed it a lot and would do it again.. very unique... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We loved this tour. We took it on a Sunday morning before we left for the airport and it was a great way to end the weekend. Packed with history and architecture of Chicago- the tour provides context to the city your are visiting. For those of you who read Devil in the White City- they reference that novel a... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Well worth the time and money! You get to see Chicago from the Chicago River AND Lake Michigan. Plus very interesting and informative commentary on the many buildings and sites your sail by. Relaxing and fun. Be prepared for when you go out onto Lake Michigan as the waters can get a little rougher, the temperatures colder, and the ride... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was a perfect day to take the not to be missed Architecture River Tour of Chicago. We had such a great time and learnt a lot. Very informative, jam packed with history of the structures that line the river through downtown Chicago. It was a great way to see the city. Be sure to take your camera for all... More 

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