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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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Ranked #10 of 301 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's...
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Somewhat pricey, but you get a lot of knowledge about the architecture and history of the city. Additionally, you see the buildings and landscaping from a close-up, different vantage point than you can see normally. It's also a pleasant ride and a change of pace. I thought it was worth the time and money.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The best thing we did in Chicago was taking up the First Lady Cruise. Exciting and memorable. The guide gave a detailed download on the history of the town along with naming the important buildings on our way on both sides of the river. There were tips shared to have a best of Chicago in terms of food and fun.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This tour, led by a volunteer from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a must do for a visit to Chicago. On the day we did the tour, it was bitterly cold, but nevertheless the tour guide kept on throughout with fascinating information about the city and its buildings. A great way to see the city.

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Audubon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A great river tour, a must do during a visit to Chicago. We learned so much about the history of the town due to our excellent tour guide. Absolutely amazing sights of all the beautiful buildings.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Definitely do this if you're a first timer. Useful for history and for getting an idea of the layout, plus some real American history. Our docent was great. We even went in the pouring rain, and it was still enjoyable.

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It's a must do in Chicago, they know their stuff and bring the city's architecture alive! It's a great trip, we have done it 3 tomes and would do it again.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Excellent way to see and experience the city of Chicago architecturally as well as its evolution over the course of history. We were also fortunate to have an excellent Guide who really guided us through this cruise!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This boat tour was the first thing we did on arriving in Chicago and it provided an excellent overview of the Chicago skyscrapers. For the rest of our trip, as we passed buildings around town, we could appreciate what we were seeing. Our teenagers enjoyed it too, taking lots of pictures, and actually remembered some of the facts as we... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was not on my list when I got to Chicago. but I am so happy a friend insisted that we go. Learn about the rich history, enjoy seeing parts for he city you probably would not et to see. And view great building that make up this special town.

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