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“Best thing we did in Chicago!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chicago's First Lady Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Chicago's First Lady Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
Southeast corner of Michigan & Wacker, Chicago, IL 60611 (The Loop)
847-358-1330
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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.
Halifax, Canada
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“Best thing we did in Chicago!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We loved this tour! The guide who was very knowledgeable, and we learned a lot. And it was a relaxing way to travel through the city. We took the 4 pm tour so we saw the buildings in daylight at the start, and then had the opportunity to see them with their lighting as we ended the tour in the dark. Fantastic.

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“Chicago River Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This cruise is wonderful! You get to see close up views of some of the best architecture in Chicago. It is a fun and relaxing way to see the city and to learn about some of it's history and culture.

Visited May 2012
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“Best tour in Chicago”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Beautiful river cruise with information on the top architectural masterpieces viewable from the river.

Visited October 2012
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“Great tour, enthusiastic guides, do NOT miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Really, this is one of the most unique tours I've ever been on.
It is a great boat ride that gives you a different perspective of the city, allowing you to take some fantastic photos, AND, gives you a great overview of architecture in the city.
I am into architecture and while the tour isn't heavy on detail, it does give a good overall picture of architecture in downtown. It is definitely accessible to the average person.
The guides (all volunteers) are very knowledgeable, interesting and volunteer to stay behind for as long needed to answer your questions once the tour is over.
Yes, it is pricey, but it is a solid 1.5 hours of non-stop talking. This is a MUST-do in Chicago.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I have done this tour twice now, once during the summer and one in late September. The last one got a bit cold. But this is such an interesting tour. Interesting guides and sights. Well worth spent money and time. Perhaps a bit boring for the children though.

Visited September 2012
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