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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
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Only the Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort on the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in The Best of Chicago
112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
+1 847-358-1330
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We expected it to be a tourist trap but a good excuse to see the city. Ended up being eye opening and fascinating. The guide, Adrian, was fantastic. She’s a volunteer but threw her heart into it. Well played

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The tour was our favourite part of our Chicago trip. Beautiful views and learned a ton. Guides are volunteers who are passionate about Chicago and its architecture and it shows!

Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great way to learn about Chicago history through its architecture. Don't miss this overview - Guides are very knowledgeable. In some cities you walk the architecture, or take a city bus, in Chicago you ride the river to see how it evolved and continues to...More

Thank Marilynska
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent !! Very informative docent. We learned a lot. Chicago sure loves its architecture !! Don’t know anything about the other tours, but this one was well worth it!

Thank monthoya
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best way to learn some history and spend time on the water. Beautiful day and the tour was really impressive. The boat was huge and fit so many people comfortably and the guide was so knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the entire experience and recommended this...More

Thank emnp1031
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is something everyone who visits Chicago should do. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable not just about the building of Chicago but the history and significance of the river and the city itself. This was a very informative and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Thank Scott T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Debated doing this river cruise or city tour bus for introduction to Chicago and so glad this was our choice. It began to rain while we were waiting to board the boat but we still chose to sit up top. You can purchase a rain...More

Thank N5523BElisal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent choice! The docent was very knowledgeable about the Chicago history and explained the different architectural styles of the building along the river. Cruising the river is a must. Well worth the time.

Thank Camille K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our brisk morning cruise. This is so informative and well worth the cost. I wish we had gone earlier on during our visit so we could have had more time to visit some of the buildings we saw from the river.

Thank Debi B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this cruise along the river looking at beautiful buildings from the past, present and future. Run by the Chicago Architecture Centre, our guide was knowledgeable and kept up a running commentary (history and architecture) for the full 2 hours we were on the...More

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October 24, 2018|
Response from sachacutie | Reviewed this property |
Their website reflects tours available through November 18th. Hope this helps! Chicago is fabulous - Enjoy!
October 24, 2018|
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Response from dankane90 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I do not think these sort of tours operate November- March, as the river and lake are usually frozen here during those months. However, there may be some indoor heated tours that run during those months. You might want... More
October 15, 2018|
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