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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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You have to do the sunset tour!

We took the sunset architectural boat tour with this line and had a WONDERFUL time! We managed to... read more

Reviewed today
CaptTrouble
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Hudson, Wisconsin
Super let down

I have done the tour before and with the right company and right guide it's one of the best... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jay S
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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...more
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112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
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"architectural society"
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"minute tour"
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"top deck"
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"great tour"
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"tour guide"
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"full bar"
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"different perspective"
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"different buildings"
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"architecture cruise"
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"amazing architecture"
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"highly recommend this tour"
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"well worth the money"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed today

We took the sunset architectural boat tour with this line and had a WONDERFUL time! We managed to get seats right on the rail of the bow which helped with taking great photos of all of the historic and interesting buildings. Our tour guide had...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have done the tour before and with the right company and right guide it's one of the best experiences in Chicago. Guide just talked about buildings being office space and condos, didn't give any if the amazing history and stories of Chicago. Super let...More

Thank Jay S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are short of time make sure you do this cruise with the Architecture foundation. Our guide Daniel was incredibly knowledgeable but not too intense and I now have a new appreciation and understanding of architecture and building designs. I will never look at...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You won’t want to miss this boat tour! The docent’s knowledge and the views were superb. If you’re visiting Chicago and haven’t taken this tour, don’t miss it!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We just got back from a 5 day trip to Chicago and can honestly say the best thing we did was this boat cruise with the Architecture Foundation. Our guide was Sandy and he was EXCELLENT; he was so informative, full of knowledge about the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is not the cheapest thing to do in Chicago, however, we enjoyed every minute of the boats tour. The guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation was very knowledgeable and his comments were very interesting and entertaining. If the weather is nice: go for it!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Simply a superb experience. The docent who narrated my tour was extremely knowledgeable, funny and sophisticated. This is a 90 minute tour that does not get boring for a single second. Will do this again next time in town.

Thank Dionysus111
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great architectural history tour. All major beluildings discussed. May not be interesting for young children. Much nicer when it isn't raining, but the first floor is enclosed if it happens. Much easier to book through ticketmaster- they just scan your etickets at boat, and you...More

1  Thank Sheryl B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Once again, this did not disappoint! Having lived in Chicago at one time these boats tours were a must do for all visitors! It has been at least 7 years since I have taken one and it was amazing! Mike the “map maker” is one...More

Thank mdgammon
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are visiting Chicago you have to take an Architecture boat tour. There are many companies offering a touts like that but Chicago's first lady is maybe the best. You will learn a lot about Chicago's history, skyscrapers and the life style in this...More

Thank Yanko V
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scarymary73
May 26, 2018|
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Response from Lyndy B | Reviewed this property |
90 minutes - nearly to the minute
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Brian G
April 28, 2018|
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Response from hqueeniew | Reviewed this property |
They accept debit and credit cards. And, you can order online if you prefer. However, there are no refunds or exchanges to be sure it's the time and day you want.
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Dolores K
April 12, 2018|
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Response from Lisa K | Reviewed this property |
Hi I do think the tour would be fantastic on a sunny day. We did it in the pouring rain, though, so sat outside in our free plastic raincoats they provided. And then hopped inside the cabin to warm up every 20 mins... More
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