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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 847-358-1330
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Fun Cruise

It was a nice cruise but take it in the warm months , they do have inside seating but you really... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pre T-Day Secret escape

Today, November 19, last Sunday before Thanksgiving, was the last day for Architectural Boat Tours... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Darlene V
Oakland, California
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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 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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112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
+1 847-358-1330

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a nice cruise but take it in the warm months , they do have inside seating but you really lose the beauty of the building . It rained the day we had reserved tickets so no refunds . The guide was very knowledgeable...More

Thank boggie_7
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Today, November 19, last Sunday before Thanksgiving, was the last day for Architectural Boat Tours with this line. We were lucky enough to get to our hotel in time to consider making the last boat trip at 4:00. So glad we did. Patricia the tour...More

Thank Darlene V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went on this tour on a slightly foggy Thursday morning. The hot cider helped keep us warm as we listened to a retired architect describe very unique aspects of Chicago's architecture that I don't think we could have heard anywhere else....More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was by far the best tour of Chicago we did on our trip. Interesting and informative, Jack our volunteer tour guide brought the city to life and taught us a huge amount about the buildings and history. His background in architecture enhanced the tour...More

Thank Walkabou
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the best time. Now this cruise was at 4:00, It was in the upper 30s and we and other brave soul sat on the deck, not below. The tour guide was just amazing. CAF has such knowledgeable people. It's not a memorized script;...More

Thank TJ43528
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several tour companies that do river cruises. Be sure to ride the First Lady Cruises sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The guides on board are free (not allowed to take $) and highly knowledgeable about Chicago's skyline and architecture. It's a combo...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been on many tours, but this is the most amazing tour. Our Docent was so knowledgeable. The amount of info,she provided was phenomenal. Well worth the cost. It was a cold day, and still well worth sitting outside. Downtown Chicago is beautiful.

Thank Bumble37
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this cruise on a cold Saturday (it had snowed the day before) and it was fabulous. It had been recommended to me by two friends who had also enjoyed it. Mike the mapmaker was a great commentator, I don't know how he keeps...More

2  Thank Joanna S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an Architecture buff and this tour was perfect. We cruised up several parts of the river and the tour guide pointed out the buildings and their history. I really liked this tour

Thank Scott E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our six adult family members took this "Chicago's First Lady" cruise when we were in Chicago this October. Our cruise and docent made a remarkable memory for all of us. We did happen to have a beautiful, hot, Autumn day which added to our joy....More

Thank KateYork_PA
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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Andrew S
October 22, 2017|
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Response from dermgoddess | Reviewed this property |
Contact the company directly.., we just did the tour and they did not say tours stopped for the winter. If it is running, just dress in layers. You can also do the walking tour
September 12, 2017|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
We rode the train in so we had no car to park! Otherwise, I have no idea where to park....sorry!
Jessie H
August 29, 2017|
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Response from Jack S | Reviewed this property |
Yes full bar