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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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Quintessential Chicago Tour

Great, comprehensive Chicago tour. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Really nice way to get an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sacha L
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Super hot but great tour

We took this tour on the first truly hot weekend in Chicago. It was a great tour. The volunteer... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
txlibrarygoddess
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great, comprehensive Chicago tour. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Really nice way to get an overview of Chicago.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took this tour on the first truly hot weekend in Chicago. It was a great tour. The volunteer guide obviously has a love of the city and a desire to share that love. I learned so much about the Chicago skyline and a bit...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Having done this architectural river tour twice over the past couple of years, I can honestly say that it is a must when visiting Chicago. The tour is very well organized, the volunteer guides on both occasions were extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and obviously passionate about...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a great way to see Chicago. At $47/pp, this was not the cheapest tour but well worth it. We learned so much about Chicago’s unique architecture and associated history. All of the docents are volunteers and highly knowledgeable. A big thank you to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend, his family and I embarked upon this tour on a hot,sunny and warm Chicago summer's day. With cold beers, fascinating facts and unique views of the cityscape and insight into its varied architectural styles; the afternoon tour with Brent on Saturday gave us...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We've been coming to Chicago for over 8 years, we should have done this so much sooner. It was a surprise Father's Day gift and it was really good way to spend the morning. We are already planning to do the other architectural tours after...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great time on the cruise. It was a perfect amount of time, and the doucent from the Architecture Foundation was very knowledgeable. It was a bit pricey but was worth it.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My daughter and I had a very good time on this cruise. It was a great way to learn about Chicago's history through a tour of its architecture. The guide was very knowledgeable. We sat outside on the top level. Drink were for sale downstairs...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I will admit we went during the hottest part of the hottest weekend so far. It was well over 90 degrees and we were baking on the top deck. Our tour guide was well informed but frankly we thought thought the whole tour was boring....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was born and raised in Chicago, but have never seen the city quite like this before. The staff was very knowledgeable, and the cruise atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Everyone had a great time. We will definitely do the cruise again!

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Walt B
June 24, 2018|
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Lindsey S
June 5, 2018|
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Depending on when the sun sets on the day of your cruise, I would time the start of the cruise an hour before sunset. That way you get an hour before and an hour after sunset. Another option would be to start the cruise 2... More
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May 26, 2018|
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