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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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Address: 112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Southeast Corner of Michigan and Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: +1 847-358-1330
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Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises...

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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Great Way to See Chicago's Waterfront

We learned so much about the history and architecture of Chicago during the 90 minute tour. Our docent was knowledgeable, detailed and threw in a bit of humour and the time went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Morpeth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We learned so much about the history and architecture of Chicago during the 90 minute tour. Our docent was knowledgeable, detailed and threw in a bit of humour and the time went quickly. It was a relaxing way to see so many different buildings and learn the inside stories behind some of the buildings and their architecture. We had a... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent cruise with unique view from the River on Chicago architecture foundations. The guide was professional and prepared and we had all the time to take pictures of the buildings, Bring a zoom and a wide-angle with you. Cruise really recommended!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed this architectural cruise on the Chicago River. The docent was very knowledgeable and easy to follow.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Informative trip to understand both the history and architecture of the city. Great expert guide. Perfect for first day of a holiday to see the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wery similar to to the cruise of Moscow river. But, these guys are special. All the time they were available to the all the passengers. It was a very warm day and we have a problem with out paying cards. We were very thirsdy, and when the boath leave the port, crew members brig to us our order, witouth paying... More 

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Thank Goran A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth the $44.00. It was so informative, the architects that narrate the trip are lively and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this to people of all ages. 90 minute tour-just great!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Chicago First Lady is the Chicago Architectural Foundation's boat tour. This boat tour focuses more on a pure architectural tour with a volunteer docent who knows more about Chicago's architecture than most people. I'd recommend this tour to someone who wants an in depth history of the buildings up and down the Chicago River. It might not be as... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a great way to spend an hour and a half on a sunny afternoon. We had a docent from the Chicago Architectural Society (I may not have named that 100% accurately) and she was perfect! We learned so much and enjoyed the many stories of buildings old and new as well as seeing the many twists and turns of... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I read this was a not to be missed, and the reviews were correct. The docent that spoke and gave us the history of Chicago and its buildings was EXCELLENT. She wouldn't even accept tips, which were well deserved. She knew so much and kept everyone's interest. You won't be sorry if you take this cruise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great way to experience Chicago. We purchased tickets for the office Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. For 90 minutes we were guided through the Chicago River and given insight into the Windy City's history and architectural diversity. Our guide was a docent of the Foundation and was knowledgable and informative while also being entertaining. Make sure to have... More 

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