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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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We took the architectural tour. It's focus was on the buildings on the river, but there was more... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Columbia, South Carolina
Architecture river cruise is a must-do in Chicago!

Great experience! This is the best way to see the city's sites! The volunteer leaders are extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday

We took the architectural tour. It's focus was on the buildings on the river, but there was more to it. There were large doses of history and other interesting information. The guide did an outstanding job of educating and entertaining. Two suggestions -- Bring a...More

Thank smitty237
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great experience! This is the best way to see the city's sites! The volunteer leaders are extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, the boat well equipped and the price is reasonable.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 2 days ago

This cruise is a notch above, just take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Time: Recommend a reservation. We arrived at 5:00 on a Monday and had to buy tickets for Tuesday instead. The 5:30 had a great temperature and only a few moments of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the river cruise 3 years ago in the morning this time we did it at 7:30 in the evening and what another fabulous experience. Our docent was very knowledgeable and shared her experience and love of Chicago very well. The architecture of Chicago...More

Thank Sam S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Have been to Chicago many times. This trip we finally decided to take this tour...so worth it. Very interesting, fun history lesson & great way to spend a morning.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our docent was very witty and made the tour that much better. Learned a lot from the tour which I proudly told my father random facts from the way the river flows to the Mies style buildings. We were very lucky because it didn't start...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The tour is a must if touring Chicago. Even if you are not interested in architecture, the tour is amazing. You are able to see so many buildings that you probably otherwise wouldn't see. The tour guide tells you about the history of the building...More

Thank Samantha P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I attended a conference in Chicago & one of the events was a private dinner sunset cruise. The boat was very nice & the staff was friendly. The cruise lasted several hours & we enjoyed fabulous food & great views of the city. After the...More

Thank hac19
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Architectural cruise was presented by a volunteer of the Architectural foundation. He was so knowledgeable and had a great appreciation for the city and its history. This was a great way to get a glimpse of the entire city and takes great advantage of...More

Thank xSNAPx
Reviewed 5 days ago

Seeing the buildings from the river gives you a totally different perspective on them, particularly because you can see them top to bottom from a distance. The volunteer docent has an abundance of information on each, including their evolution from original purpose and use to...More

Thank jjmom53
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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Salik G
July 10, 2017|
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Response from Meg107 | Reviewed this property |
You need sun cream and sun hat although you could go below, but miss the best of the tour
Leigh H
July 8, 2017|
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Response from hamamama | Reviewed this property |
I was there mid-week in June. We had purchased our tickets online a week earlier. When we tried to add an additional ticket the day BEFORE the cruise, there were NO spots available for that particular morning time slot... More
Kris N
June 12, 2017|
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Response from CharlieinTexas | Reviewed this property |
You are in the direct sun, if you are on the deck -- which is best place for viewing the sites -- pretty much the entire trip.