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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
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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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Must do while in Chicago

This is a must do while visiting or living in Chicago. We go every year. These docent led boat tours are informative and allows you to see and learn about the wide variety of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must do while visiting or living in Chicago. We go every year. These docent led boat tours are informative and allows you to see and learn about the wide variety of Chicago Architecture along the Chicago River.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I need a 'mental health break', I take to the water. Chicago's First Lady Cruises never disappoints. The docents are excellent: informative and entertaining. The views are outstanding, day or night! Need a break? Take a cruise, a Chicago's First Lady Cruise! The best way to see the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to hear history of Chicago! With a bottle of wine😀 Just do this river cruise. So scenic and entertaining

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The architectural river cruise was awesome. Chicago is a city on great sites and buildings and this tour covers much of the best Chicago has to offer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice way to get an overview of the Loop area of Chicago. We actually like to take friends that visit us first on this tour because it's relaxing and they get the general sense of the city before we hit individual points of interest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many Architectural cruises on the Chicago River but there is only one that is done by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The First Lady Cruises are the official cruises of the Foundation and are staffed by highly trained docents from the Foundation. Most of these are volunteers and have an amazing knowledge of the buildings you will see on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boat tour is amazing. Best views you will see of the Chicago skyline. Tour guide was knowledgeable!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

My Wife and I take a tour to Chicago IL. Can't leave this beautiful place with out taking a First Lady Cruises, well recommended is a family attraction to enjoy and the guide is talking all the time about different high rises and buildings history. very interesting place to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Because we're Chicago residents, we've been on this tour numerous times. It's always great. The tours are different, the tour guides are different, but the quality is always tops. We take all of our out-of-town visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

The best river tour in Chicago with the most knowledgeable tour guides on beautiful boats that blend into the fine architectural gems along the river. I have also held a private Birthday event on a First Lady vessel that surpassed my expectations. The best tours of Chicago's river and lakefront by far. Don't miss a First Lady tour if you... More 

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