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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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Mud and rocks fell on our heads...

My family and I took an Architecture Foundation boat tour of Chicago. The docent was knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed today
MattFaulknor
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Toronto, Canada
Highlight of visit

Booked the 7:30 cruise on a great night. Fantastic views and lots of information about... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeff M
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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 today

My family and I took an Architecture Foundation boat tour of Chicago. The docent was knowledgeable. They day was lovely. Everything was fine... up until the point that a construction truck travelling across a bridge directly overhead dropped a bunch of mud and rocks on...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked the 7:30 cruise on a great night. Fantastic views and lots of information about architecture of Chicago. Definitely a must if visiting Chicago.

Thank Jeff M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A lot of people go on a boat cruise thinking it's a great way to break up the monotony of a day of sightseeing, plus, during good weather, it's a pleasant way to see the sights. While the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat cruise may lure...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a highlight of our trip! The twilight tour was excellent! It was informative, interesting, and pretty! Absolutely a must do!!!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Chicago is steeped in historical architecture. If you are looking for a great way to see this architecture and learn some of the history of the city then a river tour with the Chicago Architectural Foundation is a must do. The tours last about 90...More

Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an interesting, and informative tour. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Chicago. I plan to return to Chicago one day and will definitely do this tour again - there is just so much great information, you can't absorb it all in one...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked a Chicago Architectural Foundation Cruise for 3:30 on a Saturday Afternoon. The weather was perfect (low 80's) and sunny. The docent talked about the buildings along the Chicago River for 90 minutes. She was poised and knowledgeable. We were surprised at how many...More

Thank Marguerite a
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A wonderful excursion but plan on arriving a half hour early if you're a visitor to Chicago and not sure from where the ship departs down at the dock. If you already purchased tickets, you still have to check on the appropriate dock number. On...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an excellent tour. We did it a few years ago and did it again yesterday. It was even more amazing this time. The guide, Gloria, is a volunteer from the Architectural Society ( or similar). She was incredibly knowledgeable. The cruise was full...More

Thank Sherri W
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We’ve done this tour before - but this time we have a 20 month old! She absolutely loved it. She waved at people on shore and kept yelling “water water!” Chicago is so gorgeous from the water - I highly recommend this tour. The guides...More

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Miguel R
August 17, 2018|
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Si yo creo el tour en español a las 12 cada día
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rv_channell
July 19, 2018|
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Response from youwannaknow | Reviewed this property |
Definitely use the water taxis! The water taxi will stop at Michigan Avenue. The ticket office for your tour is on the south side of the river, just below Michigan Avenue. Cost for an all day pass is $9.00 or $5.00 for a... More
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Walt B
June 24, 2018|
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Not to my knowledge...
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