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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago, IL, USA
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About Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Only the Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort on the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady. Open-air and air-conditioned seating is available. Learn about the architecture and design of over 50 buildings as described by CAC-certified volunteer docents/guides on this 90-minute tour that showcases all three branches of the Chicago River. Full-service bar aboard each vessel. All tours depart from the Chicago Riverwalk at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge). Look for our blue awning.
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See dozens of landmark buildings that line the Chicago River on the only architecture cruise lead by expert docents from the Chicago Architecture Center. The vessel—Chicago’s First Lady—is designed for prime sightseeing in any weather, with guaranteed outdoor seating on the spacious deck plus a climate-controlled indoor cabin.
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MZaidi227 wrote a review Aug 9
New Haven, Connecticut142 contributions35 helpful votes
Amazing volunteer from the Architecture Center who was a retired school teacher knowledgeable storyteller. There was some shade at the beginning of the trip then under each bridge. Who knew that the Chicago River was running backward into St. Louis rather than the lake.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Responded 5 days ago
Thanks for sharing all these great details, and 5 stars too! Hope we get to see you and/or some friends aboard again soon.
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pochen9 wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois121 contributions36 helpful votes
As a Chicago native who worked in the city for years, I thought it was about time to refresh my architecture acumen. Geez was i overdue. The tour was leisurely, docent was very knowledgable, and the river was in good form as well. Amazing what an asset it has become by itself
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Responded 2 weeks ago
Always happy to get some hometown love, thamks!
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Loren V wrote a review Jul 2020
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Amazing! Fun and funny! Educational! Very good about social distancing and wearing masks too. Judith is the best!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Responded 4 weeks ago
Nice to see that you chose to cruise with us. And you did get a great docent with Judith. Hope we can see you in the Chicago Architecture Center sometime!
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mishmosh_1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio118 contributions34 helpful votes
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We bought our tickets at the architecture center (you could buy online) and chose a 7:00pm ride. This boatride was one of the highlights of our trip. Glad we splurged for the later time slot, it would have been hot during the day and really bright out. The weather was perfect on
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Responded 4 weeks ago
I see you did it ALL while here, the river cruise, a walking tour, the Center, and the Shop. Hope we get to see you again sometime, maybe as a member?
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Titan813 wrote a review Jul 2020
Tampa, Florida6 contributions
Gave it 5 stars because of Judith the speaker was awesome. The tour for itself was great, lots to see and learn in the canal and Judith explained everything
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Deborah R, Director of Sales at Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
Responded Jul 8, 2020
Thanks for the support for Judith, I will be sure she sees this review. She loves the city and her enthusiasm shows.
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