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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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I was running out of things to do towards the afternoon and decided to join the tour as it was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Disso
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Manila, Philippines
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Really good !!

It's expensive, for sure ! But it is a really good one ! Our volunteer, Emiliy, was really nice and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marioou
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Montreal, Canada
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 19:30
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112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was running out of things to do towards the afternoon and decided to join the tour as it was frequently recommended by people I knew who've been to Chicago. Why not? One of the most noticeable things coming in to CHI was the great...More

Thank Disso
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's expensive, for sure ! But it is a really good one ! Our volunteer, Emiliy, was really nice and it was a pleasure to listen to her talking about Chicago's architecture.

Thank Marioou
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a great experience! My husband and I really enjoyed this cruise and all of the interesting information we learned from our guide, Emily! She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and did a fantastic job of keeping our attention and sharing fun facts about all...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A must-see! We absolutely loved this architectural tour. It came highly recommended by all our friends and family. It was very well organized and run by incredibly knowledgeable and fun tour guides and staff. There is so much to see and the information is really...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Cruise with Chicago's First Lady was and excellent attraction. Mrs Cindy was a very good educated and talented lady and told us everything around the river and Chicago Architecture Foundation. Was very nice and the best river cruise by far.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chicago Architecture Foundation gives an enlightening introduction to Chicago's history from its river's perspective. A true masterclass! It's really worth purchasing tickets in advance to get the evening tour.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great tour on a beautiful day on the best river cruise by far. Our docent Mary Jo was effervescent with her love of the city and its architecture. The 90 minute tour on the immaculately maintained boat went by in a flash. As...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s was really nice out when we did our tour. That’s an important factor to really enjoy it . You don’t want it to be cold or rainy since the best views are outside the boat on the deck. You should buy your tickets in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I started off our sight seeing trip to Chicago with this tour, and it was a great way to orient ourselves to the city. Our tour guide was unbelievable. She had such a wealth of knowledge about so many buildings, and lots...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing ride and even better Vietnamese Docent!!! We enjoyed a lot the journey through the Chicago River, listening to the highly interesting and also funny comments of our docent.

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Dolores K
12 April 2018|
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Response from Lisa K | Reviewed this property |
Hi I do think the tour would be fantastic on a sunny day. We did it in the pouring rain, though, so sat outside in our free plastic raincoats they provided. And then hopped inside the cabin to warm up every 20 mins... More
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Ellen C
25 February 2018|
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Response from Jeannette A | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the winter schedule. However, you can check the info on line at First Lady Cruises, Chicago, Illinois.
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Andrew S
22 October 2017|
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Response from dermgoddess | Reviewed this property |
Contact the company directly.., we just did the tour and they did not say tours stopped for the winter. If it is running, just dress in layers. You can also do the walking tour
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