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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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The best Architecture Boat Tour in Chicago!

Did a tour around noon while my friends were at a Chicago Bears Football game at Soldier Field... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GoloskyOnTheGo
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Toronto, Canada
The only river tour to take

100% reliable docents who really know Chicago Architecture. The boat is comfortable but it's all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ninga873
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Chicago, Illinois
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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 2 weeks ago

Did a tour around noon while my friends were at a Chicago Bears Football game at Soldier Field. Tickets were fairly expensive but for what you get, it was worth it. It was a 90 min boat tour on the river through Chicago starting at...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

100% reliable docents who really know Chicago Architecture. The boat is comfortable but it's all about the docents in my book.

1  Thank Ninga873
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love the architecture tour - best way to see & learn about the city! the guides are always knowledgeable & we learn something new every time. I'm always excited to bring our out of town guests on this tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great experience, very organized line to board the boat, on time departing, and the best was a fantastic guide guy, clear explanations, answer all questions and never in a rush. We seat on the top deck, almost last row and were able to hear perfectly...More

1  Thank Alberto C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great way to see the city and learn about architecture. Don’t miss. We take family and friends when visiting Chicago

Thank Steven J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have taken this cruise several times over the years when entertaining out of town guests and most recently in late Oct. While other Chicago River tour lines offer architectural tours, Chicago's First Lady is the only line affiliated with the Chicago Architectural Foundation offering...More

1  Thank Janet R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Atmosphere, felt festive and the staff was awesome. The food was good , had great variety to choose from

Thank angelamV707DT
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Been on this tour twice and highly recommend it to all tourists coming to Chicago. The guides keep you entertained while educating you on the transition of architecture in chicago.

Thank Tanvi S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This may have been the best part about our trip to Chicago. Our guide's (from the Chicago Architecture Foundation) excitement was infectious, and we learned a whole lot about the city, its history, and its architecture. The tour was well thought out and expertly delivered,...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

There is a reason this is #1 of all the various boat tours. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and it is a view of the city that completely changes your perspective. If you like boats, skyscrapers, history, photography, or architecture....and especially if you...More

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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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12 September 2017|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
We rode the train in so we had no car to park! Otherwise, I have no idea where to park....sorry!
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Jessie H
30 August 2017|
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