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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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Amazing way to see the river

I can't recommend enough this leisurely ride with a passionate docent who wants nothing more than... read more

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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#1 for a Reason

We were told by previous visitors that this was the boat tour to get on. And it is with no... read more

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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
+1 847-358-1330

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I can't recommend enough this leisurely ride with a passionate docent who wants nothing more than to share his love of Chicago architecture. It's 90 minutes, which did not seem too long, so allow the time.

Thank Stutzman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were told by previous visitors that this was the boat tour to get on. And it is with no surprise they are #1 on TA in this category. Very well done and very enjoyable. Great way to see the city from the water and...More

Thank Allan B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Did this on a whim and was so glad. Very informative docent and goes up three arms of the river and down to the lake. Although essentially architecture based there were plenty of anecdotes and historical information. Parking discount available if you park as described...More

Thank blueswarrior
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tour was the highlight of our Chicago visit. The docent was informative and engaging. We got to see and learn about various architectural styles and experience the amazing Chicago skyline. The seating was comfortable, and there was a complete bar on the main deck.

Thank bighack
Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed the cruise. The weather was lovely, and our docent was so entertaining. She would talk to the people on the bridges, and it was a great interaction. I highly recommend this tour.

Thank travelingbens
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the evening river cruise and it was great. The city is really cool all lit up at night. Our guide was very informative as well about the buildings and who was responsible for designing them.

Reviewed 3 days ago

I might recommend that you do this first. It gives you a great overview of the city. We did the 11 am tour and it was great. It was a little hot at times but you would pass into the shade soon enough and it...More

Thank Shawn S
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the many highlights of Chicago is the fabulous varied architecture. The docents from the Chicago Architectural Foundation are brilliant and excel at presenting architectural info in a fun way for all ages. I highly recommend the boat cruise. Everyone I know who has...More

Thank dbtraveler58
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great docent on our cruise today. Despite being a NATO e New Yorker, she loves her adopted city and was a font of information on the buildings we passed.

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the architecture cruise. Our guide Bobby did a very good job in explaining the details of the various buildings and their history. The cruise does get full and make sure you get there early to select your seats - preferably in the open...More

Thank KarthikBalan
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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12 September 2017|
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Response from Jack S | Reviewed this property |
There are parking garages throughout the area depending on the day of week prices vary.
Jessie H
30 August 2017|
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Response from Jack S | Reviewed this property |
Yes full bar
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27 August 2017|
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Response from pilotandme | Reviewed this property |
Per the website: Individual Ticket: $43.53 plus tax Twilight Tour: $46.37 plus tax Duration: 90 minutes