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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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You don't have to be interested in architecture to take this tour. The guide's obvious passion for... read more

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Alun E
Cowbridge, United Kingdom
Best Way to See Chicago

Even if you've been to Chicago many times before, if you haven't seen it from the river, you're... read more

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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

You don't have to be interested in architecture to take this tour. The guide's obvious passion for their subject will rub off on you and you'll also gain a great general knowledge of the history of the city. Plus some great views. The boat was...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Even if you've been to Chicago many times before, if you haven't seen it from the river, you're missing an important perspective. The architectural tour is interesting, informative, and provides a full-on view of some of the magnificent buildings of the city. A must-do. Only...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed yesterday

I was working for a few days in Chicago but had a couple of free days. Colleagues all suggested doing the architecture cruise, I can see why. Very informed guides give a great look at Chicago's unique history and architecture. Rightly seen as one of...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a "must do" if you want to view fantastic architecture and learn fascinating stories about Chicago's history. Our tour guide Jim, was extremely knowledgeable, very entertaining and his enthusiasm and love for Chicago shone through. May I mention he's a volunteer to boot?...More

Thank mayfieldmom
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our guide was AMAZING!!! Kathleen spoke almost the entire 90 mins with great knowledge and detail about this beautiful city! I strongly recommend this tour to sit back, learn and enjoy the city!!

Thank Mjoh17
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were not sure if we really wanted to spend a couple hours looking at buildings from the river, but it was well worth it. Great cruise, great lecturer and wonderful architecture. The river is the place to view it. This cruise was one of...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 3 days ago

One hour and a half river tour of architecture Chicago narrated by a docent of the Chicago architectural Foundation. A fact filled adventure of the notable and historic buildings that one can see by the Chicago river plus the history of Chicago. There were people...More

Thank Larry A
Reviewed 3 days ago

We take this cruise every time we visit Chicago because the skyline changes so often. The 4:00pm tour wasn’t too crowded, the weather was great that day, and the volunteer guide, Russ, was fantastic. He is one of many Chicagoans who are so knowledgable, articulate...More

Thank AlwaysOnLocation
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I experienced this cruise on Wed afternoon this past week. What a fine job by our Docent (Jim B) and the ship's crew! Besides the relaxing river ride and seeing beautiful architecture, you get to enjoy a stroll through Chicago history. The...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went on a solo architecture tour and I don't regret it !! Everything was great, great captain, crew and the lady on the mic was so wonderful! You can feel her interest, love and passion for the city - it was easily transmitted to all...More

Thank Anchor05
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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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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Yes full bar
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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