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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 way to see the city

The boat tour was worth every penny. It's a 90 minute tour, and we took the twilight tour. It's... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jonathon L
Los Angeles
Totally worth the price

This was a terrific tour. The docent was from the architectural society and really knew her... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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

The boat tour was worth every penny. It's a 90 minute tour, and we took the twilight tour. It's more expensive than the other time slots, but to really appreciate the city in all its splendor, see it at twilight. Our docent was Emily and...More

1  Thank Jonathon L
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a terrific tour. The docent was from the architectural society and really knew her history and architecture. The 90 minutes flew by. The boat was full but there really isn't a bad place to sit as you are looking up at buildings all...More

Thank blairzzee
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the architecture tour on the river and it was very informative. The tour was a great way to see some of the landmarks of the city without doing all of the walking. It was a bit pricey but better than walking miles in 90+degree...More

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great boat cruise! The volunteer educating us on the Chicago river, its' changes and the architecture was very informed with a great sense of humor. thank you for an awesome tour!

Thank Mefleet
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the architectural tour. It's focus was on the buildings on the river, but there was more to it. There were large doses of history and other interesting information. The guide did an outstanding job of educating and entertaining. Two suggestions -- Bring a...More

Thank smitty237
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great experience! This is the best way to see the city's sites! The volunteer leaders are extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, the boat well equipped and the price is reasonable.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 5 days ago

This cruise is a notch above, just take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Time: Recommend a reservation. We arrived at 5:00 on a Monday and had to buy tickets for Tuesday instead. The 5:30 had a great temperature and only a few moments of...More

1  Thank ArtsyGalBaltimore
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the river cruise 3 years ago in the morning this time we did it at 7:30 in the evening and what another fabulous experience. Our docent was very knowledgeable and shared her experience and love of Chicago very well. The architecture of Chicago...More

Thank Sam S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Have been to Chicago many times. This trip we finally decided to take this tour...so worth it. Very interesting, fun history lesson & great way to spend a morning.

Thank Sara W
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our docent was very witty and made the tour that much better. Learned a lot from the tour which I proudly told my father random facts from the way the river flows to the Mies style buildings. We were very lucky because it didn't start...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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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25 July 2017|
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Response from JATIN H | Reviewed this property |
On the upper deck preferably in the front.
Salik G
10 July 2017|
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Response from DeLisa W | Reviewed this property |
For us we just went up and bought with and loved the night fireworks cruise because we got to see the buildings before the sunset, watch sunset, watch them light up and see the fireworks along with finish out the tour at... More
Leigh H
9 July 2017|
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Response from Diane C | Reviewed this property |
We just walked right up, purchased our tickets, and boarded the boat. Our boat cruise was on a Friday afternoon and we had no problems getting the tickets. :)