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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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Even though we were shifted to a "lake tour" due to flooding, we still enjoyed ourselves

Our family of 5 had a nice time on the cruise, even though we couldn't do the full river cruise... read more

Reviewed today
Tampa, Florida
Cruise the River to view a gallery tour of Chicago's history & architecture

What a delight! To view four styles of architecture in Chicago's river system. The views of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bradenton, Florida
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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 today

Our family of 5 had a nice time on the cruise, even though we couldn't do the full river cruise because flooding has raised the water level so much that the boat couldn't get under the Michigan Ave. bridge. As a result, we spent about...More

Thank 907blaked
Reviewed yesterday

What a delight! To view four styles of architecture in Chicago's river system. The views of buildings are magestic. We have learned so much from their beauty, design, their historical time period. and which buildings reflect the changes in this great city.So many new designs...More

Thank prairielily56
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed. Amazing views. Cool tour guide. Strongly recommend. We were lucky as on this tour all bridges were opened and lots of boats were going through.

Thank Tatiana K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This tour was entertaining, educational and relaxing. I highly recommend it as a way to get to know Chicago as well as to learn about multiple architectural styles of the buildings downtown. We loved it!

Thank hafstang
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

48 dollar for an adult I think is pretty expensive! That said it I enjoyable and I would recommend the tour. The guide was knowledgable and the views were fab.

Thank Kitty8704
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Tour was outstanding. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made our day. What an awesome introduction to Chicago. Highly recommend it. Thank you!!!

Thank Jamaal J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Feet tired? We sat back on a beautiful October afternoon and listened to the man from the Chicago Architecture Foundation fill our minds with beautiful descriptions of the buildings and a little history. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Many told us this was the best cruise....More

1  Thank Julie S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The guide was a volunteer from the Architecture Foundation and it was great to hear so many different information about it! It lasts 90 min and we loved it.

Thank Fernanda G
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been on both the Shoreline Sight Seeing and the First Lady Architecture River Cruises, and they are both good. However, the First Lady Cruises is the one I recommend. It's a bit more expensive but worth the price. You get 90 minutes of...More

Thank MKW5
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a lovely stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, we boarded a classic boat with lower inside bar and tables, and plenty of upper open deck seats for unobscured viewing. Our docent from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Corrine, a native Chicagoan, was knowledgeable and delightful in...More

Thank Jan B
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!
Jessie H
30 August 2017|
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Response from Jack S | Reviewed this property |
Yes full bar