Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
5
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
Only the Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort on the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady. Open-air and air-conditioned seating is available. Learn about the architecture and design of over 50 buildings as described by CAC-certified volunteer docents/guides on this 90-minute tour that showcases all three branches of the Chicago River. Full-service bar aboard each vessel. All tours depart from the Chicago Riverwalk at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge). Look for our blue awning.
Chicago, United States

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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travel-hawthorne
Chicago, IL291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous Tour where you learn about Chicago architecture in an enjoyable setting. Our tour guide was Amanda who is a volunteer with the architecture center and she would not accept tips! She was knowledgeable and spoke clearly about all the buildings as we passed by. The 90 minutes flew by! be sure to take a hat as you will be in complete open sunshine the entire time. They did sell drinks on the boat and there was a toilet but we did not take advantage of either. Don't get fooled by the other boat tours. Make sure you take this if you really want a more academic introduction to the architecture of Chicago.
Written 21 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Amanda and hope to see you again soon!
Written 22 May 2024
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Krasimir Stankov
Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice experience ☺️. The guida was very well prepared and explained very well the story of Chicago buildings . If you go to Chicago you must do this tour.
Written 21 May 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We hope to see you again the next time you're in Chicago!
Written 21 May 2024
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Mark G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
John was very knowledgeable of Chicago architecture. Knew his facts and kept interesting for 90 minutes. You could tell he loved his job
Written 20 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with John and hope to see you again soon!
Written 21 May 2024
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Lee L
Osprey, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the tour to take. It is always led by a member of the Chicago Architecture Center, and they all know what they're talking about. Our tour was wonderful. We were taken along the north and south branches of the river, and then went out to Navy Pier. Our guide explained the styles, discussed the specific architects, and always let us know the historical context involved with the buildings.
Written 19 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the River Cruise and hope to see you again soon!
Written 20 May 2024
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NatTraveler
Hastings on Hudson, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful boat tour, with Steve as our guide. He was super knowledgeable and shared all kinds of interesting facts about architecture and the history of Chicago. Don’t miss this!
Written 18 May 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Steve and hope to see you again soon!
Written 20 May 2024
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Pure_Diamond
Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The cruise was awesome.... lots of new intetesting knowledge. The guide was excellent.

We are happy that went there.... and recommend it.
Written 18 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again soon!
Written 20 May 2024
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Marilynn G
Chicago, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide Betsy was outstanding. Her stories were informative and well researched. Her expertise certainly added to our enjoyment of the trip.
Written 17 May 2024
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Betsy and hope to see you on more tours soon!
Written 20 May 2024
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Morten H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely fantastic tour of wonderful Chicago!
A must do!
If you are so lucky to have Dick as your guide; you will find yourself in good hands! He is very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about the architecture of Chicago.
Highly recommended.
Written 17 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again soon!
Written 20 May 2024
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Ryan W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a great experience for the family! Enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day’s visit downtown and along the river learning about Chicago’s amazing architecture. Patricia led our trip - she is the best. Don’t miss this trip!
Written 12 May 2024
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Thank you for the fantastic review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Patricia and hope to see you again soon!
Written 13 May 2024
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Bruno G
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really amazing activity on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Chicago. Despite having visiting the city more than 10 times, this was our first river cruise. It is a very different perspective to get to know all these beautiful and historic buildings from the water. The tour was narrated in a superb fashion by a volunteer docent (our guide was Bill and he was wonderful).
Highly recommend!
Written 12 May 2024
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Thank you for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again soon!
Written 13 May 2024
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