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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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Wonderfully instructive architectural cruise!

Although it was very cold and chilly on our cruise, our guide made it worth our while staying on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal QC
Loved it and am not into architecture!

This was one of the best things we did while in Chicago! Like others, I was thinking would this be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laurie S
Aurora, Colorado
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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 2 weeks ago

Although it was very cold and chilly on our cruise, our guide made it worth our while staying on the upper deck! We had Patricia G. and she was a very knowledgeable guide. She knew her architecture well and we enjoyed out entire 90 min-tour!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best things we did while in Chicago! Like others, I was thinking would this be so great, as I am not very interested in architecture... it doesn't matter! The tour was organized, informative and fun! Our guide, Lindy, was delightful...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to say this was my favorite thing of all the things I did in Chicago. Doesn't matter if you're into architecture or not, this tour is amazing because of the views. The weather was awful, it was raining and SO cold, but that...More

Thank Gretchen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Honestly I was a little skeptical that this was going to live up to the hype that it gets by word of mouth and by tripadvisor. I'm glad that I gave it a try because it was quite incredible! This is the second time I've...More

Thank ejchowder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a nice cruise but take it in the warm months , they do have inside seating but you really lose the beauty of the building . It rained the day we had reserved tickets so no refunds . The guide was very knowledgeable...More

Thank boggie_7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Today, November 19, last Sunday before Thanksgiving, was the last day for Architectural Boat Tours with this line. We were lucky enough to get to our hotel in time to consider making the last boat trip at 4:00. So glad we did. Patricia the tour...More

Thank Darlene V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went on this tour on a slightly foggy Thursday morning. The hot cider helped keep us warm as we listened to a retired architect describe very unique aspects of Chicago's architecture that I don't think we could have heard anywhere else....More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far the best tour of Chicago we did on our trip. Interesting and informative, Jack our volunteer tour guide brought the city to life and taught us a huge amount about the buildings and history. His background in architecture enhanced the tour...More

Thank Walkabou
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the best time. Now this cruise was at 4:00, It was in the upper 30s and we and other brave soul sat on the deck, not below. The tour guide was just amazing. CAF has such knowledgeable people. It's not a memorized script;...More

Thank TJ43528
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several tour companies that do river cruises. Be sure to ride the First Lady Cruises sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The guides on board are free (not allowed to take $) and highly knowledgeable about Chicago's skyline and architecture. It's a combo...More

Thank Lisa K
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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Andrew S
22 October 2017|
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Response from dermgoddess | Reviewed this property |
Contact the company directly.., we just did the tour and they did not say tours stopped for the winter. If it is running, just dress in layers. You can also do the walking tour
12 September 2017|
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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