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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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Architecture Cruise is relaxing and informative!

Feet tired? We sat back on a beautiful October afternoon and listened to the man from the Chicago... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Julie S
Orange County, California
Great sightseeing with useful information

The guide was a volunteer from the Architecture Foundation and it was great to hear so many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Fernanda G
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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 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

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Reviewed 2 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 2 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 4 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I watched some videos of this online thinking I'd be bored and wouldn't be able to sit still for a 90 minute tour but I was completely wrong. Very informative guide. We picked this even though it was more expensive than the others because the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Super comfy and smooth, the boat allows terrific views of important buildings with informative description of structures and history.

Thank Suenglish
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the boat tour this morning and it was great. Very well organized and the guide was excellent. She knew so much about the buildings and was a great speaker. We had a great time and really enjoyed the tour and the information that...More

Thank Teresuzza
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well done boat tour of the city. So glad we joined you for it. I highly recommend anyone visiting join you!

Thank Oliver1313
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you do one thing in Chicago, do this!! We had Russ and he was really informative as well as knowledgeable . We took an 11 AM tour and the weather was great!!

Thank Bill P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booking the tickets through ticketmaster meant that the price increased significantly from the initial amount. However, that aside the tour was good. The guide was excellent, especially considering he was a volunteer. He was very knowledgeable and talked non-stop to ensure he told us everything...More

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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