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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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Outstanding Chicago river cruise!

We learned so much about the architecture and history of this beautiful city. Our docent was... read more

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Laura F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great way to learn Chicago architecture

Our guide was easily heard, his information was interesting and not what you'd find in books, he... read more

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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

We learned so much about the architecture and history of this beautiful city. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable. Hua, originally from Taiwan, clearly loves Chicago and shared that with us all. I had been on a Chicago river tour with another company about 8 years...More

Thank Laura F
Reviewed yesterday

Our guide was easily heard, his information was interesting and not what you'd find in books, he was entertaining, Our weather was perfect. I'd highly recommend this.

Thank Mary2775
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The history & architecture tour is great. It's approximately 90 minutes and it is very interesting. Hearing about the history of the city on a guided tour boat should be done by everyone!

Thank Robyn J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the architecture tour in a Thursday. Bought tickets online so was easy. Friendly crew. The docent was great. Lynne. Very interesting presentation. Well worth the time and money.

Thank Loyd P
Reviewed 2 days ago

This cruise on the Chicago River with the Chicago Architectural Foundation was worth the price. Our volunteer guide had a real passion for the city and it's buildings that came through in her talk. The cruise was relaxing and gave interesting insight into the formation...More

Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 3 days ago

amazingly informative well done 90 minute tour on the Chicago River presented by an amazing docent from the Chicago Architecture Foundation named Alan - 90 minutes packed full with interesting facts & figures re. the history of Chitown buildings brought full circle to modern day...More

Thank ahavatee
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were fortunate that we did the cruise in June and the weather was spectacular. Our docent was very knowledgeable and had a clear passion for architecture. This cruise is a must if you're visiting Chicago. Make sure you choose a cruise that has a...More

Thank pilotandme
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

1 1/2 hr river cruise. The guide was a volunteer and extremely knowledgeable. She enjoyed what she was doing and was excited to share her knowledge of the architecture and history that makes up the Chicago skyline along the river. The boat was extremely clean...More

Thank Lynne P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were fortunate to have a night tour along the Chicago river and then out on the lake, as part of a wedding celebration. Fantastic views of the city at night!

Thank Kathleen T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Smooth ride, relaxing, easy to hear commentary. Can't imagine a better tour guide than Jane. She had every fact at her fingertips, clearly enjoyed sharing her knowledge with all of us, intelligent and personable,but not trying to be a stand up comic. So many stories...More

Thank 42debora
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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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
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We just bought on the spot. In Sept you should be fine.