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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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Address: 112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Southeast Corner of Michigan and Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
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Mon - Wed 09:00 - 16:00
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Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises...

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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Relaxing river cruise

I went on the noon tour on 4-18-17 and it was terrific! Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The weather was super which added to the experience. The history of... read more

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I haven't done this architecture boat tour since college and forgot how great it is! The views are wonderful and the tour very informative. Our guide was funny and very knowledgeable. It is a side of Chicago that you don't appreciate and it is fun to see another view of the city that you would miss on foot. They have... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the boat cruise to take -- run by the Architectural Society, the tour guides are volunteers and they know their stuff -- knowledgeable and friendly, the tour is 90 minutes and worth the time. It was chilly the day we went, but just being on the river gives you a different view of the city and some wonderful... More 

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Gainesville, GA
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went on the noon tour on 4-18-17 and it was terrific! Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The weather was super which added to the experience. The history of many of the buildings along the riverfront were discussed which included the date constructed, architects/engineers, and type of construction. Take a hat ,sunglasses, and a jacket. it was definitely... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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I would definitely recommend doing this river tour as a great way to see Chicago. Our tour guide was named Allison (I believe) and she was very knowledgable. I loved hearing the stories about buildings old and new. You get a really great view of the entire city skyline toward the end of the tour. Dress warmly on the water... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Every Chicagoan we spoke to in Denver said this is the one thing we must do on our trip. So we did-got tickets in advance for a sunny Sunday afternoon cruise. It lasted 90 minutes and we wished for 90 minutes more! Our volunteer docent guide Joan paced her commentary perfectly and had a wealth of knowledge about the history... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fabulous tour by boat of the architectural delight that is Chicago . The history is varied and fascinating and no better way to see all the different styles over the decades than by boat. The tour guides are all volunteers and are passionate and knowledgable about Chicago's glorious buildings . You wouldn't find this out any other... More 

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent guide, extremely clear in the explanation, highly recommended. Weather was great it is not the first time we have this tour, best experience in Chicago

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Coral Gables, Florida
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Our volunteer docent guide was terrific, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable, this tour gives you a tremendous sense of the history and architecture of the city! Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I live in Chicago and have wanted to go on this tour since I moved here. This tour was awesome! Ronnie was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. I would recommend this to everyone! The boat was comfortable and has refreshments. The tour lasts an hour and a half, and it is very informative. After the tour, check out the... More 

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This is one of the most informative and interesting tours I have ever been on anywhere in the world. Ronnie, the volunteer guide, spoke non stop for 90 minutes without notes or missing a beat to provide a great history of Chicago and the amazing buildings of the city. Incredible. Not to be missed.

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