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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
Phone Number: +1 847-358-1330
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Mon - Wed 09:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sun 09:00 - 17:30
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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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Wonderful view of the Chicago skyline

Took this your on a cooler day but it was still pleasant, interesting and worthwhile. The exterior looks old but the interior seems very new. The bathrooms are incredible for a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Toronto, ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took this your on a cooler day but it was still pleasant, interesting and worthwhile. The exterior looks old but the interior seems very new. The bathrooms are incredible for a ship and they are spotless. There is virtually no sensation of movement its very smooth up and down the river. The commentary by the volunteer was very interesting and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I recently took the tour at 4:30 which was a perfect time to experience the Chicago nightline. The cruise was very informative. You could sit inside or outside. It was chilly when the sun went down,s o we sat inside. There is also a bar, which was a bonus.

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Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Different perspective of the skyline / building, great photos opportunities, knowledgeable guide and informative. The 2 hours invested are well spent!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This boat tour lasts 1.5 hour and offers an excellent occasion to enjoy Chicago architecture. Our guide gave lots of information

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Marble Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The First Lady architecture cruise was incredible! It was a chilly day, so I grabbed a cup of Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate, sat at the benches at the front of the boat, and was amazed at the buildings we passed. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and told us literally about every Chicago building we passed. He obviously knows the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The First Lady Cruises are conducted by docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation who originated the architectural river tours. These are highly trained volunteers who do a superb job and have been highly rated. While other vendors offer an architecture tour, they don't meet the same standards. By all means, don't settle for anything but the best!

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Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wow!! Thank you to Kent and Captain Tom for a most informative and interesting 90 min tour of The Windy City!. Time slipped gently by as we cruised along in the capable hands of Captain Tom listening to Kent who can only be described as a passionate professional. A member of the Chicago Architectural Society. Kent shared with us the... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great tour leader - Michael - who was educational and entertaining. Chicago buildings are extraordinary, the river history is just so interesting. Great coffee and food. I did a competitor's tour last visit and this was much better.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok it was November and chilly. But this river cruise was the highlight of my trip. 90 minutes of amazing buildings, a mix of commercial and residential. What a mash up of different styles. The volunteer educated us on the history of Chicago and the many architects that grace its riverbanks. Warm drinks and lounge available below. The perfect way... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The day of the AMAZING Cubs victory parade we floated on a high down to the Navy Pier to board the cruise to see Chi Town's architecture. Comfortable boat, great speaker and interesting trip. You get to see all the amazing buildings that make up Chicago's skyline and find out the history too. Highly recommended.

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