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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Very Relaxing and Educational Architectural Cruise

I went on the cruise this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our docent, Wayne, was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Denise Y
Alameda, California
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Fantastic tour, both educational and fun!

We took this tour 8-10 years ago and it was even better the second time around! Our guide Lance... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Phoenix, Arizona
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Only the Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort on the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First...more
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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 via mobile

I went on the cruise this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our docent, Wayne, was very interesting and informative. I enjoyed hearing about the different architectural styles and history of the buildings. Also, it was very relaxing riding on the river with a drink...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We took this tour 8-10 years ago and it was even better the second time around! Our guide Lance was fantastic, extremely informative and he had lots of fun facts to give us. We were surprised at how many new buildings he pointed out, which...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We heard over and over how great the architecture boat tours were and specifically this one. We were not disappointing at all. The information was fascinating and presented perfectly. The Chicago skyline viewed from the river is spectacular and in 90 minutes I learned more...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Chicago Architecture Center inspires people to discover why design matters, and they truly delivered during this tour. Our docent, Lindy, was extremely informative and funny! You can really tell how much she loves both architecture and Chicago. And you don't only learn about architecture,...More

Thank Elyse A
Reviewed 3 days ago

BF and I went to Chicago in early July, and everyone we mentioned it to told us we had to do the architecture river cruise. I'm so glad we heeded their advice! The tour offered phenomenal views of the city, and our docent (Kathleen) was...More

Thank playingrownup
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's been years since I did an Architecture Boat Tour in Chicago. The skyline is always changing. This tour was great and highlighted the old as well as the new buildings and their impact on the city. There has been so much improvement along the...More

Thank RachelD3754
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great way to see Chicago! The river is stunning and Lisa T delivers on great facts about the buildings. Good pace, easy cruise! Love it!

Thank Ilikefinefood
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This exceeded my expectations Sounds boring sitting on a boat being told about buildings, well think again, having travelled all over the world this was one of the best . The cruise is relaxed and very very informative, it did help that we had a...More

Thank DavidvPerth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour made me think differently about architecrure. They should call it art- chitecture. Learned details about the glass and metal parts of buildings designed to reflect the surface and color of the river. How ingeneous! The views of buildings along the river were breathtaking!...More

Thank Jeanette G
Reviewed 1 week ago

had been told this was a must do in chicago, it was great and the volunteer lady was very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting.

Thank Elaine B
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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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11 September 2018|
Response from Allen21096 | Reviewed this property |
Try this, it seems accurate: DEPARTURE LOCATION: Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at 112 East Wacker Drive on Chicago’s Riverwalk. Look for the blue awning.
Miguel R
18 August 2018|
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Response from Sherri W | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of a Spanish language tour for the architectural boat tour. I’d call the company directly to get this question answered.
20 July 2018|
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Response from youwannaknow | Reviewed this property |
Definitely use the water taxis! The water taxi will stop at Michigan Avenue. The ticket office for your tour is on the south side of the river, just below Michigan Avenue. Cost for an all day pass is $9.00 or $5.00 for a... More