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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Southeast Corner of Michigan and Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 847-358-1330
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No other way to see so much diverse architecture.

Seeing the buildings from the river gives you a totally different perspective on them, particularly... read more

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
What a View!!

Seeing Chicago from the river level is unlike anything else!! I was born and raised in Chicago and... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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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, Southeast Corner of Michigan and Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
+1 847-358-1330

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Reviewed yesterday

Seeing the buildings from the river gives you a totally different perspective on them, particularly because you can see them top to bottom from a distance. The volunteer docent has an abundance of information on each, including their evolution from original purpose and use to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Seeing Chicago from the river level is unlike anything else!! I was born and raised in Chicago and learned tons of information on the buildings that make the city Chicago. The view from the river is unlike anything else. The tour is given by knowledgeable...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed yesterday

We were in Chicago for a day and everyone we'd talked to recommended the boat tour given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Our docent was a volunteer named Emily, who was informative and funny. It was a great introduction to the city, and we learned...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The First Lady Cruise has docents from the Chicago Architectural Foundation who narrate the tour. The woman who was our docent was amazing! Very informative about all the buildings along the river tour route. Pretty sure she knew the date each building was built, as...More

Thank Sarah24237
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There are many tour boats on the river that give you information about the spectacular buildings of Chicago, but this tour that by the Chicago architectural foundation is simply spectacular. I did this to her when you're ago when I was here in town for...More

Thank laughingtraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the 1hour 30 minutes architecture tour. It is narrated by a very nice lady for the Chicago Architecture Fondation. Very interesting, well-done and the lady was very good. Nice way to see the city

Thank Anne G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a treat to take this tour yesterday....we're already talking about "next time". We had a very informative volunteer guide on this hour plus trip, who really knew her stuff about the history and architecture of the buildings. All the boat staff were friendly and...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the second time that we booked this cruise, and it was amazing. It is well worth it. Our first visit was back in 2009, so this was the top of our MUST see again while there. What a beautiful city, and being able...More

Thank sjdepaepe
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Been on several architectural tours and enjoyed a lot of them. First Lady does a good job. Unfortunately the tour is solely based on the guide you have. Some make the experience better than others Weather take on a major factor, a hot day can...More

Thank skankymonk
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took the tour on a Sunday morning, the boat was very clean, the staff was friendly and the bartender makes a great Bloody Mary. But was was more impressive was the tour guide, I believe his name is Wayne Johnson. He spoke about each architectural...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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Salik G
11 July 2017|
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Response from Meg107 | Reviewed this property |
You need sun cream and sun hat although you could go below, but miss the best of the tour
Leigh H
9 July 2017|
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Response from hamamama | Reviewed this property |
I was there mid-week in June. We had purchased our tickets online a week earlier. When we tried to add an additional ticket the day BEFORE the cruise, there were NO spots available for that particular morning time slot... More
Kris N
12 June 2017|
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Response from CharlieinTexas | Reviewed this property |
You are in the direct sun, if you are on the deck -- which is best place for viewing the sites -- pretty much the entire trip.