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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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Best way to learn some chicago history

Been on this tour twice and highly recommend it to all tourists coming to Chicago. The guides keep... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tanvi S
A Must When Visiting Chicago

This may have been the best part about our trip to Chicago. Our guide's (from the Chicago... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

Been on this tour twice and highly recommend it to all tourists coming to Chicago. The guides keep you entertained while educating you on the transition of architecture in chicago.

Thank Tanvi S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This may have been the best part about our trip to Chicago. Our guide's (from the Chicago Architecture Foundation) excitement was infectious, and we learned a whole lot about the city, its history, and its architecture. The tour was well thought out and expertly delivered,...More

Thank forgottenglory
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a reason this is #1 of all the various boat tours. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and it is a view of the city that completely changes your perspective. If you like boats, skyscrapers, history, photography, or architecture....and especially if you...More

Thank SportsMoose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trust me, take a few hours and take this tour. The guides are amazing, seeing the city from the water side is great, but most importantly, you will learn a ton of information. The history and evolution of the Chicago waterfront will stay with me...More

Thank billyrod1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this cruise. Tour Lady was knowledgeable, relaxed and spoke clearly. Was open to questions and answered well. It was great to get close to amazing buildings in a relaxed way.

Thank susangF7706QA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our river cruise on Chicago's First Lady Cruises was lovely. Online ticket purchase and mobile tickets were easy to use. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, passionate about architecture and entertaining.

Thank Juliet G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this was on top of trip advisor so we wanted to go. Our tour bus stops right at the restaurant. We went for lunch and had to try a Chicago dog. Not bad at all and only $4. Customer service was good and we...More

Thank Karen T
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Although it was very cold and chilly on our cruise, our guide made it worth our while staying on the upper deck! We had Patricia G. and she was a very knowledgeable guide. She knew her architecture well and we enjoyed out entire 90 min-tour!

Thank Fluffysunshine
Reviewed 25 November 2017

This was one of the best things we did while in Chicago! Like others, I was thinking would this be so great, as I am not very interested in architecture... it doesn't matter! The tour was organized, informative and fun! Our guide, Lindy, was delightful...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 23 November 2017

I have to say this was my favorite thing of all the things I did in Chicago. Doesn't matter if you're into architecture or not, this tour is amazing because of the views. The weather was awful, it was raining and SO cold, but that...More

Thank Gretchen B
Downtown / The Loop
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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
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Andrew S
22 October 2017|
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Response from dermgoddess | Reviewed this property |
Contact the company directly.., we just did the tour and they did not say tours stopped for the winter. If it is running, just dress in layers. You can also do the walking tour
12 September 2017|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
We rode the train in so we had no car to park! Otherwise, I have no idea where to park....sorry!
Jessie H
30 August 2017|
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Response from Jack S | Reviewed this property |
Yes full bar