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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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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

A group of 20 of us came here for a work team building outing. Most of us were dreading it but got were we wrong. This exceeded all of our expectations and we learned so much about contemporary, mid- century modern and Art Deco styles....More

Thank da277
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took my mom on her birthday. We are from Chicago but had never done an architecture tour. The tour started promptly at 3:00, and everyone got a good seat. Our guide, Dan, was excellent; we found him informative, professional, and a well-paced guide ....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is an excellent tour. The volunteer guides are extremely knowledgeable and you will learn so much about Chicago's architecture and history. Although young children will probably be bored, older children and adults of all ages will enjoy it.

Thank Ellen L
Reviewed 3 days ago

First time tour for a long time Chicago visitor. Should have done this trip long ago. Our volunteer guide, Kathleen, was knowledgeable and very engaging. Great insight from a historical and architectural perspective...

Thank JorgeMIA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a fascinating way to see and learn about the architecture of Chicago! Our docent was extremely knowledgeable. Downside, it was rainy and from inside the boat it was hard to hear the presentation over the conversations. It would be better with some kind...More

Thank Susan I
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an amazing trip!! Such fantastic knowledge from Dick, the volunteer. So interesting to learn about all the different architecture throughout the history of Chicago. I absolutely recommend doing this at any point of your holiday. It was fascinating.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an intense tour. The guide seems to know every building--dates, architects, etc. It's a lot. Seems like he was happy to answer questions after, but there is not chance to ask questions during the tour b/c he's rapid fire the whole time. This...More

Thank M L
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have done two architecture tours in Chicago now and this was the better of the two. Having someone from the architecture society as your guide is the way to go.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up in the Chicago area and still learned a lot about the different styles of architecture in the downtown area. The tallest buildings were encased in clouds but our docent still did a great job showcasing the skyline. The view from the upper...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 1 week ago

It would have been very hard to see all the buildings on this tour if you did it yourself. The perspective from the river and the knowledge of the docent made this 90 minute cruise so amazing. Highly recommend.

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16 October 2018|
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Response from RoadtripTraveller08 | Reviewed this property |
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.
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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.