Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

65 Reviews | Chicago, USA

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
A note about this tour
Face masks are recommended but not required.

Overview

The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady has long been the gold standard among all Chicago tour experiences, and is the only Chicago architecture boat tour led by highly trained expert docents. On this 90-minute cruise, you will enjoy an overview of historic and modern architectural styles including stories about the people who designed and built Chicago. No visit to Chicago is complete without experiencing this award winning tour, so accept no substitutes.

Highlights

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

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Average 4.85 out of 5 stars based on 65 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
AlmarV1, Nov 2021 Verified
The boat on this tour is a real classic. Inside you get the feeling of being in old world luxury and the staff is so polite and helpful. The docent we had was authentic and so knowledgeable. Her comedy and insightful history made us feel like we were really part of something wonderful here in Chicago. This tour is a must!
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
shellywK7254RQ, Nov 2021 Verified
Our guide, Lindy, was amazing! The tour itself was stunning, so cool to see the city from a completely different angle. But - the star of the show was Lindy. Not only was she knowledgeable and personable, but one can tell she stays on top of current events and trends which made her presentation even more relatable. She played to the audience (old and young guests) and was overall very charming and funny. If you are thinking about this tour, I recommend booking a passage when she is assigned as the guide. Just brilliant!
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
AGRTraveler, Nov 2021 Verified
The volunteer docents are extremely well trained and enthusiastic. We were thrilled by the wealth of information and the special vantage. Happy to support this non-profit group. We actually became members and so got significant discount on this and equally high quality walking tours.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
Auntbunnya, Nov 2021 Verified
Everything was amazing.Alina the Docent was amazing. I learned so much. Loved going at 4 pm, in Nov because we started in daylight and ended up cruising the river in the night with all the buildings lit up. Recommend 100%. Ranks up at the top of the list of must-Dos with the Art Institute and the Cubs.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
Helen K, Nov 2021 Verified
This is the most informative architecture river cruise in Chicago. Our docent was terrific. Amazing that she remembers so many facts and told wonderful stories of Chicago's history.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
Goldspun, Nov 2021 Verified
Awesome cruise! The docent was very knowledgeable and the sound system on the boat was excellent. Money so well spent!
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
SavvyJohn2020, Nov 2021 Verified
Excellent informative tour guide. Yes, they discussed that and other engineering tricks.Hollow exterior tubes for structural support, interior columns, a wind story that is open to let the wind blow through.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
M9195YIclaudiak, Nov 2021 Verified
Great tour with great buildings. Volunteering guide tells interesting stories about the buildings you see.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
laurie29, Nov 2021 Verified
The knowledgeable docent and the spectacular views! Got outdoor seats on the rail and enjoyed a beverage from the well stocked bar. Plenty of seating, able to social distance somewhat.
Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
Jack K, Nov 2021 Verified
One of the best tours ever! This was a 90 minute tour of Chicago’s architecture that takes you through much of the city’s footprint. Every minute was full of information delivered by an extremely knowledgeable docent from the Chicago Architectural Society. Our guide, Lindy, was funny, informative and clearly loved what she was doing. And we loved the presentation! A great way to see Chicago and learn about the history of this incredible city.

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