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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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Chicago, United States
Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy a quintessential Chicago experience when you go on an architecture-themed river tour. Pick from multiple convenient start times, and board your vessel—the Lady Liberty—directly from the Chicago Riverwalk. Your trained docent guides will give you a rich introduction to the Windy City’s history, key landmarks, and architectural highlights—and you can spy landmarks like the Marina City towers and Navy Pier from the water’s edge.
  • See a new perspective on the Windy City when you sail the Chicago River
  • Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule
  • Discover key Chicago landmarks like Navy Pier and Marina City
  • Learn all about the city’s highlights and heritage from your docent guide
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Live commentary on board
Local guide (docents)
River sightseeing cruise
Drinks & light snacks (available to purchase)
112 E Wacker Dr , 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

On Chicago's Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Please use 112 E. Wacker for GPS navigation. Look for our blue awning at street level on the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Your tickets will be held at the dockside box office for collection on the day of the cruise
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for children younger than 12 years
  • Routes, specific vessels, and schedules are subject to change without notice
  • All seating is General Admission. Boarding is on a first come, first serve basis
  • Most departures wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Architecture Foundation & Chicago's First Lady Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    Where is the departure point for the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:The cruise departs from the scenic dockside along Chicago’s Riverwalk; 3 blocks north of Millennium Park and steps from The Magnificent Mile. The entrance to the Riverwalk dock is street level on the northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Is there parking available for the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:The nearest parking facility is LAZ Parkins Garage at 111 E Wacker Dr. This garage is directly across the street from the stairway to the dock and next door to the Chicago Architecture Center. There is a fee for parking.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    How early should I arrive for my Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your cruise departure time - allow extra time in summer!
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What should I bring with me on the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Bring your sunglasses, cap, or visor, as the sun can interfere with your view of the buildings.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Can I purchase food/drinks while onboard the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Yes - there is a full bar available onboard.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Is the seating assigned during the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:No - All seating is general admission. While seat numbers are printed on the tickets, you can ignore these as they are not valid.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Are there restrooms available during the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Yes, all the boats have restrooms onboard. Please note: the restrooms close 15 minutes before the end of the tour for safety reasons.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring luggage with me on the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Due to security reasons, luggage cannot be brought on board. There is not an area to store your luggage dockside either. Please leave your luggage at your hotel.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Can I bring a stroller with me on the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:Yes, you can bring a stroller onboard. Children must be removed from strollers before boarding. Strollers will be folded and stored in the salon during the cruise.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What happens if it rains on the date of my Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:All sailings go out rain or shine. All the boats have two levels – the top deck is open-air, and the lower deck is an enclosed, climate-controlled salon. Each salon is surrounded by large windows so you can stay comfortable while taking in the views.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "It is difficult to hear the tour guide so you need to get there early and sit close to the guide." See review
    • "Upstairs seating is plenty but don't forget your hats and sunscreen if you visit during summer." See review
    • "However, in the event of rain, sitting in the saloon is a less satisfactory experience." See review

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    star-4
    Rich Architectural History
    Susan_B
    , Oct 2021
    Enjoy the rich Architectural history . Downside it started raining when tour started. Docent very knowledgable
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Highly recommend
    Melissa_B
    , Oct 2021
    We had a great time! Would do it again or recommend it to anyone. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Very fascinating!
    star-5
    One of the best tours EVER!!
    Linda_W
    , Oct 2021
    Dan J. Was a fantastic tour guide! He is full of so much information not only about the architecture but also the history of Chicago. I really loved how close we were to the buildings and the many angles we saw them from. The audio was perfect! Highly recommended for both tourists and locals!!
    star-5
    Chicago river cruise
    Janice_K
    , Oct 2021
    Wonderful docent, nice ride! If you want to get a flavor of the history of Chicago, you will like this tour.
    star-5
    Definitely worth a tour! Fantastic.
    Trisha_M
    , Oct 2021
    Wonderful tour. Claudia was so passionate and had a huge wealth of knowledge. We would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family.
    star-5
    Notre Dame Staff Recommended!
    Laz_C
    , Sep 2021
    This tour was recommended by a professor at Notre Dame while we were at a football game. We mentioned that we had a free day to explore the city and she adamantly said that this was a tour we could not miss. She was so right! Thank you to the staff and docent who did a wonderful job.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent start to finish...
    NormanJ_D
    , Sep 2021
    Excellent start to finish including the boat captain, and especially the knowledgeable docent Dan J.
    star-5
    Best ever Chicago River architecture tour!
    Claire_S
    , Sep 2021
    Patricia was incredible...informative n immensely knowledgable..witty n entertaining. Best tour on the Chicago River!!
    star-5
    Awesome Scenic Cruise
    ShielanChris_E
    , Sep 2021
    The vision from the architecture was amazing. We had a very knowledgeable guide to educate us on the history. Glad we decided to take this tour! Awesome!!
    star-5
    Chicago's Amazing Architectural Tour
    Danny_F
    , Sep 2021
    The information was fantasy . The person giving the tour was awesome. Friendly funny and informative

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