Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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.
As a certified nonprofit, all ticket purchases directly support education efforts and community engagement projects. No visit to Chicago is complete without experiencing this award winning tour, so accept no substitutes.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

The story of the Chicago River is one that continues to unfold. Through periods of industry, transportation, revitalization and recreation, it has grown and changed like the city itself.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601-3713

The Chicago Architecture Center is directly across Wacker Drive from the Chicago's First Lady docks. Discounted admission of $5 per person is available if you show your river cruise ticket.

Pass By: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3419

From naval base and university campus to shipping hub and entertainment destination, Navy Pier is Chicago’s hallmark of adaptive reuse.

Pass By: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

When architect Bertrand Goldberg envisioned Marina City, it was an urban experiment designed to draw middle-class Chicagoans back to the city after more than a decade of suburban migration.

Pass By: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

When our docents explain that the Trump International Hotel & Tower reflects its surroundings, they aren’t only referring to its shiny glass and steel exterior.

Pass By: 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

One of the last American projects designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, this powerful Modernist structure occupies a prominent place on the Chicago River.

Pass By: 150 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, USA

Gravity-defying 150 North Riverside has already taken its rightful place among Chicago’s architectural and engineering wonders.

Pass By: 100 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, USA

View Boeing International Headquarters at 100 N Riverside Plaza.

Pass By: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

For nearly 25 years after its completion, the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, held the title of tallest building in the world.

Pass By: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz Suite 107, Chicago, IL 60654-1103

Size has always mattered in the Midwest. Upon its completion in 1930, it was the largest building in the world and served as Marshall Field’s wholesale warehouse, where retailers could buy stock.

Pass By: Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), 20 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606-7431

View the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building, located at 20 S Wacker Drive.

Pass By: Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, 560 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

Chicago Tribune Freedom Center.

Informacion Adicional
"Wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult"
"Not recommended for children younger than 12 years"
"Service animals allowed"
"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"
"Near public transportation"
"Most, but not all, departures are wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required"
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
"Pets are not allowed"
"Most travelers can participate"
"WARNING: Tickets are not refundable or transferrable to other departures."
"IMPORTANT: For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Guests who are able to transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair based on availability."
"This tour is available in recorded form in 4 languages: Continental French, Latin American Spanish, Japanese and Korean. To access these languages, please download the "Listen Everywhere" app in advance. Once you are on board the boat, the app will connect and allow you to listen in your selected language as the boat makes its way down the river."
"Face masks are recommended but not required.
Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations."
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Duração: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Ponto de partida: 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Cancelamentos e reembolsos: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide (docents)
  • River sightseeing cruise

Não Incluído

  • Drinks & light snacks (available to purchase)
  • Storage for luggage


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