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From the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises to Chicago’s most popular architecture walking tours, CAF has an activity that meets the interests of your group.
What is the minimum group size?
We welcome groups of 10 or more. Special group rates begin with groups of 15 or more. A group of 20 or more is required for special rates on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
For groups of six or less, we can arrange for a
private or custom tour. An experienced and knowledgeable CAF docent can take you on an existing tour or create a tour based on your interests.
What time should my group arrive?
If your group is taking a boat tour, please arrive dockside 30 minutes prior to boarding. For all other tours, please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
What are the deposit and final payment policies?
There is a 50 percent deposit required when your tour is contracted. The balance is due two weeks prior to your tour departure.
What are the cancellation and refund policies?
Cancellations made at least 30 days in advance of the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations made 14 – 30 days in advance of the event will forfeit their deposit. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the event. Any group reservation not paid in full 14 days prior to the event date may be cancelled at our sole discretion resulting in forfeiture of deposit.
Can I adjust my passenger counts?
Your counts may be adjusted up to the day your final payment is due. After the final payment is due, CAF will add guests based on availability, but the tickets will be at full price.
Are there any age restrictions?
The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise offers neither a youth nor student discount because the content is designed for adults. Most of CAF’s walking and bus tours can be adjusted to fit a specific age group.
How do I get my tickets?
Your CAF River Cruise tickets will be waiting for you at the dockside ticket office. For walking, bus and trolley tours, our docent(s) will meet your group leader at the starting point and no tickets are required. Please bring your group contract with you on the day of your tour to check your group in.
Where is the CAF Shop and Tour Center?
Our address is 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.
Where is the dock?
The CAF River Cruise departs from the Chicago’s First Lady boat dock, located at the southeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (When using GPS, enter 112 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601.) The dock is eight blocks north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center. You’ll find the dock at the bottom of the stairs.
Is the dock accessible?
mobility access drop-off area is located on Lower, Lower Wacker Drive, just west of Stetson Avenue. The drop-off area is at river level, avoiding the need to use a staircase.
Where is the bus drop-off?
Buses can unload CAF River Cruise groups on Lower, Lower Wacker Drive, in the same area as the mobility access drop-off area listed above. The road is less congested than the other levels of Wacker Drive, making it easier to load and unload motor coaches.
If your tour departs from the CAF Shop & Tour Center, please drop off your group at 224 S. Michigan Ave., on the west side of the street.
How close are you to Millennium Park?
Millennium Park is three blocks north of CAF on Michigan Avenue.
Can you suggest food or catering options?
CAF can recommend a variety of food options from boxed lunches aboard your river cruise, to picnic lunches at Cloud Gate (the Bean), to limitless restaurant options in the Loop. For more information, please contact
Where does my tour begin?
For a boat tour, motor coach drop-off is available at the river level on Lower, Lower Wacker Dr. just west of Stetson Ave. Dropping off here will bring your group to river level, and they can avoid a large staircase needed to access the dock from Upper Wacker Dr. Lower, Lower Wacker is also less congested and it will be easier to load and unload your motor coach or vehicle.
Be aware, most GPS systems struggle with multi-level roads.
Click here for printable directions that will bring you to a safe drop-off location.
If your tour departs from the CAF Shop & Tour Center, please drop off your group at 224 S. Michigan Ave. on the
west side of the street.