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Photo of the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady. Voted the #1 tour in Chicago!

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years.

FEATURED BOAT TOURS

Capture Chicago Photography Cruise
Saturdays and Sundays only at 9am

Attention photographers! Capture Chicago's beautiful buildings during an exclusive River Cruise designed with the photographer in mind. Move freely around the boat and have access to all angles while a highly-trained docent points out architectural highlights along the way. The tour will pause three times giving you the prime opportunity to capture the city's architecture. This tour is only offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady. Space is limited -- so book your tickets today!

Capture Chicago Photography Cruise

Capture Chicago Photography Cruise
  Twilight River Cruise

Twilight River Cruise
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7:30pm

The city's most popular tour is now offered at twilight. Serene and bathed in softer light, the city's architecture takes on a whole new life in the setting sun. Wind-down from the work-week by enjoying a cocktail with friends and family and experience Chicago's skyline on our luxury boats.

Twilight River Cruise



     

SCHEDULE

OPENING WEEK: April 5 - 10, 2014

SATURDAY
11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
SUNDAY
11am, 3pm, 5pm
MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

EARLY SPRING: April 11 - April 24, 2014

MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 12pm, 2pm
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

SPRING: April 25 - May 15, 2014

MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

LATE SPRING: May 16 - May 29, 2014

 (including Memorial Day)

MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
FRIDAY - SUNDAY & MEMORIAL DAY (5/26)
10am, 10:30am, 11am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

SUMMER: May 30 - October 13, 2014

 (including Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day)

MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 10:30am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm (Thursdays only: 7:30pm)
FRIDAY
9:30am, 10am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS
9am, 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm (Sundays only: 7:30pm)

FALL: October 14 - November 2, 2014

MONDAY - THURSDAY
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
10am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm

LATE FALL: November 3 - November 23, 2014

MONDAY - THURSDAY
11am, 1pm, 3pm
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Find The Dock

Chicago's First Lady boat dock address: 112 East Wacker Drive

Located just an 8 block walk north of CAF's Shop & Tour Center and 3 blocks from Millennium Park, the dock is conveniently located near most downtown hotels.

Link to Google Maps

Parking

Note: Please be sure to validate your parking before your river cruise as the dock closes shortly after the last cruise departs.

AUTO PARKING

Architecture River Cruise: Discounted parking is available at 111 E. Upper Wacker Drive (just east of Michigan Ave.) Be sure to bring your parking ticket to the Chicago’s First Lady dock ticket window for validation. Discount applies to stays in the garage under 4 hours only.

MOTORCOACH/LIMO DROP OFF

Lower Wacker Drive/Lower Michigan Drive
When arriving by Limo or Motorcoach, ask your driver to access Westbound Lower Wacker Drive from either Lower Lakeshore Drive or Columbus Drive. As the driver approaches Lower Wacker Dr. and Lower Michigan Ave. intersection, he/she will see a large sidewalk on the right hand side. We are located 1/2 stairway down at the South East Corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

UNABLE TO NAVIGATE THE STAIRS?

To avoid the stairs to the dock consider these 2 options:

Option #1

Use Wabash Avenue pedestrian ramp: located at Wabash & Wacker Drive, the ramps end at dock/river level. Walk 2 blocks east to the Chicago's First Lady dock.

Option #2

Guests can be dropped off at dock/river level. For detailed instructions, visit http://cruisechicago.com/location/accessible_drop_off_area/

(NOTE: Online tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.com. Members please call 312.922.8687 to redeem your 2-for-1 benefit*.)

FIND THE BOAT DOCK >>

WALK-UP TICKETS

CAF Shop & Tour Center
224 S. Michigan Ave.

OR

Chicago's First Lady Boat Dock
Southeast corner of Michigan & Wacker (112 E. Wacker Dr.)

PRICING & DURATION

$37.85 per person (plus tax)
2-for-1 discount for CAF Members*
The tour is 90 minutes long.

*Limited tickets for Saturday departures.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTIONS?

312.922.8687 
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GROUPS 

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OUR BOAT PARTNER

CAF is proud to partner with Chicago First Lady Cruises, proprietors of Chicago’s finest fleet of yachts. Their vessels hold from 120 to 200 passengers and are all equipped with full-service bars, climate-controlled lower cabins, and upscale marble and granite restrooms. A cruise on one of their boats is sure to please. Visit cruisechicago.com to learn more about private rentals.

 
 

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