TOUR WITH THE BEST
Due to harsh winters that often freeze the Chicago River, our River Cruise is currently out of season until Spring 2015.
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.
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
Note: Please be sure to validate your parking before your river cruise as the dock closes shortly after the last cruise departs.
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:
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.
Guests can be dropped off at dock/river level. For detailed instructions, visit http://cruisechicago.com/location/accessible_drop_off_area/
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.