Advance Tickets are recommended!
The Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
90-Minutes of Amazing!
Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago's world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort. Open-air and air-conditioned seating is available.
Learn about the architecture and design of over 50 buildings as described by CAF-Certified Volunteer Docents/Guides. Don't settle for imitations, look for the CAF logo. Full Service Bar onboard each vessel.
90-minute river architecture cruises depart daily. 2013 cruises begin in April.
All tours depart from Riverside Gardens, Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge). Look for our blue awning. Please be on time for boarding.
Tickets may not be refunded or exchanged if you miss your boat!
*Please be aware that all bags are inspected prior to boarding and no luggage is allowed onboard.
Tour Details & Pricing
A portion of the cruise fee supports architecture education, provided by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Thank you for your support.
Season: April 13-November 17, 2013 $37.85 per person
All persons must have a ticket including infants and children. Cruises board 15 minutes before departure time. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Cruises depart from the Chicago's First Lady Dock located at the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Look for our blue awning. A snack bar and indoor salon with air conditioning and outdoor general admission seating is available for each guest. All passengers including children must present a valid ticket. See -Our Location- information and directions for guests with limited mobility.
Please note that all seating is general admission.
Applicable city tax not included.
The Chicago's First Lady ticket window is open Monday-Wednesday, 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. beginning April 2013. Note: Tickets purchased in person at this window or the Chicago Architecture Foundation are exempt from Ticketmaster fees.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Chicago Architecture Foundation located at 224 S. Michigan Avenue, and at the Chicago Water Works Visitor Center at Pearson St. and Michigan Ave. Tickets may be purchased with Cash, Visa or MasterCard. Open 7 days per week.
Choose any Tuesday or Wednesday and save $7 per person. (Ticketmaster purchases only)
Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-982-2787, or online with a credit card through Ticketmaster (look for the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise) or in person with cash at any Ticketmaster outlet located at Hot Tix (72 E. Randolph Street) or the Chicago Visitor Information Center (163 E. Pearson Street). To learn more about other Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, visit www.architecture.org.
Full Service Bar
Each Chicago's First Lady vessel is equipped with a full service bar and friendly bartender. Enjoy a choice of icey cold beers, wines, fun summer drinks, as well as coffee, tea and Coca Cola products. Bottles of wine and champagne are also available for purchase to enhance any on-board celebration! Credit cards are gladly accepted at the bar and group consumption tabs are also available.
Groups of 10 or more may be booked directly by calling the Chicago Architecture Foundation at 312-322-1131 or emailing email@example.com (certain discounts may apply.) Docents/Guides for private parties are also available. Group reservations are taken throughout the year. 2013 Season: April - November