Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise - See Departure Schedule

Experience Chicago's #1 tour and get the real story about Chicago's rich architectural history from our passionate and expertly trained CAF docents.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise - See Departure Schedule

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Enter our #BestiesGetaway Sweepstakes for a chance to win an overnight stay at The Peninsula Chicago, looks from Rent the Runway, cruise tickets and more! Through May 25

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See What's NEW for 2015

Extended Twilight CAF Cruise Schedule, New Chicago Snacks aboard, Sunset River Cruise + Lawry's Dinner, American Girl Cruise, Contests and more.

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See What's NEW for 2015

Featured in The New York Times: 3 Day-Cruises Worth the Trip

March 13, 2015 - The New York Times says Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is an "edifying" and "lively" day-cruise worth the trip.

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Featured in The New York Times: 3 Day-Cruises Worth the Trip

NEW for 2015: Breakfast Meeting Cruises

Invigorate your morning meeting with a Breakfast Meeting Cruise along Chicago's waterways! Special rates apply. Cruise season opens April 4.

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NEW for 2015: Breakfast Meeting Cruises

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We are the official partners of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
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We have been named Chicago's Best Tour by the Chicago Reader!
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Choose to Cruise and Plan a Trip to Remember

Chicago's First Lady offers Chicago's finest fleet of cruising vessels. With five boats that can accommodate groups ranging from 2 - 250 people, Chicago's First Lady is an excellent choice for all of your special events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, birthday party cruises, corporate entertaining, chartered boat tours and much more. Chicago's First Lady Cruises is the official cruiseline of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and is proud to present the official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Whether you choose to cruise on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan, we promise your party will be a night to remember. 

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12 Breakfast Best Bets Near Dock
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15 Graduation Party Ideas
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We ❤ Architecture: Valentine’s Fun
We ❤ Architecture: Valentine’s Fun
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