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TripAdvisor: 10 Reasons Guests Love Our CAF River Cruise

Posted on August 15, 2017

We are pleased the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises is recognized as the #1 tour in Chicago with a 5-star rating based on the quality and quantity of TripAdvisor reviews. We perused recent reviews and identified 10 reasons guests say they love the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. We couldn't think of anyone better to sum it up than our cruisers themselves!

1. Passionate Docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation



"A master storyteller and wealth of knowledge. I would do it again and again." 
southsideslick, Arizona

"Our tour guide was a retired architect so he spoke from experience and REAL knowledge. He was knowledgeable about Chicago but also funny and interesting." 
- SagamoreHill; Connecticut

"Loved learning about the history of Chicago's jaw-dropping architecture from a well-spoken and encyclopedic docent." 
- DaveAhoy, Washington DC

"Our docent spoke about each architectural structure as if he built it himself, very knowledgeable and passionate about his city."
- edconhd77, New York

2. The Perfect Introduction to Chicago

"Doing this tour at the beginning of my trip enriched and enhanced my experience of Chicago. When I went up Willis Tower the next day I understood what I was seeing that makes Chicago so great."
- Julie L, Toronto, Canada

"The architecture tour is mandatory for first-time visitors. This is absolutely the best way to see and learn about all the skyscrapers of Chicago."
- Tracy K, New Jersey

"I feel more at home in Chicago after taking this tour."
- Tom B, Kansas

3. Beautiful Vessels


"The boat was extremely clean and comfortable."
Lynne P

"The vessel was spotless!" 
- JJmom53, Michigan

"The ship is very clean as are the bathrooms. Departure and returns are precise." 
- Martin R; Michigan


4. Unscripted Tour

"Our docent clearly loved the subject matter and was not merely reciting a set speech." 
- OldTravelFool, Virginia

"I have lived in Chicago for 38 years and have taken this architecture boat tour several times. I learn something new each time." 
- GB7855, Chicago

"Each docent is extensively trained and offers a bit different slant on the architecture, history, tales, and facts related to Chicago." 
- Michael M, United States


5. Incredible Views from Unique Perspective of River


"The vistas were once in lifetime views."
-Maria G, Georgia

"Your pictures will look like postcards!" 
- momor3, Missouri

"The boat was comfortable and the views were perfect. One of the best tour experiences we have had."
- Gina P, London

6. Highly Recommended...by Everyone

"The architecture river tour was recommend by many of our friends and our hotel concierge."
- Henderson, Nevada

"We were in Chicago for a day and everyone we'd talked to recommended the boat tour given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation."
- Alex V

"When we started researching our trip to Chicago, the one thing that everyone recommended was this tour."
- PGHpanther2014, Pennsylvania

8. Conveniently Located on Chicago's Beautiful Riverwalk


"After the cruise, enjoy the new river walk and stroll to riverside entertainment, dining, and people watching spots."
- Becky P, Florida

"While you're at it, or waiting for your tour to start, take a walk along the Riverwalk. It is a destination in itself." 
- Gordon, Chicago"

"Conveniently located just steps off Michigan Avenue."
- nydolly, Pennsylvania

9. Full-Service Bar + Snacks


"The bartender makes a great Bloody Mary!" 
- edconhd77, New York 

"They have nice facilities and a full bar to relax with."
- Caddy1071

"I recommend the 9 am cruise, the lighting is just perfect and they serve Bloody Mary's and Mimosas!"
- Mel G, Florida

10. Friendly, Professional Staff and Crew

"The boats are U.S. Coast Guard certified and the captain and crew are extremely professional."
- Triduncan, Washington DC

"The staff and crew were helpful, friendly, and obviously enjoyed what they were doing."
- 89jefferyn, United States

"The ticketing process was easy and everyone involved with the First Lady cruises are helpful and professional."
- Andreas B