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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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  • Patio


112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago’s Riverwalk, Chicago IL 60601

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Welcome to the Official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady- Chicago’s #1 tour based on TripAdvisor reviews, and the ultimate way to see Chicago from the water.

Experience a fascinating, 90-minute journey through Chicago’s diverse riverfront architecture as passionate, volunteer docents from the Chicago Architecture Center provide a detailed narrative of Chicago’s various architectural styles and the stories of the people who designed and built the city. Cruises depart daily March 30 – November 24, 2019 from Chicago’s Riverwalk.

Individual tickets start at $44.48 (plus tax) and can be purchased at the dockside box office, CAC store, or Specialty architecture cruises include the Capture Chicago Photography Cruise (summer Saturdays and Sundays at 9AM) and the popular Twilight Cruise (select summer evenings at 7:30PM – starting at $49.21). Group rates are available starting at $26 and up (based on day and time) and may reserve in advance. Groups of 10 or more may be booked by calling the Chicago Architecture Center at (312) 922-8687 or by emailing

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Health Screening Required-Staff

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

CDC Recommended Cleaning Procedures

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Mobile Payments Accepted

Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

No Contact Services

Wheelchair Accessible


Student Tours

Technical Tours

Incentive Programs

Step On Guides

Group Charter/Sightseeing

Complimentary Policy Please inquire

Motorcoach Parking On-site

Group Policy

Average Visit/Tour Length varies

Group Capacity 250

Minimum Group Number 2

Maximum Group Number 250

Group Discounts Available

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 20

Miles from O'Hare Airport 17.0

Miles from Midway Airport 12.0

Miles from Navy Pier

Miles from McCormick Place 2.0



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Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Reservations Accepted


Concierge Service

ADA Compliant

Food On-site OTHER

Airport(s) Served ORD & MDW

Open Seasonally


Buy-out Max Capacity 250

Preferred Catering Providers

Number of Meeting Rooms 5

Largest Room, Theater Capacity 250

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 250

Largest Room, Classroom Capacity 250

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 125

Largest Room, Max Capacity 250

On-Site Catering

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Theater Style 250

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 250

Max Capacity, Classroom Style 125

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 125

Max Venue Capacity 850

Private Meeting Space Available

Max Restaurant Capacity 250

Private Dining Available

Group Menu

Group Breakfast Available


Box Lunches Available

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