Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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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

Certifications / Ratings

Green Seal Certified

Box Lunches Available


Group Breakfast Available

Group Menu

Private Dining Available

Max Restaurant Capacity 250

Private Meeting Space Available

Max Venue Capacity 850

Total Square Footage of Meeting Space 400

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated) 125

Max Capacity, Classroom Style 125

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing) 250

Max Capacity, Theater Style 250

Complete Buy-out Available

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

On-Site Catering

Largest Room, Max Capacity 250

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated) 125

Largest Room, Classroom Capacity 250

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing) 250

Largest Room, Theater Capacity 250

Number of Meeting Rooms 5

Total Square Footage of Exhibit Space 400

Preferred Catering Providers


Hours of Operation 10am-10pm

Open Seasonally

ADA Compliant

Concierge Service


Reservations Accepted

Special Interest Tours Offered

Student Group Friendly




Miles from McCormick Place 2.0

Miles from Navy Pier

Miles from Midway Airport 15.0

Miles from O'Hare Airport 15.0

Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate 20

Group Discounts Available

Maximum Group Number 250

Minimum Group Number 20

Group Capacity 250

Group Policy

Group Charter/Sightseeing

Step On Guides

Incentive Programs

Technical Tours

Student Tours


Wheelchair Accessible

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