With its towering heights and abundance of unique historic buildings, it's no wonder that Chicago's spectacular skyline is impressive for visitors and locals alike. Go beyond the surface of these magnificent structures and mirrored skyscrapers with a Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. Connect to the city's rich history and discover why this enlightening 90-minute tour along the Chicago River is Chicago’s #1 tour based on TripAdvisor reviews.

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Premier Vessels

Hop aboard one of the luxury vessels, where the full-service bar, marble and granite bathrooms and state-of-the-art sound system set the scene for a smooth voyage. Relax in air-conditioned comfort in the interior salon deck, or grab a seat on the open-air upper deck to take in some sunshine and unobstructed panoramic views of Chicago's most iconic riverfront landmarks: Willis Tower, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Tribune Tower, Aqua Tower and many more. You'll navigate along all three branches of the Chicago River and spot more than 50 significant buildings along the way.

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Highly Trained Docents

History buffs will love the insightful tidbits and stories told during the architecture cruise. While you're gliding along the river, a Chicago Architecture Center-certified volunteer docent will share in-depth knowledge not only about the impressive architectural features but also about the important people and history behind these legendary structures.

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Specialty Cruises

Looking to experience the Chicago skyline in the evening? Take the summertime Twilight Cruise to watch the sunset as you pass through gleaming skyscrapers illuminated in a blaze of color and light. The seasonal Capture Chicago Photography Cruise is another exciting way to see the city in a whole new light early weekend mornings.  

Chicago's First Lady Cruises also offers rentals for private events, perfect for elegant gatherings (think: weddings, family reunions or birthday parties) for up to 250 guests, with unforgettable Chicago views as a backdrop. 

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Know Before You Go:

Chicago's First Lady tours depart from Riverside Gardens on Chicago's Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. (Look for the blue awning.) Cruises run from April to November, and departure times vary according to season. Tickets cost $46 - $49.

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