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Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

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  • Ashleigh G.
    Ashleigh GardnerMai 25, 2017
    When everyone tells you to take the architecture boat cruise in Chicago, this is the one they mean. other operators use students with a script, this one has knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides.
    vor 2 Wochen positiv bewertet
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Highlights along the tour cover more than a century of architectural innovation from classic buildings like the Civic Opera House to mid-century experiment Marina City to modern buildings like Aqua. Mehr erfahren
    vor 22 Stunden positiv bewertet
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedAugust 31, 2014
    We had visitors in from out of town and decided to take the river tour. Weather was great for it and so was the experience on the First Lady. Very informative with all the history and facts!
  • Pablo P.
    Pablo PintoOktober 18, 2016
    You can't miss this tour! Worth every penny. Sit and relax on the ferry and get history and architecture lessons. Highly recommended
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanAugust 24, 2012
    Learn about great buildings during wonderful, docent-led 90 minute cruise along the Chicago River.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WAugust 28, 2017
    Our docent was friendly, funny and obviously passionate about Chicago architecture. The buildings we saw from the water were quite impressive. A great way to see and appreciate the wonders of Chicago.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BJuly 13, 2016
    Well worth the ticket price. The boat ride was great and our guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. The hour and a half flew by we were having such a good time.
  • Kat F.
    Kat FAugust 10, 2017
    No matter how many times you've done this tour, there's always something new to learn as the Chicago skyline is always changing. Personally I do it every year and have never been disappointed!
  • Thomas N.
    Thomas NewtonJuni 13, 2014
    They use a few different boats so sit were you like. The front on the boat is a fine place to sit. Also the bartenders are not jerks, they are people just like you and I. Be respectful and have fun!
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole ReganFebruar 7, 2016
    Always a pleasure. Each tour guide has their own style and stories, going more then once never feels redundant.
  • Jose A.
    Jose Alfaro, Jr.Juni 13, 2015
    I'm not an architecture buff; however, I found this 90 min. tour to be very interesting and a great way to learn about the history of Chicago. The docent was a volunteer professor from Northwestern.
  • Laurea d.
    Laurea de OcampoJuly 9, 2015
    Really fun way to see the historical buildings on the Chicago River. Docents are volunteers from the Chicago Architecture foundation.
  • Merili B.
    Merili Baralic PadillaNovember 26, 2013
    If in Chicago don't miss out on this tour. Whether you like architecture or not it's a great experience. Try time it with good weather so you don't freeze on the upper deck
  • Ofir W.
    Wonderful cruise well worth the money on a good weather day. The guide was of amazing insights and conveyed them in an entertaining manner
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruar 21, 2014
    The best way to learn about the city’s historic buildings (the Tribune Tower; Merchandise Mart) is on a boat tour run by Chicago Architecture Foundation guides.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BellJuly 24, 2017
    Great way to see the city and learn about the architectural and historical highlights. Tour guides are very knowledgeable.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherAugust 29, 2014
    Well worth the ticket price. The architecture tour is as enjoyable as it is informative. Drinks available on board.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxSeptember 23, 2013
    There are a ton of river boat tours stretching from Navy Pier down the river, but this is the best. Super enthusiastic (and knowledgeable) guide. 90 minutes. Do this day 1 of your trip!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SmithJuly 8, 2013
    The tour is excellent! Make sure you get there early if you want a good seat on the deck however. Also, bonus points for the on-board bar!
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaMai 19, 2016
    Great first stop on our trip to Chicago. We learned so much and the ride was beautiful. Definitely some of the best views of the city
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisSeptember 2, 2015
    Love this tour. Learn so much about the city every time. Prefer it during the day, but they also offer one ride at 7:30pm.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HuijnenMai 31, 2017
    If you like architecture, don't skip this tour. Amazing buildings, knowledgeable guide, relaxing boat ride. Well worth the time and money.
  • E. T.
    E. T.Oktober 10, 2017
    The volunteers / docent will provide you will a wonderful of the Chicago architecture, from the classics to the more recent buildings!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterAugust 22, 2014
    Best boat tour in the city if you're looking for a knowledgeable guide who really knows architecture!
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 8, 2011
    The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour might be the best in the city. The docents are all volunteers, but you'll marvel at the depth of their knowledge.
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichJuni 18, 2015
    Architecture tour is worth it. A nice relaxing way to see and learn about Chicago. ⚓️
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 6, 2016
    Kind of touristy, but a great way to see a lot of Chicago in a short amount of time (and get good historical / architectural context!)
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.July 22, 2013
    A wonderful way to see the Windy City. I've done this tour twice and learned a great deal of new information the second time around. Docents are terrific.
  • Kristen M.
    Loved the ride, just dress accordingly. By end I was so cold I kinda stop listening because I couldn’t feel my body!
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    Great way to learn about the skyline and the amazing architecture of the city. Very pleasant ride.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsOktober 20, 2016
    Seriously so fun and glad you can buy cocktails on the boat. Highly recommend this tour!
  • Fluying ✅.
    I found the views in the bow section much better than the ones inside or the upper deck
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GOktober 11, 2015
    Awseome boat tour. Great architecture and the tour guide was very informative and entertaining!
  • Lorraine S.
    Lorraine SSeptember 7, 2011
    Amazing tour of Chicago's unique architecture! Arrive earlier to get a good seat upstairs. Drinks are decent - try the margarita ;)
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellApril 13, 2015
    Great tour. Even the most cynical will be engaged by this. Really knowledgable and entertaining
  • Billy T.
    Billy TerrellSeptember 10, 2013
    Excellent 90 minute docent led tour full of Chicago history and spectacular views. Highly recommended.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJuni 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago says this is one "touristy" attraction that's actually a fascinating experience. The tour starts only 2 blocks from the Sax.
  • aneessa s.
    aneessa steilenSeptember 11, 2015
    Architecture foundation Docent provides a ton on great info around the history of the buildings and the river.
  • L H.
    L HessAugust 16, 2011
    This was a great tour — totally worth it. Not just for tourists, either; it's genuinely interesting and lovely.
  • Valerie
    ValerieSeptember 16, 2014
    Really great tour. Very informational and a wonderful way to see the city.
  • Zarin L.
    It's worth to do this and you'll have an architecture guide.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PepplerSeptember 14, 2014
    This is a great way to see Chicago. Better to see building than street level
  • Travis I.
    Travis InceSeptember 28, 2015
    Buy your tickets at the riverside kiosk, NOT ONLINE. You will pay about $20 extra in fees buying tickets online.
  • Simon S.
    Simon SmidtJuly 26, 2011
    Very interesting if you like architecture, but listening to 90 minutes of facts might be a bit too much for the average tourist. Despite that, you get a very good view of the city from the river.
    SNOCRUOktober 21, 2012
    Best tour AND most popular in the city so show up early
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartOktober 18, 2015
    Amazing tour, fun and educational. A great way to see the city.
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VoyerApril 30, 2017
    Recommend booking closer to your actual trip - cold/rainy weather probably not worth it.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰July 14, 2013
    Look for the blue awning. Don't get fooled by the "fake tours" that have a lot of promoters. This is the real deal
  • Maggie H.
    Maggie HartOktober 28, 2012
    Fascinating tour - definitely a must! Make sure you sit on the left ;)
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 10, 2015
    Loved having such an enthusiastic tour guide! Made the tour that much more exciting.
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