Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Experience Chicago like never before

Chicago Architecture River Cruise
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Experience the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike.

With a wide variety of daily departure times, everyone is sure to find a cruise that suites their schedule and interests.

Capture Chicago Photography Cruise – Capture Chicago’s beautiful buildings during an exclusive CAF River Cruise designed with the photographer in mind. Move freely around the boat and have access to all angles while a highly-trained docent points out architectural highlights along the way. The tour will pause three times giving you the prime opportunity to capture the city’s architecture. This tour is only offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Twilight River Cruise – The city’s most popular tour is now offered at twilight. Serene and bathed in softer light, the city’s architecture takes on a whole new life in the setting sun. Wind-down from the work-week by enjoying a cocktail with friends and family and experience Chicago’s skyline on our luxury boats.

Information for your Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise:
• All tours depart rain or shine.
• Each person must have a ticket, including infants and children.
• Arrive 30 minutes prior to your cruise departure time, allowing extra time for traffic and parking in summer.
• Seating is general admission.
• A full-service bar and snack bar are available onboard.

Learn more about the Chicago Architecture River Cruise

CAF-certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history.

Learn more about the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive, a blue awning marks the boat dock entrance stairs that lead down to the river. Enter 112 E. Wacker Dr. into your GPS.