The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a non-profit organization that inspires people to discover why design matters.
This was a great tour — totally worth it. Not just for tourists, either; it's genuinely interesting and lovely.
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.
Do NOT sit in the front of the boat. The guide talks after you pass the building. If you figure that out then all the seats are taken upstairs. VERY disappointing. They should not put chairs there.
Learn about great buildings during wonderful, docent-led 90 minute cruise along the Chicago River.
This is a must do if you're visiting
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Pretty impressive bar selection for an architecture tour.
Best tour AND most popular in the city so show up early
Make sure you sit on the open top deck--sacrifice warmth for the view.
Book EARLY! Best architecture tour in the city!
Don't sit in the front of the boat. Excellent place to learn the unique history behind Chicago and great views.
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!
Don't miss the boat :(
Great way to see Chicago.
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.
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!
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!
Look for the blue awning. Don't get fooled by the "fake tours" that have a lot of promoters. This is the real deal
Fascinating tour - definitely a must! Make sure you sit on the left ;)
Front of the boat is just fine. dress warmly!
Unmissable if you are touring Chicago.
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.
Food and drinks sold on board but u're welcome to bring you own (non-alcoholic)
Wonderfully informative! Sit on top and enjoy!
Really great tour. Very informational and a wonderful way to see the city.
This is a great way to see Chicago. Better to see building than street level
Informative 90min boat cruise that showcases the highlights of Chicago's beautiful architecture
Best boat tour in the city if you're looking for a knowledgeable guide who really knows architecture!
Don't go on hot days. You'll roast. Come when it's not too hot.
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
Really interesting, although best views are from on the deck, so try to pick a dry day!
Hot chocolate and Bailey's is awesome for this cold day
Bartender is a total jerk
Excellent 90 minute docent led tour full of Chicago history and spectacular views. Highly recommended.
Very informative tour, next time I come I will go on the evening tour to see the city lights. :)
The tour is excellent! Make sure you get there early if you want a good seat on the deck though.
They have good local beers on board. Try a few!
Cross your fingers that you get Lindy as your tour guide. She is so punny
Amazing tour of Chicago's unique architecture! Arrive earlier to get a good seat upstairs. Drinks are decent - try the margarita ;)