Chicago Architecture Foundation - Chicago's First Lady Tickets
112 E. Wacker Drive, (SE Corner Michigan Avenue Bridge), Chicago, IL 60601
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Chicago Architecture Foundation - Chicago's First Lady Tickets and Event Dates
DirectionsSUMMER TRAFFIC ALERT – ALLOW EXTRA TIME
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO PLANNED CONSTRUCTION ON I90/94 (KENNEDY EXPRESSWAY), GUESTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL ROUTES UTILIZING LAKE SHORE DRIVE OR 1-290. PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME AND PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY.
From Lake Shore Drive, exit at Wacker Drive and go west. Parking on left at 111 E. Wacker Drive.
From I-90/I-94 (Kennedy/Edens Expressway), exit Ohio St. Go east to State Street. Turn right (south), cross over bridge then turn left (east) on Wacker Drive. Parking on the right at 111 E. Wacker Drive.
From I-290 (Eisenhower), exit at Congress St and continue east to Michigan Avenue. At Michigan go straight through the intersection; turn left at the next light, taking you to north bound Michigan Avenue. Head North on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive and turn right on Wacker Dr. Parking is available at 111 E. Wacker Drive.
ParkingABM-Systems Parking Garages: Patron must follow discount guidelines and have ticket stamped at CFL Window.
111 East Wacker Drive (ILLINOIS CENTER):
-1st Driveway East of Michigan Ave (next to Fannie May Candy)
-Discount and availability: Anytime
-$12 for 3 hours/$14 for 4 hours+
-Regular rates apply after 4 hours (normally $23+)
Call CTA/Pace/Metra for information at (312) 836-7000
Box Office NumbersIndividual Tickets: 800-745-3000
CAF Member Reservations: 312-922-8687
Groups of 10 or more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Box Office HoursChicago First Lady Dock Box Office Hours
Mon - Wed: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thurs: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 9:00am - 7:30pm
Sat - Sun: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Chicago Architecture Foundation Box Office Hours
Sat-Thurs: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Types of Payment AcceptedThe Chicago’s First Lady Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Cash.
Will CallWill call tickets are available at Chicago’s First Lady dock on Wacker and Michigan when the box office opens on the day of the cruise. We strongly recommend arriving at the box office 30 minutes prior to the start time of your cruise. See box office hours above.
Accessible SeatingAccessible Seating and Drop-Off
Both open-air and enclosed seating options available aboard Chicagoâs Leading Lady on odd-hour departure times.
For information for Mobility-Device Assisted Guests please see website www.cruisechicago.com/location.
General Rules90 minute cruise of the Chicago River complete with educational commentary provided by trained Chicago Architecture Foundation certified docent guides, aboard Chicago's First Lady fleet.
The tour covers the following routes on the Chicago River:
1. Michigan Ave & Wacker Dr. (Starting point)
2. Main branch of River (Canal Street to Navy Pier)
3. South Branch of River (to Roosevelt Rd)
4. North Branch of River (to Chicago Ave.)
-General Admission seating. All tickets for upper deck and interior salon with air conditioning available on first come, first served basis.
-CRUISE TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE (covered area in lower deck available)
-THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR TIME EXCHANGES (tickets are printed with specific dates & times)
-EVERYONE MUST HAVE A TICKET-regardless of age (Due to Coast Guard regulations, everyone who boards the boat MUST have a ticket, even infants & children)
Capture Chicago Photography Cruise
Saturdays & Sundays only at 9am
Attention photographers! Capture Chicago's beautiful buildings during an exclusive 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. Space is limited -- so book your tickets today!
Children Rules- All children & infants need a ticket to board the boats. Infant priced tickets are available.
- There are no reduced rates for seniors or children over 3 years old.
- Please note: This is an adult oriented attraction.
- Strollers must be folded and stored in the dining salon.
MiscellaneousUnder Federal law, and due to special marine safety construction guidelines, USCG-regulated small vessels, are not subject to land-based architectural
configuration requirements, although we do our best to accommodate the disabled consistent with our vessel capabilities, staffing and the docking space which is publicly owned and controlled. We can do a better job with advance notice. We always offer early boarding for our passengers with limited mobility. Please identify yourself to any uniformed employee upon arrival, and let us know how we can assist watertight threshold configuration and limited turning areas make us unable to accommodate motorized scooters. We offer a standard wheelchair for use on a complimentary basis. Although not necessary, we recommend a caregiver accompany any guest with mobility restrictions to facilitate movement during the cruise, for the boat may rock unexpectedly, or to assist in the unlikely case of