Chicago Architecture Center River Cruises & walking tours spring 2021 schedule

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruises & walking tours spring 2021 schedule
View out the window from the Skyscraper Gallery in the CAC. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) Walking Tours and River Cruises are back. The popular architectural tours kick off April 17 with classic downtown and neighborhood walking tours and Chicago’s #1 boat tour –the Chicago First Lady River Cruise.

Walking Tours

Walking Tours for Chicagoans and visitors alike to discover or rediscover the city’s classic architecture and diverse neighborhoods in a safe.

Highlights include:

Fulton-Randolph Market

Stroll this 150-year old market and learn about its evolution from food wholesaling and meatpacking to gourmet restaurants, technology hubs and boutique hotels 

Northwestern University Campus

Visit this stunning, wooded campus on the shore of Lake Michigan while viewing its 19th Century Collegiate Gothic to cutting-edge, contemporary designs 


The stately neighborhood, home to Chicago’s early industrialists, modern-day innovators and President Barack Obama, is a must see neighborhood.

Hyde Park

Learn about this historic neighborhood, home to the 1893 World’s Fair, the University of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Robie House, pre-Chicago Fire houses and the famous Midway. 


One of Chicago’s most desirable suburbs and home to a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham’s “country retreat.”  


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Chicago’s #1 boat tour based on TripAdvisor user reviews, CAFC River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady (CFL) launches its 2021 cruise season along Chicago River’s canyon of architecture on April 17.

Led by CAC docents, guests will hear stories of the men and women who have designed more than 50 architecturally significant buildings along the Chicago River as well as the Chicago Riverwalk and the 13 bascule bridges on the cruise route.

River Cruises

The 90-minute River Cruise is the most in-depth, authentic architecture river cruise available and is lauded as a “must-do” activity when visiting Chicago.

Exciting new buildings with cutting edge design elements continue to rise along the river including the recently completed St. Regis (Vista) Tower, the city’s third tallest structure, and the refurbished riverfront Old Post Office.

Tour guests will view the city’s wide variety of architectural styles as they travel up and down all three branches of the Chicago River, Architectural styles including art deco, neoclassicism, mid-century modernism, and postmodernism.


Click here for River Boat Cruise tickets.

Click here for walking tour tickets.

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