Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago

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Boat Tour · Outdoor Activity
Chicago's First Lady and her sister ships, Chicago's Fair Lady, Chicago's Little Lady, Chicago's Leading Lady and Chicago's Classic Lady - are the definition of elegance along the Chicago River.

Home to Chicago's #1 Architecture Tour - the Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises - guests aboard our vessels experience 90-minutes of amazing. Stories and rich details of Chicago's architectural history are narrated by volunteer docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

In the evening, the vessels transform into private event spaces perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, business presentations, baby showers, networking events and much more. For a more intimate setting of one to six people, vintage yacht Lady Grebe is a must see. Built in 1961 in Chicago, this luxurious vessel has seen the likes of movie stars, dignitaries and corporate executives aboard her deck.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
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  • Captain of vessel brutally chided my party of six as he was addressing the gruop. Couple of friends just catching up with light conversation did not need an up and down from obviously cranky...  more »
  • Wow! I'm honored and so grateful to have experienced this incredible tour. A big shout out to Patricia ("Pat"), our docent! I've been on about 5 architecture tours in Chicago and the First Lady is...  more »
  • Our tour guide was so energetic and fun to listen to! I've never had someone who was more engaging and enthusiastic to listen to about the history of Chicago's architecture. The boat itself was quite nice and the route was substantial for a river cruise. All in all super fun! It was a great experience and I would recommend this for both entertainment and educational purposes!
  • Fabulous experience at this tour! I am not a big ‘architecture’ fan so didn’t have high hopes but the entire 90 mins was super interesting with fun historical facts and details on designs!! Highly recommend if you are a tourist at Chicago!
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