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Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady

Chicago Scene aboard Chicago’s First Lady on the Chicago River
Tickets start at $51.96 for daytime river cruiseTickets start at $55.74 for evening cruiseVISIT THE CAC FOR JUST $5 EXTRA!Please note, prices are subject to change.
Northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and E. Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance, 112 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicagos First Lady is committed to taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its river cruise guests and team, including ensuring that boats are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and their service. Chicagos First Lady offers restrooms on board each vessel with running water and plenty of soap. Chicagos First Lady continues to follow the recommendations of public health officials and is monitoring the evolving situation.

#1 boat tour in North America according to USA Today Readers’ Choice 2021 Awards! Looking for the ultimate Chicago architecture experience? Buy a combo ticket for the river cruise AND visit the Chicago Architecture Centeryou’ll save $9!

For more than 25 years, the CAC’s expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you’ll get the best overview of Chicagos architecture and its history.

Learn what’s new on the River Cruise.

St Patrick’s Day Clover Cruise

Join Chicago’s First Lady Cruises on Saturday, March 12, 2022 for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Clover Cruise and witness the dyeing of the Chicago River in spectacular fashion! Don your best green attire and get ready to shake your shamrocks for a whale of a good time as you eat, drink and be merry from the comfort of our luxurious vessels.

The Lady Grebe Chicago River Experience

The best and most stylish way to enjoy summer on the Chicago River and now for the first time, Lady Grebe will be available to reserve for 90-minute private cruises every weekend! For groups of 6 people or less, it’s the most sophisticated fun you will have with your friends or loved ones this summer. Add on premium bar service, or a Chicago Architecture Center docent for the inside scoop on Chicago and its architecture!

About Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago’s Finest Fleet. Home of The Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise Aboat Chicago’s First Lady and the most unique private events for groups of 2 – 250.


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Located On Chicagos Beautiful Riverwalk

COVID-19 Statement:We are committed to taking the proper precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and team including ensuring that our boats are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and service. We also have restrooms on board each vessel with running water and plenty of soap. We continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and are monitoring the evolving situation.


Our Chicago River cruises depart from our scenic dockside along Chicagos strollable Riverwalk, just three blocks north of Millennium Park and steps from The Magnificent Mile.

About Our Boat Partner

Enjoy a ride on the Chicago River this weekend. Chicago

Were proud to partner with Chicagos First Lady Cruises, operator of Chicagos finest fleet of cruising vessels. Its boats hold up to 250 passengers and feature open-air upper decks, full-service bars, climate-controlled lower cabins and upscale marble and granite restrooms. Being onboard is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

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Prices: What’s This Going To Cost

Rental Fee
  • $2,000/event and up
  • Pricing is hourly, ranging $1,0001,400/hour, depending on the boat selected and day of the week. Minimum cruise times apply. Each yacht features:

  • Use of the open-air upper deck and climate controlled main deck
  • Staffed, full-service bar
  • White aisle runner, tables & chairs, sound and AV systems, and marble & granite restrooms
Additional Info
  • Hosted bar packages range $2842/person for a 2-hour cruise. Cash or consumption bars may also be available.

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Changes Atop Chicago Passenger Vessel Companies

ChicagosFirst Lady Cruises and Mercury, Chicagos Skyline Cruiseline recently announced the transition to the fourth generation of family leadership during its 87th year of operation on Chicagos waterways.

Robert Agra III, who has been with Chicagos First Lady Cruises for 20 years, will now serve as president and chief marketing officer of the company. He will also be vice president of Mercury, Chicagos Skyline Cruiseline. His brother, Capt. Tim Agra, will serve as vice president of Chicagos First Lady Cruises and president of Mercury, Chicagos Skyline Cruiseline.

Captain Bob and I are thrilled to charge our sons with leading our fourth generation, family-owned and operated business into an exciting contemporary chapter of our legacy, said Holly Agra, who will step down as the president of Chicagos First Lady Cruises and assume the new role of board chair. As a mom and business-leader, I couldnt imagine a grander way of celebrating 87 years than by passing the torch to our sons. Bob III and Tim have greatly contributed to our growth with the addition of three-identical, custom designed and built large passenger vessels, as well as initiating new product offerings. They have invested years in their education and use their experience to expand efficiencies, increase ridership and strengthen the collaborative two-decade partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center for our popular river cruise aboard Chicagos First Lady.

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