Chicago's First Lady Cruises
  • Welcome aboard Chicago's finest fleet! Choose Chicago's First Lady and the Chicago Architecture Foundation to experience 90-minutes of amazing! The Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise departs only from the Chicago Riverwalk, just 3-blocks North of Millennium Park at the Southeast corner of the Michigan Ave Bridge at Wacker Dr. Discover the luxury of Chicago's Finest Fleet, complete with open-air upper decks and upscale interior salon decks. See Chicago's riverfront architecture described by CAF-certified volunteer docents and capture the beauty of over 53 significant buildings and bridges. Upper deck seating provides the best views and opportunities for great photos. Each boat offers a refreshing fully stocked bar. For an extra special event, reserve a private party cruise! A private CAF docent can also serve as your host for the evening. We offer four private charter vessels to choose from, based on your group's size and budget complete with customized departure times, catering, full bar service and entertainment. This unique venue will wow your clients or staff with Chicago's fantastic skyline as the backdrop. Choose a private cruise during a Wednesday or Saturday summer evening and your guests will be treated to a lakefront fireworks display. Perfect for weddings and social outings too. For travel professionals: Your group will love you. The Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises is the only way to see Chicago from the water. Groups may reserve in advance by calling 312-322-1131 or emailing Groups $26 and up. Experience 90-minutes of amazing with a CAF-certified volunteer docent providing stories of Chicago's grand buildings and the men and women who dreamed to design them. You will cruise on all three branches of the Chicago River. Only Chicago's First Lady's fleet offers the style and comfort of open-air upper decks as well as climate controlled salon decks complete with granite and marble restrooms. Each guest receives a complimentary map detailing highlights of the tour. There is a full bar on-board, or you may wish to arrange for a box-lunch for your group.
    Certifications / Ratings
    • Green Seal Certified:
    Facility Amenities
    • Box Lunches Available:
    • Entertainment:
    • Group Breakfast Available:
    • Group Menu:
    • Max Restaurant Capacity: 299
    • Private Dining Available:
    General Facility Details
    • ADA Compliant:
    • Airport(s) Served: ORD & MDW
    • Bar/Lounge:
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    • Family-friendly:
    • Food On-site: OTHER
    • Hours of Operation: 10am-10pm
    • Minimum Size for Group Admission Rate: 20
    • Open Seasonally:
    • Reservations Accepted:
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    • Student Group Friendly:
    Location Information
    • Miles from McCormick Place: 2
    • Miles from Midway Airport: 15
    • Miles from Navy Pier: 1
    • Miles from O'Hare Airport: 15
    Payment Method(s) Accepted
    • Discover:
    • MasterCard:
    • Visa:
    Group Amenities
    • Average Visit/Tour Length: varies
    • Complimentary Policy: Please inquire
    • Group Capacity: 250
    • Group Discounts Available:
    • Group Policy:
    • Maximum Group Number: 250
    • Minimum Group Number: 20
    • Motorcoach Parking: On-site
    Services Offered
    • Group Charter/Sightseeing:
    • Incentive Programs:
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    • Specialty Markets: Association, Convention, Corporate, Financial, GLBT, Incentive, Leisure, Management, Medical, Meetings, Pharmaceutical, Sport, Reunion, Student
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    • Wheelchair Accessible:
  • Facility Meeting Space Details
    • Preferred Catering Providers:
    • Complete Buy-out Available:
    • In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s):
    • Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated): 125
    • Max Capacity, Classroom Style: 125
    • Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing): 250
    • Max Capacity, Theater Style: 250
    • Max Venue Capacity: 850
    • Number of Meeting Rooms: 5
    • On-Site Catering:
    • Outside Reception Space Available:
    • Private Meeting Space Available:
    • Total Square Footage of Exhibit Space: 400
    • Total Square Footage of Meeting Space: 400
    Largest Meeting Room Details
    • Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated): 125
    • Largest Room, Classroom Capacity: 250
    • Largest Room, Max Capacity: 250
    • Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing): 250
    • Largest Room, Theater Capacity: 250