June 11, 2018

Look, when you live this close to a great lake, there’s nothing you want more all summer long than to get out onto the water. Voted one of the best tours Chicago has to offer, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise tours the Chicago River in 90 minutes, highlighting some of the cities finest structures and most beautiful buildings. Get your cameras ready folks, this is one boat day you wanna remember. Read article.

Um roteiro arquitetônico por Chicago


June 6, 2018

Chicago é a cidade dos ventos. Mas também é cidade da arquitetura. Taissa Buescu, diretora da Casa Vogue, fez um passeio para ver grandes destaques arquitetônicos - neste caso arranha-céus!

Chicago is the windy city. But it is also a city of architecture. Taissa Buescu, director of Casa Vogue, took a walk to see great architectural highlights - in this case skyscrapers! Read more

Chicago, qué ver y qué hacer


June 5, 2018

¿Sabías que puedes recorrer Chicago por agua? Así es, puedes tomar el tour Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, un recorrido en barco que dura aproximadamente 90 minutos, aquí admirarás desde el río, los puentes y los rascacielos más icónicos de esta urbe y no sólo eso, un guía te contará la historia y algunas curiosidades de los mismos, comprenderás entonces porqué Chicago es conocida como la ciudad de la arquitectura moderna estadounidense.

Did you know you can tour Chicago by water? That's right, you can take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise tour, a boat trip that lasts approximately 90 minutes, here you will admire from the river, the bridges and the most iconic skyscrapers of this city and not only that, a guide will tell you the story and some curiosities of them, you will understand then why Chicago is known as the city of modern American architecture. Read more

World Film Report


May 25, 2018

The video describes the history of the Chicago river and the relation between it and the city. Watch episode 1 and episode 2.

Summer fun in the sun in Chicago: Water sports, camping, boat tours and more

Chicago Sun Times

May 24, 2018

After being cooped up in our homes all winter (and, let’s be honest, there really wasn’t a “spring” this year), we’re finally at a point where we can head outside for some fun without bringing a scarf and hand warmers with us. As a Chicagoan you’re practically bound by law to take friends from out of town out on a boat tour when they come to visit. (OK, maybe there’s no official ordinance on the books yet, but give the City Council time.) Read Article.

My Modern Met's Art + Culture Guide to Chicago

My Modern Met

May 21, 2018

It’s hard to beat the charm of Chicago. The Midwestern city has everything you’d need to for a fun urban getaway—it's steeped in history with great museums, stunning architecture, and amazing art both in its museums and in public. My Modern Met had the chance to visit some of Chicago’s top spots—including places to play, stay, and socialize. Read more.

10 Reasons You Need to Visit Chicago This Year

Condé Nast Traveler

May 15, 2018

From world-class museums and award-winning food and drink to a thriving live music scene, soaring architecture, and miles of waterways and green space, Chicago is a veritable playground to the culturalist. With so much to see and do, planning an itinerary can overwhelm tourists and longtime residents alike. These 10 unique experiences traversing art, music, architecture, film, and food and drink will give you a deeper look at Chicago’s local art and culture scene and make you fall in love with the city—if not for the first time, then all over again. Read more.

This is America's favourite city – so why do the British ignore it?

The Telegraph

May 10, 2018

A survey last year by US magazine Condé Nast Traveler confirmed what any patriotic Midwesterner could have told you: the favourite city break of Americans was Chicago. Yes, Chicago; the blue-collared city most Britons ignore for more glitzy destinations like New York and San Francisco. Read more.

How to see the best of Chicago if you're there less than a week


May 9, 2018

Mirror Travel shares the six sights, tastes and experiences not to miss in the USA's former Second City, including the best way to truly take in the city’s range of architecture styles. Read article.

5 great summer office outings employees will love

Crain's Chicago Business 

May 5,2018

Several blocks to the northeast, Chicago's First Lady Cruises has begun its season of excursions on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, with private cruises available through mid-November for groups  of up to 250. With a choice of five vessels, including a private yacht that holds six, and an assortment of Chicago-focused food and beverage options, cruising is a great way for locals and visitors alike to see the city in a short time. Read More

Watch: Architecture tour cruises along Chicago River

ABC 7 Chicago

May 4, 2018

With warm weather and sunny skies returning to the Windy City, people will flock to the Chicago River for the city's iconic architecture boat tours. Watch video.

Visit Chicago City Break

The Sun

April 28, 2018

Chicago is having its moment — and this city has far more to offer than just skyscrapers and deep-dish pizza.The architecture river cruise, departing from DuSable Bridge, is a stunning way to see these wonderful buildings from a new perspective and learn about the fascinating history behind each one. Read article

Chicago travel guide: Where to stay, what to do and how to get there

Sunday Express

April 26, 2018

Chicago has some of the best architecture across the USA, a burgeoning food culture and host of unique tourist attractions. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is one of the best ways to see the city as it winds through the gargantuan skyscrapers, sound tracked by an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide. Read article.

This is the most popular tourist attraction in every state


March 16, 2018

Whether you’ve planned a trip or you’re making a pit stop on a long drive, a new city has a lot to offer. Between museums, city landmarks and national parks, each U.S. state has its own culture and history tourists can learn from. Illinois: Chicago's First Lady Cruises, rated as one of the top 10 attractions in the country, is a must do in Chicago. Read article

Worth It Cities: Chicago Tourist Attractions


January 22, 2018

Worth It Cities: Chicago, a spin-off of BuzzFeed’s popular series Worth It, host Steven, along with his co-host Jen and camera person Annie, try out different Chicago experiences to determine which is the most “worth it” at its given price point. Watch Video.

Experience Chicago 2018

Chicago Magazine 


Chicago has so much to offer both residents and visitors, but nothing compares to a tour of the city’s stunning architecture aboard a Chicago’s First Lady Cruises vessel. Read Article

Chicago: Places to Go for the Best Skyline Photos


December 6, 2017

Arguably the best way to see Chicago, is to hop onto the Chicago First Lady Cruise. On this cruise you’ll get an overview of the city, its history and architecture. Definitely one of the best ways to take in the grandeur of Chicago’s skyline! Read Article.

Travel: Breathtaking beauty of Chicago makes it our kind of town

The Sunday Post

September 7, 2017

Well, despite what the rest of the Calamity Jane lyrics say, Doris Day must have been deranged to prefer Deadwood to Chicago. Because not even gale-force winds would have been enough to blow Team Shaw out of this, our new favourite city. Chicago natives are rightly proud of their city’s architectural heritage, which was kickstarted by the Great Fire of 1871 that pretty much levelled the whole place. And the best way to appreciate it is to take Chicago’s First Lady Architecture Cruise. Read Article

How Giving Up Uber On Vacation Changed the Way I Travel


September 1, 2017

Letting go of plans—and walking and running everywhere—allowed me to experience a new city in a more meaningful and spontaneous way than I ever thought possible. Taking a cruise down the Chicago River also offers an experience that can't be experienced by car. Read Article.

What To Do In Chicago When You're Not Playing Golf

Golf Digest

September 1, 2017

Golfers can glimpse the storied Chicago skyline from both Harborside International and Jackson Park courses, but for an up-close look at some of the city's iconic skyscrapers—from the Art Deco Carbide & Carbon building to the Wrigley Building's impressive clock tower—take an architecture tour on the Chicago River. Read Article.

Top Things to Do in Chicago

Where Traveler

August 21, 2017

Frank Sinatra sings of Chicago being, “my kind of town.” We can’t say we blame Ol’ Blue Eyes. At its heart, Chicago, in spite of its legendary brutal winters, is an All-American city with international appeal. The oldest boat tour operator in the city makes a great—and lasting—first impression. Read Article.

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Boys, boys, Boys(town): Why Chicago is one of the world's most amazing cities

Gay Star Travel

July 28, 2017

Over a leisurely 90 minutes on board, you’ll absorb the history of the city’s skyline from a distinct perspective. It’s probably the only way to take in the sheer variety of architectural styles that pepper the banks of the Chicago River. Read the full article here.

Around Town With Chicago's First Lady Cruises & the Chicago Architecture Foundation


July 21, 2017

For more than 80 years, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and its parent company, Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline, have been a cornerstone of Chicago’s vibrant Riverwalk. Read Article.

Chicago shows off during the summer


July 14, 2017

Chicago’s buildings literally glow during the summer, and one of the most popular ways to gaze at them is on a cruise down the Chicago River. The 90-minute twilight cruise by Chicago’s First Lady Cruises operates  in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Read Article

Chicago: What's Hot


July 2017

One of the top tours in the U.S. according to TripAdvisor members and one of the top attractions in Chicago. See the spread here.

Was Frank Lloyd Wright America’s greatest ever architect?

The Telegraph

June 8, 2017

This is where the skyscraper was invented, along with the elevator, and a good way to see it all is on a Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour of the Chicago River. Read the article.

Chicago Riverwalk Set to Celebrate Opening This Week

NBC5 Chicago

May 18, 2017

As long as you've lived in Chicago, if you haven't done one of these river trips, it's eye opening. You see it from a whole different perspective. Watch the full clip here.

Summer in fantastic Chicago

Amsterdam News

May 12, 2017

One of the most magical things I experienced while there was the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. You can enjoy a hour and a half up and down the Chicago River during the time of the day when the skyscrapers and sky are the most beautiful. Read the full article here.

6 New Reasons to Come to Chicago in 2017

Choose Chicago

April 6, 2017

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is one of the city’s most popular architecture cruises that is also available to private groups. Read the article.

Architecture Boat Tour Season Starts


April 2, 2017

Passengers aboard the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise enjoyed panoramic views of the city and learned about its rich history. Watch the clip here.


ABC 7 Eyewitness News

April 1, 2017

When you’re taking a wonderful cruise aboard a beautiful boat, it’s the perfect combination. Roz Varon joins us for a morning river cruise. Watch the clip here.

6 Tours First Time Chicago Visitors Should Experience

U.S. News and World Report

February 15, 2017

Guided experiences are as diverse as Chiago's attractions, parks, restaurants and neighborhoods. U.S. News asked local experts for their take on the best tours the city has to offer. Here's what they said. Read the article.

Chicago: A perfect day in The Loop

The Independent

September 19, 2016

Get your bearings and see Chicago's impressive skyline on a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise with Chicago's First Lady Cruises. It's a chance to admire historic buildings, new skyscrapers being built and the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower from all angles. Read the article.

All Aboard! The Ultimate Chicago Wedding Venue

Chicago Style Weddings

August 31, 2016

Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions that couples make while planning their wedding. Traditional venues such as reception halls, restaurants and banquet rooms provide suitable accommodations; however, private cruise ships and yachts have quickly become a top trendy wedding venue for stylish Chicago couples. Read the blog.

Adventures in Chicago by Boat of Segway

Courier & Press

August 17, 2016

Chicago is world-famous for its soaring skyscrapers that represent more than a century of visionary design, and admiring this intriguing architecture by boat is a much better option than going by car because you don’t have to navigate or worry about getting stuck in traffic. Read the article.

Best of Chicago 2016: City Life

Chicago Reader

July 2016

Chicago Reader released their annual Best of Chicago City Guide, awarding Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise as the best tour in Chicago! See the list.

Summer In Chicago Hits All the Right Notes

July 22, 2016

Chicago may be known for the blues, but these days the city is singing another tune: This year it's once again host to Lollapalooza, the multi-day music festival featuring big acts like Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem. But the Windy City is about more than just music, and summer is the best time to explore all it has to offer. Read the article.

Things to Do in Chicago - Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Wanderlust and Wonderlust
June 22, 2016

When researching what I should do in the Windy City, my guide book had this pegged as the top tour in the whole of Chicago and "not to be missed" - so I was very intrigued! It's a spectacular experience, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and to serenely cruise down the beautiful river, taking in the sights, sounds and smells, (yes smells, in this case that's a good thing - the cruise takes you past a chocolate factory which is mouth wateringly good!) in the birthplace of the American skyscraper. Read the blog.

Azeeza Khan's City Guide

Barney's New York THE
May 24, 2016

Famous Chicago designer Azeeza Khan lists Chicago’s First Lady Cruises as a must do, proclaiming it it to be the "perfect way to take in the city fully.” See Azeeza's city guide.

7 Things You Want to Do when you’re in Chicago

May 19, 2016

Writer Kiki Duran lists 7 essential things to do while visiting Chicago. Coming in at #5 is the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise in which she claims that “some of the prettiest photos are made by boat” in Chicago. Read the article.

#CoLifeOutings: Roommates in Chicago List Their Top 4 City Spots

May 6, 2016

City life can be suffocating sometimes, and sometimes you just need a breather away. If you want to catch some fresh air with your roommates, but want to stay in Chicago, consider an Architecture Foundation River Cruise Tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady. This wildly popular tour made a few “best of” lists for top boat tours and showcases the brilliance of Chicago’s architecture. Read the article.

Chicago: Places To Go For The Best Skyline Photo

The Huffington Post
April 14, 2016

Arguably the best way to see Chicago, is to hop onto the Chicago First Lady Cruise. On this cruise you’ll get an overview of the city, its history and architecture. Definitely one of the best ways to take in the grandeur of Chicago’s skyline! Another budget friendlier option is to stroll along the water. Read the article.

Chicago - "The Windy City is mighty pretty"

Gay Times
April 9, 2016

Just under nine hours direct from London is the bustling city of Chicago, Illinois. Laced with stunning architecture on almost every corner you turn, it’s easy to see why so many regard Chicago as an alternate holiday destination to New York. And after our trip, we couldn’t agree more. Read the article.

Architecture, food and music keep tourists coming to Chicago

New York Daily News
December 2015

According to our waiter, there was only one way to truly appreciate the city’s love of architecture: a Chicago River tour. So the next day, we signed up with Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. We lucked into a gloriously balmy day, and everybody piled onto the upper deck for the gentle, 90-minute trip along the water ribboning through the city. Read the article.

Insider Guide: Best of Chicago

November 2015

Ask anyone on the street what he or she likes most about Chicago, and you'll mostly likely get "the friendly people. But what makes Chicagoans so gosh darn friendly? Perhaps it's the camaraderie they form during the city's harsh winters and blessed summers. Or maybe it's because this Midwestern mecca has some of the best museums, restaurants and architecture in the world -- and it's all actually affordable. Read the article.

Chicago’s Coolest Venues for Private Parties

Make It Better
November 6, 2015

No matter the celebration, it’s always especially memorable when the event takes place at a unique venue. These Chicago and North Shore locations are hidden gems, perfect for your next wedding, anniversary party, shower, bar mitzvah or birthday bash. Read the article.

SKY LINES: Chicago, an architectural beacon

NUVO Magazine
October 2015

There are architectural boat tours, and then there’s the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise, the best of them all. Not just because it passes through some of the richest architectural landscape in the world, but also because each of the docents is a passionate expert on their city, tracing Chicago’s meteoric rise over the last century-and-a-half with humour and without boosterism. Read the article.

CHICAGO: Plein La Vue!

La Metropole
October 14, 2015

Chicago n’est plus la ville du célèbre gangster Al Capone*1 et des bars louches. Chicago est une ville moderne, propre sécuritaire, très bien organisée et franchement très belle. Chicago est d’ailleurs aujourd’hui reconnue comme la capitale de l’architecture moderne des États-Unis. Pour vous en convaincre, prenez le tour du Chicago’s First Lady Cruise sur le thème de l’architecture. 

Translation: Chicago is not the city of the famous gangster Al Capone and sleazy bars. Chicago is a modern city, clean, safe, well organized and downright beautiful. Chicago is also now recognized as the capital of modern architecture in the United States. To convince you, take the tour of Chicago's First Lady Cruises on the theme of architecture. Read the article.

20 Ultimate Things to Do in Chicago

September 18, 2015

Chicago’s impressive skyline is wonderful to gawk at while floating down the Chicago River, and many operators offer boat rides to take in the lovely sights. The best of these, however, are the 90-minute tours led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

TripAdvisor Shines a Spotlight on the Top 10 Tours in the U.S.

September 2015

TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, announced the top 10 tours across the U.S., based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises was the only tour in the Midwest to make the top 10 list. Read the article.

Must-sees in seven cities: How to make the best use of that stopover

The Globe and Mail
September 2015 

Having a layover in a foreign city is one of the hassles of business travel. Nobody wants to waste half a day at another anonymous, soul-numbing airport. Here’s a look at some great things you can do if you’ve got a longer-than-normal layover in various cities around the globe, with a great thing to do and a great meal to try.Read the article.

Chicago First Lady Tour: A boat's eye look at Chicago architecture

Chicago Now
July 2015

The Chicago Architecture Foundation's (CAF) First Lady Tour shows off Chicago's world renown architecture via boats that wind down the Chicago River along the newly created Riverwalk; the North Branch; River City; Navy Pier and more accompanied by lively commentary covering over 50 buildings, their architects and Chicago history along the way. Read the article.

See Chicago from a different point of view

Wood TV
July 2015

So many people in West Michigan make road trips to Chicago. It’s absolutely beautiful there in the summer and a great way to experience the city involves getting on a boat! Read the article.

One Perfect Day in Chicago

Yahoo! Travel
July 2015
Fringed by Lake Michigan, Chicago bats in a league all its own. Days are enjoyed by dining al fresco, hitting up the beaches that stretch along the lake, getting out on the water, taking in a free movie at the park, and attending the endless street festivals that pop up around the city. Here’s the perfect day in Chicago. Read the article.

7 Intimate Chicago Wedding Venues That Will Fit Your Event Just Right!

Here Comes The Guide
July 2015
If you’re planning a small wedding, you may feel a little like Goldilocks as you try to find a place that fits your event “just right”. But if you’re searching in Chicago you’re in luck! The Windy City offers plenty of options for hosting an intimate wedding, from a private mansion or vintage loft to a sleek yacht or Italian restaurant. While some of the venues we’ve listed also have spaces that are great for larger groups, all of them happily accommodate cozier celebrations. Read the article.

First Date with Chicago

Vacations & Travel
July 2015
For first time visitors to this city by the lake, it is seriously impressive. So much so that you can’t help but fall in love at first sight. Here are ten of the best things to do on a first visit. Read the article.

Chicago: Don't Look Down

San Antonio Magazine
April 2015

The heights of Chicago may be irresistible, but the city’s remarkable culture and architecture are best experienced on the ground. Read the article.

3 Day-Cruises Worth the Trip

New York Times
March 2015

Chicago's First Lady Cruises is the New York Times's pick for enjoying Chicago's "architecture, nature and history — in just a few hours." Read the article.

3 Days In Chicago

Condé Nast Traveler
December 2014
Condé Nast Traveler planned a three-day itinerary for Chicago tourists. The magazine recommends Chicago's First Lady Cruises for exploring the city's architecture. Read the article

10 Crazy-Different Wedding Venues

The Knot

November 2014

If you’re not getting married in a house of worship, your venue options are almost endless. Here are a few of our favorite offbeat ideas. Read the article.

Make waves this summer on 5 fun-filled urban river cruises

New York Post
July 2014
For many folks, summer often means escaping to the beach. But city-folk — and travelers — can take in a dose of water-filled fun this summer without ever leaving town. How? By experiencing one of the numerous river cruises in key cities nationwide. Chicago's First Lady Cruises is the Post's choice for river cruises in Chicago. Read the article.

Desiree Rogers introduces “Chicago’s Classic Lady”


May 2014
Chicago’s First Lady cruises is adding another vessel to the Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise fleet, “Chicago’s Classic Lady.”  Desiree Rogers, Board Chair for ChooseChicago and Holly Agra, President of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises joined Sirott and Murciano to talk about Chicago’s tourism industry. Listen to the interview.

Desiree Rogers reveals yet another side of herself at a christening

Chicago Business Journal
May 2014

Rogers was on board Chicago's Classic Lady to formally christen the new boat before a crowd of local officials and other VIP's. Read the article

Chicago's First Lady Cruises adds new vessel, christened by Desirée Rogers

May 2014

Desirée Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, christened Chicago's First Lady Cruises's newest custom luxury yacht, Chicago's Classic Lady. Read the article.

10 Reasons to Honeymoon in Chicago

Irish Brides
October 2013

A mix of old-fashioned glamour and urban chic, Chicago is the insider’s choice for American cool. The Windy City may seem low-key, but this culture-rich metropolis makes for a fast-paced and fabulous honeymoon hangout, says Jillian Bolger. Read the article.

Friendly locals, top attractions, make Chicago one of a kind

Brantford Explorer
August 2013

The Windy City is known for its distinctive architecture. A Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise with Chicago's First Lady Cruises will help you get your bearings as you float through the city centre. Read the article

Woman saved after jumping into Chicago River--for a swim

Chicago Tribune
May 2013

A woman who is believed to have jumped into the Chicago River downtown for a swim was quickly rescued by the crew of a tour boat--in the middle of their annual Coast Guard inspection, officials said.Read the article.

Docents from suburbs love to lead Chicago architecture boat tours

Daily Herald
August 2012

When you board the Leading Lady, the vessel on which this official Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise is held, it's easy to mistake Captain Rich Casler for the boat's undisputed leader. In addition to the title -- and the outfit befitting a man in such a position -- he's the one addressing the assembling crowd, informing the passengers of coast guard regulations and pitching special raspberry vodka lemonades and souvenir Chicago's First Lady hats. Read the article.

Vision beyond the horizon helps Chicago's First Lady Cruises grow, succeed

Chicago Tribune
May 2012
Chicago's First Lady Cruises has been the official fleet of the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise for 19 years and is the sister company of Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline. Agra, 54, has been at the helm of growth at both since she smashed a bottle of Dom Perignon on the hull of the First Lady's first ship in 1991. Read the article

Doll lore and Chicago history blend in boat tour

July 2011

Through a recent teaming between American Girl Place, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago's First Lady Cruises, young girls and their families are in for an exciting experience in the Windy City this summer. Read the article.

River cruises spotlight Chicago's architecture

USA Today
April 2008
Tickets are on sale for Chicago's architecture cruise, which starts running again for the season beginning May 3. Read the article.

Cruise Chicago's architecture

April 2008

If you love Chicago and its unique architecture, it's time to think about cruising it in a new way. Read the article.