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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crain's Chicago Business
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barney's New York THE WINDOW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York Daily News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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®, 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.
The Globe and Mail
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here Comes The Guide
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.
Vacations & Travel
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.
San Antonio Magazine
The heights of Chicago may be irresistible, but the city’s remarkable culture and architecture are best experienced on the ground. Read the article.
New York Times
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.
Condé Nast Traveler
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
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.
New York Post
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.
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.
Chicago Business Journal
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Tickets are on sale for Chicago's architecture cruise, which starts running again for the season beginning May 3. Read the article.
If you love Chicago and its unique architecture, it's time to think about cruising it in a new way. Read the article.