Beverage Options

We carry a full premium bar and offer four bar packages with custom and upgradable beverage options.

  • First Mate Package$34 per person
  • Soft Drinks, Juices, Iced Tea, Draft Beer (Miller Lite, Revolution Craft Beer), Summer Wines (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir)

  • Commodore Package$41 per person
  • Soft Drinks, Juices, Iced Tea, Draft Beer, Canned Beer & Seltzer (Modelo, Revolution Pils, Seasonal Revolution, Northman Cider, High Noon Seltzers), Summer Wines, Tito’s Vodka, Tanqueray Gin, Bacardi Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Myers’s Dark Rum, Espolòn Tequila, Dewar’s Scotch, Jim Beam Bourbon, Templeton Rye Whiskey, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

  • Admiral Package$46 per person
  • Soft Drinks, Juices, Iced Tea, Draft Beer, Canned Beer & Seltzer (Modelo, Revolution Pils, Seasonal Revolution, Northman Cider, High Noon Seltzers, Javi Ranch Water in Lime & Watermelon), Wines (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot), Korbel Champagne, Grey Goose Vodka, Tito’s Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Hendrick's Gin, Bacardi Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Myers’s Dark Rum, Don Julio Tequila Blanco, The Macallan Double Cask Scotch 12 Year, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Templeton Rye Whiskey

Allow us to help bring your vision to life by customizing beverage choices for your private boat tour or other event. Our bar manager will be happy to help you plan out the perfect bar package that is ideally suited to your needs.

Bar Basics

  • One complimentary bartender included for up to 70 guests
  • Additional bartender fees apply based on guest count
  • One bartender maximum on Little Lady
  • Additional beverage options and enhancements available
  • Cash and consumption bars available on select days and times, please inquire
  • All packages provide open bar service
  • We offer cocktails but no shots
  • Last call 10 minutes before end of cruise

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Catering Options

  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is Chicago's original Spanish restaurant, featuring authentic Spanish cuisine including tapas, pintxos (bite-sized appetizers) and the classic rice dish, paella. The menu is designed for guests to share, and experience a variety of tastes and flavors.

    Contact: Emily McCauley

    (773) 935-5000
    [email protected]
    cafebabareeba.com

    View sample menu

  • Entertaining Company
  • Entertaining Company

    With their artistic presentation, seamless execution and unwavering attention to detail, Entertaining Company appeals to people who appreciate an artful approach to cuisine.

    Contact: Denise Robinette
    (312) 406-9757
    [email protected]
    entertainingcompany.com

    View sample dinner menu

  • Gem Catering & Events
  • Gem Catering & Events Logo

    Gem Catering & Events focuses on creating innovative, personalized menus across all types of cuisines and price points to fully customize your dining experience. From a casual, backyard barbecue to a formal, white tablecloth dinner, Gem Catering & Events can do it all.

    Contact: Abby Carson
    (312) 645-7760
    [email protected]
    gemcateringandevents.com

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  • Gino’s East
  • Gino's East Logo

    Gino's East is famous for our Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza. With our rich, chunky tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese, these pizzas will make memories! We also offer other salad, classic sandwiches, and pasta options. Our catering representative will be happy to help you create a custom menu for your group.

    Contact: Carol Guerra
    (312) 266-3337
    [email protected]
    ginoseast.com

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  • Harry Caray’s Catering & Events
  • Harry Caray's

    Named for the late renowned baseball announcer, Harry Caray’s offers unparalleled service, whether you choose Italian, Southwestern, Backyard BBQ or Steakhouse classics. 

    Contact: Sebastian Osuch
    (312) 595-8063
    [email protected]
    harrycarays.com

    View sample dinner menu

  • Shaw's Crab House
  • Shaw's Crab House

    Shaw's Crab House is a Chicago institution boasting a selection of seafood with a longstanding commitment to offering top quality ingredients since 1984. Shaw's menu features simple preparations executed to perfection to allow quality to take center stage.

    Contact: Erin Juache
    (312) 527-2722
    [email protected]
    shawscrabhouse.com

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  • Summer House Santa Monica
  • Summer House logo

    Summer House Santa Monica presents an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the West Coast. The menus are California inspired and focus on locally sourced ingredients, market-driven dishes, and seasonal specialties.

    Contact: Trishie Schweinfurth
    (773) 634-4100
    [email protected]
    summerhousesm.com

    View sample dinner menu

Excellence and Experience

With countless customizable and delectable catering options, your event is sure to be an unforgettable culinary experience for each and every one of your guests.

We enjoy long-term relationships with acclaimed gourmet catering partners who are committed to crafting a menu that is inspired by you. French, Italian, Spanish, steakhouse or finger food - you choose the menu, knowing the results will always be delicious! Excellence and experience are the keys to our success—and the success of your event. Chicago’s First Lady is one of the most unique, premier private event locations in the city, and we have the food and service to match.

Catering Info Sheet

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Preferred Vendors

Enhance Your Event with Our Recommended Vendors

  • Photo & Video
  • Becky Brown Photography
    A Chicago based wedding photographer who specializes in modern weddings.
    773-609-2778
    [email protected]
    beckybrownphotography.com

    Couple of Dudes Photography 
    A collective of like-minded creatives offering excellent photography and affable personalities at your event. It's like adding a friend to your guest list!
    Contact: Joe Tighe
    312-480-6956
    [email protected]
    coupleofdudes.com

    Dennis Lee Photography
    A native Chicagoan with an eye for catching the moment that tells the story.
    312-505-6901
    [email protected]
    dennisleephoto.com

    Fotio
    Fotio looks like a vintage camera and has a real-time slideshow instead of print-outs.
    Contact: Nick Harvey
    309-657-3674
    [email protected]
    fotio.co

    George Street Photo & Video
    Receive a photo and video package that will capture your memories forever. Contact for an exclusive George Street Photo & Video offer.
    866-831-4103
    [email protected]
    georgestreetphoto.com

    Jana Blue Photography
    Intimate and minimalist style focusing on those subtle and mysterious elements that invoke feelings of magic and awe.
    224-489-2815
    [email protected]
    janabluephotography.com

    MERLO MEDIA
    Arrange a photobooth to let your guests take home a fun memento of your event.
    773-859-9999
    [email protected]
    merlomedia.com

    Prudence Photography
    Our vibrant work is a testament to our years of experience in capturing priceless moments that won't cost you an arm and a leg. We are very flexible with pricing and can offer a great discount when you book photo and video!
    Contact: Ty Acierto
    773-562-9476
    [email protected]
    prudencephotography.com

    Rachel Kaye Photography
    I’m here to take rad pictures of you getting married no matter who/where/when/why or how. If you're all about candid moments, fun ‘posing’ that doesn’t feel that way & animated GIFs then you're in the right place!
    [email protected]
    rachelkayephoto.com

    Step & Repeat by Chicago Printworks
    Nothing says ritz and glamor more than the iconic backdrop seen behind famous actors at the Oscars, while they have their photos taken. Why not recreate that classy moment for your own event?
    Chicago Printworks
    312-943-2202
    chicagoprintworks.com/products/step-and-repeat-backdrop-printing

    Tamar Productions
    For over 35 years, Tamar Productions, Inc. has been producing sophisticated and cutting-edge events. A small selection of our services include: decor, corporate branding, portable photo booths, casino or lawn games, DJs/musicians, actors/greeters, Cirque performers, and more!
    Contact: Mary Ann Rose
    773-880-1000
    [email protected]
    tamarproductionsinc.com

    Ueda Photography
    Fresh, discreet, photojournalistic coverage for your event.
    Contact name: Romulo Ueda
    608-228-7770
    [email protected]
    uedaphotography.com

  • Decor & Flowers
  • Cattails Florist
    Contact: Lisa Atterberry
    773-486-1621
    cattailsflowers.com

    The Festive Frog
    The Festive Frog provides unique tabletop rental solutions, for an elevated aesthetic. Offerings including a vast array of fine china, flatware & gorgeous vintage barware. We like to think of our tabletop rentals not only as functional but also as exciting & memorable decor for your event.
    Contact: Kendell DeBoom
    847-987-1711
    [email protected]
    or: Jane McClenahan
    847-769-4335
    [email protected]
    thefestivefrog.com

    Flowers for Dreams
    Wedding and event company that hand curates flowers at local markets each day to create fresh, unique bouquets and arrangements. Every purchase benefits a local charity.
    Contact: Michael Zucker
    312-620-1410
    [email protected]
    flowersfordreams.com

    Luxe Productions
    Premier event lighting, projection, photobooth & DJ services.
    Contact: Jamie Grossman
    312-898-1752
    [email protected]
    luxeproductions.com

    Mariano's (Lakeshore East) Florist Department
    Beautiful flower arrangements and event centerpieces for every budget, delivery available.
    312-228-1349
    333 E. Benton Place
    marianos.com

    Tamar Productions
    For over 35 years, Tamar Productions, Inc. has been producing sophisticated and cutting-edge events. A small selection of our services include: decor, corporate branding, portable photo booths, casino or lawn games, DJs/musicians, actors/greeters, Cirque performers, and more!
    Contact: Mary Ann Rose
    773-880-1000
    [email protected]
    tamarproductionsinc.com

  • Entertainment
  • Airbooth Social
    An open-air, photo booth perfect for private events.
    773-360-2333
    [email protected]
    airboothsocial.com

    Aloha Chicago
    Greet your guests with leis, hula dancers, Polynesian fire dancers and more with Aloha Chicago.
    847-910-2254
    [email protected]
    alohachicago.com

    Arlen Music Productions
    Arlen Music is a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. Winner of the 2015-2018 Best Band by Make It Better Magazine, Arlen Music is recognized as the leader and trendsetter within the Chicago special event industry.
    847-869-8826
    [email protected]
    app.arlenmusic.com/arlen-music-productions

    Corey Bless Production
    Corey Bless Production will provide great DJ services for any event. Corporate, Private, Wedding, Sweet 16, Birthdays and Anniversary Celebrations. We can Customize Your Playlist for any event making it most festive and memorable!
    Contact: Corey Bless
    847-366-6584
    [email protected]
    www.coreyblessproduction.com

    DJ-Chicago Mobile DJ Productions
    Our number one priority is to exceed our client’s expectations. Our success in doing this is reflected in our reviews and the fact that a majority of our clients are repeat or referral customers. You can rest assured we'll meet your highest expectations!
    Contact: Nick McMann
    773-472-5100
    [email protected]
    DJ-Chicago.com

    DJ Dustin Harris
    DJ for weddings, private parties, and clubs.
    Contact: DJ Dustin Harris
    312-405-0323
    [email protected]
    dustinharris.biz

    DJ Greg Corner
    The Chicago-based DJ who played President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday party at the Aragon Ballroom.
    Contact: DJ Greg Corner
    [email protected]

    DJ Tess
    DJ for private events.
    djtess.com

    Felix and Fingers
    Dueling pianos bring the fun!
    (815) 245-3623
    [email protected]
    felixandfingers.com

    Green Line Talent
    Green Line Talent is female-owned boutique DJ and Musician Agency. We are super hands-on, and hire our DJs and solo musicians, not only because they're talented, but because they are actually the kind of people we wouldn't mind having at our own parties! And since Sounding Good is just as important as Doing Good, we donate a portion of our profits each year to animal rescue. Planning a wedding and not sure where to start? If you haven't yet, take our Quiz, and we'll send over some suggestions.
    312-248-3505
    [email protected]
    greenlinetalent.com

    HYE Demand Entertainment
    We are Chicagoland's premier entertainment company specializing in providing a unique, memorable and individual experience to take your event to the next level with our DJ's, Radiant Photobooths, Photographers and more. From preparation, inception to execution, we will be on point to help and guide you to your perfect event or project. 
    847-915-2372
    hdechicago.com 
    [email protected] 

    JJ Entertainment
    Contact: Jay F. Cabrera IV
    847-650-9933
    jjentertainmentchicago@gmail.com

    JR III Productions
    Saxophonist/Band Director providing entertainment for private events.
    Contact: James Render
    312-608-4339
    [email protected]

    Luxe Productions
    Premier event lighting, projection, photobooth & DJ services.
    Contact: Jamie Grossman
    312-898-1752
    [email protected]
    luxeproductions.com

    Master Magician
    Contact: Mike O'Donnell
    773-234-1301
    [email protected]
    magicofmike.com

    Paris Swing
    Lively, elegant and fun swing band using 3 to 7 pieces for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
    Contact: Eddie Harrison
    708-218-4208
    [email protected]
    parisswing.net

    Tamar Productions
    For over 35 years, Tamar Productions, Inc. has been producing sophisticated and cutting-edge events. A small selection of our services include: decor, corporate branding, portable photo booths, casino or lawn games, DJs/musicians, actors/greeters, Cirque performers, and more!
    Contact: Mary Ann Rose
    773-880-1000
    [email protected]
    tamarproductionsinc.com

    True Sounds Entertainment
    We're an award-winning DJ company on a mission to provide the best Wedding DJ service. We have an attractive DJ setup, are committed to using the highest quality gear, always carry onsite backup gear and are continually improving and growing as a company.
    Contact: DJ Sammy
    708-913-3115
    [email protected]
    truesoundsentertainment.com

    U.S. Poker & Casino
    Casino night parties are a great way to entertain your employees, attendees, and guests for a fun night out they'll be sure to remember.
    Contact: Jeff Durocher
    888-525-7183
    [email protected]
    uspokercasinoparties.com

    A Couple of Clowns
    Clowns, balloon art & face painting. All you need for a fun kids party!
    Contact: Suzy
    630-993-9545
    [email protected]
    acoupleofclowns.us

  • Transportation
  • Mid-America Charters
    Charter buses to transport your group safely and comfortably.
    Contact: Rob & Kara Bingham
    800-323-0312
    bus-charter.com

Our Recommendations

Chicago's First Lady has long-term relationships with an exceptional list of vendors. They provide additional options and amenities for any private party aboard our fleet.

You do not need to use our listed vendors to enhance your private celebration, corporate outing, or other event; however, we are familiar with their work and highly recommend their services.

Additionally, you can turn part of your private cruise into a Chicago architecture tour - Just add the insight of a certified volunteer docent from the Chicago Architecture Center for an additional donation.

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Our Fleet




Chicago’s Classic Lady

  • Holds up to 250 guests (wedding max 200)
  • $1,500 - $2,100/hour
  • Extra-large upper deck
  • Two full-service bars available
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Chicago’s Leading Lady

  • Holds up to 250 guests (wedding max 200)
  • $1,500 - $2,100/hour
  • Extra-large upper deck
  • Two full-service bars available
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Chicago’s First Lady

  • Holds up to 150 guests (wedding max 100)
  • $1,400 - $2,000/hour
  • Formal salon sitting area
  • Two full-service bars available
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Chicago’s Fair Lady

  • Holds up to 125 guests (wedding max 100)
  • $1,300 - $1,900/hour
  • Upper deck perfect for dancing
  • Two full-service bars available
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Chicago’s Little Lady

  • Holds up to 80 guests (wedding max 60)
  • $1,200 to $1,800/hour
  • Popular for intimate gatherings
  • Open-air upper deck
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Lady Grebe

  • Holds up to 6 guests
  • $2,000 for 2 hours
  • Premium beverages included
  • Perfect for VIP occasions
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Chicago's Emerald Lady

  • The newest member of our fleet!
  • Holds up to 250 guests (wedding max 200)
  • $1,500 - $2,100/hour
  • Extra-large upper deck
  • Two full-service bars available
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