We offer the best views available in Chicago

A private cocktail or dinner party aboard your own private yacht is sure to dazzle your clients, friends and colleagues.

Dazzle your guests with an impressive private yacht party amongst Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers and take in skyline views along our spectacular lakefront.

Whether you’re planning a corporate event, wedding or special celebration, we’ll work with you individually to make your event perfect.

If there’s one piece of feedback we hear again and again, it’s that events aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises are the ones people rave about and remember years later.

Email us today and let’s get started planning your unforgettable event.

  • - Parties of 2 to 250
  • - Your own private boat
  • - Spacious, open-air top deck offering stunning views
  • - Enclosed, climate-controlled main deck
  • - Select one of our celebrated caterers to add a customized dining menu and delicious spirits
  • - Choose a Chicago river cruise or Lake Michigan cruise—or both!
  • - End your evening below enchanting summer fireworks

“What a truly unique and wonderful way to show off our fair city. There's nothing like a little floating revelry beneath the skyline to get your motor, er, propeller running. Thanks again to everyone at Chicago's First Lady for making my event one to remember, see you next year!”

“Captain Gabe and crew looked after us so well It was simply a great party. Buildings were great, no rain, fireworks so good, the caterer Entertaining Company was amazing! I had always wanted a boat cruise on a hot and steamy night and this was it. Thanks so much to you and the crew for making this such a great party. Cheers!”

“Thank you for everything, our cruise was awesome! Last night was just perfect in every way. The crew was fantastic, especially Jorge. He was particularly accommodating and I will say his attitude and friendliness along with his willingness to make sure I personally had a great time was so truly appreciated. I know I can speak for everyone when I say that we all really had the best time. I don't think we stopped dancing once, except to eat. Being on the river and lake was incredible, weather was perfect, fireworks amazing.”

  • Total Capacity of Venue

    250

  • Private or Semi Private Space Available

    All spaces are private; each boat is exclusive-use.

    1. Lady Grebe (capacity: 6)
    2. Chicago’s Little Lady (capacity: 80)
    3. Chicago’s Fair Lady (capacity: 125)
    4. Chicago’s First Lady (capacity: 150)
    5. Chicago's Leading Lady (capacity: 250)
    6. Chicago’s Classic Lady (capacity: 250)

  • Unique views

    Yes! We offer the best views available in Chicago. Experience 360-degree ever-changing city views from the unique canyon-like perspective of the Chicago River or the expansive skyline views from Lake Michigan. You choose your cruise route.


  • Our most Important Target Market is?

    Corporate and social groups of 2-250 guests looking for a fun, unique and event space. Hosts looking for the ultimate way to showcase Chicago to their guests.

  • We are most proud of our ability to?

    Deliver a unique and memorable event space with best-in-class service. We are consistently told Chicago's First Lady Cruises events are the parties guests remember and rave about for years to come.

  • We are famous with customers for our ability to?

    Surprise and delight their guests with a first-rate, impressive venue enhanced by exceptional cuisine, cocktails and the best views in Chicago.

  • Our company enhances customer lives by offering?

    The ultimate and most memorable Chicago experience. Where else can you take in Chicago's world-famous architecture and skyline from the comfort of your own floating rooftop? Our charter team's careful attention to detail and our captain and crew's first-class service assures a seamless experience from start to finish.

  • We offer our customers the best?

    Views in Chicago! Along with unparalleled service and premium food and drink options that consistently exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Recent Clients

    Our corporate clients come from a wide range of industries including Medical, Financial, Law, Real Estate, Manufacturing and much more. We are also a a popular option for social celebration clients for Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Anniversaries, Graduations, Birthday Parties, Retirement Parties and more.

  • Awards/Achievements

    Named in 2015 one of the "Top 10 Tours in the U.S." by TripAdvisor for our popular public tour, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.

    Named in 2014 one of the "10 Most Unusual Wedding Venues in America" by TheKnot.

    Featured in The New York Times, Daily News, CNN, Fodor's, The Globe and Mail, Conde Nast Traveler, New York Post, Chicago Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and more.

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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601 

Neighborhood: Chicago Downtown
Capacity: 250


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