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Who We Are

For more than 80 years, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and its parent company, Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline, have been well-respected members of Chicago's tourism community and classic must-do Chicago experiences. Both cruise lines are fourth-generation family-owned and operated and their fleet of eight vessels carry passengers from around the world for sightseeing along Chicago's river and lakefront. 

By day, Chicago's First Lady Cruises' hallmark tour is the award-winning Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady; by night, the luxury vessels transform into the ultimate Chicago venue for private parties, corporate events and weddings.

Complementing Chicago's First Lady Cruises' tour offerings, Mercury Cruises' family-friendly tours offer a myriad of specialty cruise experiences including their popular daytime and evening river and lake cruises, summer 3D Fireworks tours, an educational science cruise and the beloved Canine Cruise, Chicago's only cruise for dogs and their human companions.

Our Vision

As ambassadors of Chicago, we have a passion and commitment to provide a superior level of service for our customers while defining the highest level of industry safety standards. We showcase Chicago as a world-class tourism and business destination. We seek to work together to maintain 5-star rankings and reviews on relevant travel websites and blogs for the world to view.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide customers with a safe and pleasurable experience that consistently exceeds their expectations. Our professionally trained team is committed to showcase Chicago's magnificent architecture and skyline while cruising Chicago's waterways.

Our Core Values

We are committed to promote trust, safety, consistency and reliability in all that we do. We value our customers, our staff and our volunteers. We must always provide value and a memorable experience for our clients.

We will meet all challenges in an ever changing industry, it’s essential that we, as individuals as well as a company, maintain the highest level of:

• Teamwork • Professionalism • Excellent Customer Service  • Positive and safe working environment • Excellence and enthusiasm in our daily performance