Every third summer, Chicago hosts a week long celebration of the Tall Ships. Held along the Chicago River, at DuSable Harbor and at Navy Pier, over 20 tall-masted wind powered ships create quite a spectacle for visitors.

On Friday, August 4th, it was our pleasure to co-host, with Holly and Bob Agra, a breakfast cruise for the leadership of the Greater North Michigan Avenue aboard Chicago’s First Lady. After weeks of extremely hot and wet weather, it was an absolutely perfect morning and a great way to enjoy the Tall Ships.


The Tall Ships Cruise would not have been possible without the generousity of Holly and Bob Agra, owner of Chicago’s First Lady and Mercury Cruise Lines. Above, Holly is pictured with Grant DePorter, the owner of Harry
Caray’s and 10Pin. Both Holly and Grant are tireless advocates of tourism in Illinois and Chicago. Grant is the current chair of Visit Illinois and Holly is the chairman elect.

Marc Schulman and Pat Pross thank Eli’s Catering team for making the the breakfast portion of the cruise so successful–Chef Antonio, Sara and Jennifer

Rick Roman, Chairman of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, and owner of the Signature Room at the 95th thanks the cruise guests for their support of the Association.

Elana and Maureen Schulman enjoy the beautiful skyline of Chicago from Lake Michigan







Chicago’s most popular experience for visitors fortunate to visit the City during the Spring and Summer is the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady the Little Lady. The cruises are boarded at the Riverside Gardens which is at the southeast corner of Wacker and Michigan Avenue. The picture above of the historic Wrigley Building that was completed in 1924 was taken from the Riverside Gardens.