A night to remember with your American girl

A night to remember with your American girl

If you are looking for a special night on the town with your little girl, you can stop looking. American Girl Place and First Lady Cruises has you covered with a great new dinner/cruise that brings their favorite American Girl dolls to life while making learning history fun.

Through a specially created story relating Chicago’s historic buildings to historic American Girl dolls, girls use their imaginations during a 75-minute Chicago River cruise to picture Kit, Ruth, Molly and others going about their daily lives if they had lived in Chicago. During the first of five trips planned this summer, Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Mary Ludgin held the girls’ attention through a lot of interaction with the girls and references to their dolls. You could almost see Kit walking into the Chicago Tribune building.

For a few girls on the trip, the event marked a special occasion. Several girls were celebrating birthdays, while several others were visiting from other states. At least one mom took her daughter on the trip because it fits with her little girl’s dream of being an architect. For others on the trip, it was simply a fun night out with mom. There were plenty of smiles going around.

“We thought it would be the perfect match to bring together the stories of American Girl dolls throughout history and then the history of Chicago architecture,” says Adrienne Clarke, marketing manager at American Girl Place.

The night starts off with a lot of fun at the cozy American Girl Place Café. With a menu created for the event, fast service and delicious food in their bellies, the group leaves the girl heaven at Water Tower Place by bus for a 75-minute cruise along the Chicago River.

Along the way, Ludgin talks about the Great Chicago Fire, the Underground Railroad, the history of many of the city’s skyscrapers buildings and of course, life in Chicago during the dolls’ time periods.

The dinner and cruise is created for families, girls 8-12 and their favorite doll. Tickets are $70 per person, which includes the meal, bus and cruise. Make reservations by calling (877) 247-5223. This month’s cruises are Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.

The dinner/cruise is a unique, not-to-miss opportunity this summer.

Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy

If you are looking for a special night on the town with your little girl, you can stop looking. American Girl Place and First Lady Cruises has you covered with a great new dinner/cruise that brings their favorite American Girl dolls to life while making learning history fun.

Through a specially created story relating Chicago’s historic buildings to historic American Girl dolls, girls use their imaginations during a 75-minute Chicago River cruise to picture Kit, Ruth, Molly and others going about their daily lives if they had lived in Chicago. During the first of five trips planned this summer, Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Mary Ludgin held the girls’ attention through a lot of interaction with the girls and references to their dolls. You could almost see Kit walking into the Chicago Tribune building.

For a few girls on the trip, the event marked a special occasion. Several girls were celebrating birthdays, while several others were visiting from other states. At least one mom took her daughter on the trip because it fits with her little girl’s dream of being an architect. For others on the trip, it was simply a fun night out with mom. There were plenty of smiles going around.

“We thought it would be the perfect match to bring together the stories of American Girl dolls throughout history and then the history of Chicago architecture,” says Adrienne Clarke, marketing manager at American Girl Place.

The night starts off with a lot of fun at the cozy American Girl Place Café. With a menu created for the event, fast service and delicious food in their bellies, the group leaves the girl heaven at Water Tower Place by bus for a 75-minute cruise along the Chicago River.

Along the way, Ludgin talks about the Great Chicago Fire, the Underground Railroad, the history of many of the city’s skyscrapers buildings and of course, life in Chicago during the dolls’ time periods.

The dinner and cruise is created for families, girls 8-12 and their favorite doll. Tickets are $70 per person, which includes the meal, bus and cruise. Make reservations by calling (877) 247-5223. The remaining dinner cruises are July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.

The dinner/cruise is a unique, not-to-miss opportunity this summer.

Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy

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