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Chicago Events On the Water

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Why Choose a Cruise

Enjoy incredible skyline views from Lake Michigan or the Chicago River.
Work with a dedicated planner to choose an all-inclusive package, or design your own.
Go big. We can accommodate groups of up to 749 guests.
DJ and dance floor, bars on each deck, games, rooftop lounges and more.
Chef-driven, 3-course plated meals with optional enhancements available as well as buffet menu options.
We'll help you pick the right venue for your party size, event vibe and budget.

For Every Occasion

Host a truly unforgettable event on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Book your group aboard one of our regularly scheduled cruises, or have an event planner customize a full deck or ship charter for you. Whatever you have in mind, we’ll make it happen. We cruise Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and host all types of events including:

Corporate Events
Grade School Events
University Socials
Birthdays & Anniversaries
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Corporate Events

Make a statement with an event on the water. Forget the bland ballroom and show your guests the city from a fresh perspective. Our expert event planners will help you create an experience that everyone will remember long after you leave the ship.

Employee Outings
Client Entertaining
Holiday Celebrations
Networking Events
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Elementary & High School Events

From exciting and educational field trips to all decked out for prom, our sightseeing and dining cruise experiences can be customized for large groups of students, faculty, and parents. Our ships offer an engaging, safe environment ideal for groups of 20 or more.

Proms & Post Proms
Grad Celebrations
Field Trips
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University Social Events

Get social with the Chicago skyline as your backdrop. Our planners will take the stress out of coordinating your event so you can enjoy a safe, all-inclusive event experience. We’ll show you customizable packages perfect for student groups, faculty and staff.

Greek Life Socials
Faculty Outings
Alumni Events
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Birthdays, Anniversaries, & Special Occasions

Make your special occasion even more memorable with our unique venues that offer stunning city views. Savor a delicious meal, dance the night away, and delight in personalized touches from our thoughtful staff and event planners.

Church Events
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Meet Our Fleet

Find the perfect fit for your Chicago cruise experience. Compare our boats and discover the Hornblower venue that speaks to your style.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes to my reservation? +

For changes to your order, you must contact our customer service center at (888) 957-2634.

How do you accommodate for food allergies? +

Our vessels do not permit any outside food, however, for specific dietary requests, please call us to ensure we are able to accommodate your concerns.

While we do our best by trying to offer gluten and allergy free products as well as gluten sensitive menu items, we openly handle several allergens throughout our galleys. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee a gluten free environment. We do not have separate prep surfaces, cook tops or equipment. Our chefs prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products.

How does the charter process work? +

Great question! Check out our "New to Event Planning" page for full details. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Is my boat wheelchair accessible? +

The majority of our fleet decks and restrooms are able to accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. We ask that for specific accessibility concerns you please call the local Hornblower number and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.

Will I have cell service onboard? +

Most cellular services are available on the water as we do not cruise beyond one mile off shore.


The crew is always impressive and goes out of their way to make this a special experience. Many food and drink options. This is fun in any season!

Ellen M.
Columbia, MO
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