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Chicago Wedding Stories

Experience "I Do" on the Water

Hornblower vessels have been the venue of choice for countless weddings in Chicago. We are happy to share photos of these weddings we’ve hosted so you can experience real weddings on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

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Chelsea & Alex

August 1, 2015 - Spirit of Chicago

"Our wedding was beyond beautiful, it was magical. The Chicago skyline was a breathtaking backdrop for our ceremony that left us with amazing pictures. The food was delicious, the service staff was wonderful and the on-board planner was very flexible with all of my needs! I'd recommend the Spirit and Entertainment Cruises to any fun couple looking for a unique venue to wow both yourselves and your guests."

- Chelsea

Tattianna & Kevin

July 29, 2017 - Odyssey Lake Michigan

"The Odyssey provides the perfect backdrop and ambiance of a cinematic evening that included a breathtaking ceremony on the top deck, an amazing dinner setting with great food and great views of Chicago as we navigated the shores of Lake Michigan. Picking the Saturday Night Dinner Cruise with Fireworks was a picture perfect grand finale." 

-Tattianna & Kevin | Photos by Wall Streets Vision Photography

David & Kennan

June 20, 2015 - Chicago Elite

"Our wedding aboard Chicago Elite was absolutely amazing! With 150 dear friends and family joining us, we were married dockside with Chicago's breathtaking skyline as our backdrop. The ceremony was a mix of traditional and personal. The reception cruise that followed was so much fun! All in all, we had an incredible event which many of our guests described as 'the best wedding' they’d ever attended." 

- David & Kennan

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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.


We had our late-May wedding on the Freedom Elite, and it was the best decision we made! We wanted a wedding that was intimate and unique, and having our ceremony and reception on the water was perfect!

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