6 Ideas to Transform Your Next Cruise Event

Posted on April 19, 2018

You're thinking about booking a private cruise for your next event (or maybe you already have) what? While the beautiful views of Chicago are certainly entertainment enough, here are six more ideas to entertain your guests aboard your private River and Lake Cruise, taken from actual events aboard our boats!

1. Themed Entertainment

Get creative with a themed cruise and bring along some entertainment to boot! This island-inspired corporate charter cruise brought hula dancers to entertain and also teach a few dance moves. Guests were invited to dress in island-inspired attire, leis were handed out at boarding and everything from the decor, to the food, to goodie bags embraced the Polynesian vibe.

Photo: Michael Courier


2. Host a Mini Concert 

There's live music...and then there's this. Bring your event music from the background to the forefront with a mini concert on the river or lake. This private charter invited two local musicians aboard to perform two 15-minute sets, one on the River and one on the Lake, both on the upper deck floating rooftop. The magic of the city at night and their bluesy performance paying homage to Chicago's roots made for a truly epic evening.

Photo: Jim Vondruska


3. A Photo Booth (of course!)

Who doesn't love a fun photo booth? Bring the props and your guests will make the fun. A variety of different set-ups can be done aboard select vessels in the back of the interior salon. 

Photo: Merlo Media


4. Dramatic, Ever-Changing City Views

Whether cruising by day or by night, by twilight or by sunset, Chicago's views from the River and Lake will leave you awestruck. You work with the captain to charter your route and guests will have endless photo opportunities. Talk about built-in, endless entertainment!

Photo: Jim Vondruska


5. Food, Food, Food

We all know that food can make or break an otherwise stellar event. Don't worry, we won't let bad food happen to you! Work with our six elite catering partners to plan your menu. From sushi to pintxos, filets to chicken tikka masala, tacos to charcuterie (and even Chicago-style pizza), endless cuisine options abound. See our catering partners here.

Photo: Summer House Santa Monica

6. Summer Fireworks

Add a little pop, sizzle and bang to your event with the ultimate grand finale. Every summer Wednesday and Saturday fireworks explode over Lake Michigan illuminating the Chicago skyline. We guarantee your guests will be impressed with such a unique and awesome experience!

Photo: Angela Renee Photography

Get your party planning jump started with our recommended vendors. Plus check out our Pinterest page for tons of fun party ideas. Endless fun awaits!