Chicago Corporate Events on the Water

Host your next event on the water aboard a unique floating venue with exceptional views of Chicago’s iconic skyline! City Cruises offers chef-prepared menu options, full bar service, and all-inclusive packages that can be customized to fit your budget and party size. Whether you’re looking to host an employee outing, entertain clients, hold your next meeting or special event, book a holiday party, or more, your guests will love our distinctive hospitality, climate-controlled interior, and open-air outdoor decks. Experience the city from Lake Michigan or the Chicago River and enjoy incredible architectural views of Chicago’s famous skyline! 

Corporate Events Categories

  • Client Entertainment

    Impress your clients with a unique experience on the water. With chef-designed menus, breathtaking views, and distinctive hospitality, City Cruises makes planning your event a breeze.
  • Employee Outings

    Escape the office and host your next company celebration or team outing on the water. You’ll enjoy a unique dining experience, all-inclusive packages, and spectacular views.
  • Meetings and Events

    Host your next meeting, tradeshow, or conference on a floating event venue, and let our team help customize a package specific to your needs.

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Chicago Corporate Event FAQs

What are ideas for a company outing in Chicago?

  1. Enjoy boat rides along the Chicago River or on Lake Michigan
  2. A company picnic is a great way to get everyone together for some fun in the sun. There are many parks in Chicago that would be perfect for a picnic, such as Lincoln Park or Millennium Park. Picnics can also be held out on the water with City Cruises Chicago!
  3. A day at the beach is another great option for a company outing. Chicago has many beaches to choose from, such as Oak Street Beach or North Avenue Beach.
  4. If your company is looking for something a bit more active, consider renting out a space at a local trampoline park. This is sure to be a hit with employees of all ages!
  5. For something truly unique, consider taking your employees on a tour of the city via Segway. This is a great way to see the beautiful architecture of the city.

How to plan a corporate event in Chicago?

When it comes to corporate events, picking the right location is key. You want to pick a spot that is convenient for everyone to get to and that has enough space to accommodate your group. The activity you choose should be something that everyone will enjoy. Make sure to plan ahead with the City Cruises Chicago team! Remember, the whole point of a corporate event is to have fun and build team morale. So make sure to relax and enjoy yourself! 

What is included on a corporate cruise in Chicago?

It is entirely up to you and the team. City Cruises Chicago has many years of experience when it comes to planning company events on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River.  We will work with you to create a custom package that includes everything you need to make your event a success. From start to finish, we will be there to assist you every step of the way. Food, drinks, music and all kinds of other entertainment are available! 

How much will it cost to host a corporate event in Chicago?

This will depend on several factors, such as the size of your group, the activities you choose to do, and the duration of the event. City Cruises Chicago offers competitive rates and can work with you to create a package that fits within your budget. Contact us today for a free quote! 

What corporate team building activities are available in the Chicago area?

All sorts of fun indoor and outdoor activities are available in The Windy City. City Cruises Chicago is proud to offer both of those options! Corporate events can be held both inside the boats and on the deck to soak in the views. As for the activities, there are so many fun games to create. Reach out today to learn more.  

Can company meetings be hosted on a cruise in Chicago?

Yes! City Cruises Chicago offers a variety of boats that are perfect for hosting corporate meetings. We have boats of all sizes to accommodate groups of any size. Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that your meeting goes off without a hitch. Contact us today to learn more! 

Where to find a unique corporate event venue in Chicago?

City Cruises Chicago offers a variety of boats that are perfect for hosting corporate events. We have boats of all sizes to accommodate groups of any size. Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. Contact us today to learn more! 

How to find sponsorship for a corporate event in Chicago, IL?

Contacting local businesses to see if they would be interested in sponsoring your event is a great place to start. Another way is to reach out to friends and family members who might be able to help you secure a sponsor. Finally, you can also investigate online resources and see if there are any companies that offer sponsorship for events in Chicago. 

How to manage a corporate event?

Leave that stress to the City Cruises Chicago team! We have years of experience when it comes to planning and executing corporate events. We will work with you from start to finish to make sure that your event is a success. Contact us today to learn more! 

Can a company rent out the entire boat with City Cruises Chicago?

Absolutely! Private boat charters along the Chicago River or Lake Michigan are some of the most popular cruises.  City Cruises Chicago would be more than happy to help you plan your private event! Contact us today for more information. 

How long do private boat cruises in Chicago last for a corporate event?

Private boat charters can be customized to fit your needs, but most typically last 2-3 hours. That is unless you are looking for a half or full day charter. Work with the City Cruises Chicago team to make your dream event a reality.  

How many people can participate in a private boat ride with City Cruises Chicago?

We have boats of all different sizes, so we can accommodate groups of any size! Contact us today to learn more. 

  • Odyssey Lake Michigan: 749 guests 
  • Odyssey Chicago River: 200 guests 
  • Spirit of Chicago: 600 guests 
  • Spirit of Navy Pier: 500 guests 
  • Chicago Elite: 150 guests 
  • Seadog: 125 guests