School Events in Chicago

Students of any age love dining & dancing on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River with the skyline as their backdrop. Hornblower offers not only a safe venue for hosting large groups of young students, but also seemingly endless opportunities to teach and inspire. Ideal for proms, awards ceremonies, faculty events and more, let our expert event planners create an unforgettable experience for your students and staff.

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

High School

Our vessels offer a diverse range of experiences for your high school group. Host a magical prom or formal on the water, which will create memories your students will treasure forever. Need a space for a graduation that celebrates the graduating class’ achievements? You’ll find it here. In addition to special events, a student tour is the perfect opportunity to take learning from classroom to the water for learning moments on a variety of topics.

COLLEGE

College

Whether you’re looking for a venue for current students or alumni events, our vessels are the perfect fit. Host an elevated graduation ceremony, with the water as a scenic backdrop for the best photographs and memories or reunite with your close classmates on deck. With events ranging from casual student tour groups and alumni happy hours to formal celebrations and gatherings, Hornblower has the perfect space and atmosphere.

Sample Menu

Our freshly prepared passed hors d’oeuvres and two-course plated dinner menu are included in all reception packages. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions—just inform your wedding planner.

Starter

Choice of one

 Watermelon & Baby Arugula Salad
Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic Vinaigrette . .

Beet & Baby Arugula Salad
Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic Vinaigrette . .

Hornblower Signature Seafood Chowder
Clams | Flounder |  Potatoes | Cream .

 

Main

Choice of one

 Root Vegetable Fricassee
Butternut Squash | Cauliflower |  Zucchini |  Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce . . .

Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod
Steamed Rock Shrimp | Spinach Mashed Potato | Lemon Beurre Blanc .

 Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme
Roasted New Red Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Fresno Pepper Demi Glace
Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots | Broccoli .

 

Dessert

Choice of one

 Mixed Fruit with Strawberries
Madagascar Vanilla and Orange Cream

New York Style Cheesecake
Lemon Marscapone Cream | Blueberry Compote

Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie
Sesame Flat Bread | Sun-Dried Grapes | Sour Cherry Preserves

 

. No Gluten Added . Vegan . Vegetarian

Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.
Although we make every effort to prepare items denoted with a G* as gluten free, our kitchen is not gluten free, and there is always a small risk of cross contamination.

For the Table

 Assorted Bread & Butter .

 

Starter

Choice of one

Caesar Salad
Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Crouton | Traditional Caesar Dressing .

 Field Green Salad
Tomatoes | Cucumbers | Carrots | Ranch Dressing | Balsamic Dressing . .

 Kale Quinoa Salad
Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette . . .

 

Entrees

Choice of Three

 Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme
Roasted New Red Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Honey Sesame Chicken
Scallions | Fresno Chilies

  Coriander Crusted Salmon
Lemon Orzo | Farm Fresh Seasonal Vegetables | Lemon Herb Beurre Blanc

Oven-Roasted Flounder
Spicy Tomato & White Bean Ragu .

 Braised Beef Short Ribs
Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce .

 Pasta Al Forno
Alfred Sauce | Panko Parmesan Crust

  Roasted Vegetable Farfalle
Seasonal Squash and Peppers | Arugula | Marinara | Parmesan Cheese . .

  Root Vegetable Fricassee
Idaho Potatoes | Broccoli | Grape Tomatoes | Gremolata | Cauliflower Coconut Cream Sauce . . .

 

Complements

 Farm-Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Heirloom Potatoes | Roasted Red-Skin Potatoes | Wild Rice Pilaf | Roasted Broccoli | White Bean Ragout

 

Dessert

 Dessert Station
Assorted Cakes | Mini Pastries | Petit Fours

 

. No Gluten Added . Vegan . Vegetarian

Menu subject to change. Please inform your server if anyone in your party has a food allergy.
Although we make every effort to prepare items denoted with a G* as gluten free, our kitchen is not gluten free, and there is always a small risk of cross contamination.

Available Enhancements

  • Photo Packages

    Photo favors, photo booth with props, roaming photographer
  • Entertainment Enhancements

    Live band, rooftop DJ
  • Custom Décor

    Custom florals, ice sculptures, and more
  • Bar Packages

    Juice & soda, beer & wine, premium and platinum packages, signature cocktails, outdoor bar
  • Menu Enhancements

    Passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty menus.
  • And Much More

    Party favors, flexible boarding and cruising times, transportation and more—just ask!
  • The staff was AWESOME! They were courteous, funny, kind, understanding, caring, awesome, and amazing. My entire party was impressed by their service. The best way to describe is MAGICAL! I'm still smiling from last night. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
    Audrey S.
  • We had a great time and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our grandfather's 90th birthday! The tables we had were perfect since our group likes to dance. 🙂 We created many great memories. Thanks again!
    Dana

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