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A Chicago yacht charter is a sophisticated and glamorous choice for your next social event venue. Yachts are unique and amazing social event venues for any occasion! Our team customizes each private charter specifically for your group to provide an unforgettable experience. Anita Dee Yacht Charters can accommodate a wide variety of social events for friends, families, social groups, and organizations. Contact us online or call (312) 379-3191 to start planning!

Key Takeaways

  • Host a memorable Chicago social event on a yacht with stunning city views
  • Fully-equipped, luxurious yachts with state-of-the-art facilities, customizable catering and entertainment, and more.
  • Create your perfect social event space for birthdays, reunions, fundraisers and much more.

Why Make Your Social Event Venue a Chicago Yacht?

Chicago is a city of history and beauty, and its waterways are a sought-after location for social events. Hosting your social event on a yacht charter offers a unique event space that lets your guests enjoy scenic views from the Chicago River or Great Lake Michigan. Anita Dee Yacht Charters, with more than a million satisfied guests since its founding, is a unique and extraordinary experience as an event space for anyone boarding the Anita Dee I and the Anita Dee II.

Planning Your Next Social Event on a Chartered Yacht

Curating social events for friends, family, or colleagues aboard a yacht doesn’t have to be difficult with the Anita Dee Yacht Charters team. From the ambiance to the activities, every facet can be tailored to reflect your social event’s unique goals and identity.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we specialize in orchestrating unforgettable Chicago experiences for social events, meticulously crafting each aspect to perfection. Our exclusive private yacht charters offer customizable dates and times tailored to suit a myriad of cruise styles. Entrust us with your vision, and let us navigate the waters of success together.

How to Choose the Perfect Social Event Venue

  • Define your next event needs in terms of purpose, theme, and size.
  • Consider the location that will be best for your guests in terms of proximity and parking.
  • Make a list of amenities you need in an event space, such as catering, entertainment, equipment, etc.
  • Research Chicago event venues and read reviews.
  • Schedule a site visit to assess ambiance and any potential challenges. Ask lots of questions!
  • Assess staff support at your potential social event venue can provide in terms of coordination services and on-site assistance.
  • Confirm costs and contracts by getting detailed estimates. Review and negotiate carefully before signing to avoid surprises.
  • Trust your instincts! Trust your gut and choose the event space that feels right for your vision and will be memorable for your guests.

Anita Dee Yacht Charters Have All the Right Amenities

Our team pays close attention to every detail, making sure nothing is overlooked. Our luxurious vessels are equipped with elegant decorations and delicious food, offering an experience on par with any other social event venue. Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary, fundraiser, or any other social gathering, our chartered yachts will meet the needs of your social event and guests.

What Are Your Must-Have Amenities?

For a social event to be memorable for your guests, focus on essential amenities like elegant dΓ©cor, delectable catering, and seamless audiovisual equipment. Comfortable seating, convenient restrooms, and ample parking ensure guests’ comfort and convenience. Entertainment options and networking opportunities add vibrancy and connection to the atmosphere. With meticulous attention to detail, we promise an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

Catering for Social Events

Catering for Social Events imageJoin us at Anita Dee Yacht Charters for an unforgettable social gathering filled with hand-selected Chicago catering delights, promising unparalleled service, and an event to remember. Whether you envision an intimate event, a laid-back buffet affair, or a sophisticated multi-course dining experience, we work with catering companies that can tailor a meal to your specifics. Our venues boast fully-equipped galleys, ensuring limitless culinary creations to delight your guests.

For added flexibility, we gladly welcome any licensed and insured caterer of your choice, ensuring your event reflects your unique style and preferences. After all, we understand the anticipation and eagerness of your attendees to indulge!

Social Event Entertainment

Social Event Entertainment ImageWhen you book your social event with us at Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we prioritize top-notch entertainment to ensure a fantastic time for all aboard our chartered yachts. With state-of-the-art sound systems installed throughout the vessel, the atmosphere is always vibrant with music.

Furthermore, our onboard coordinator is available to suggest live music acts, adding an extra layer of excitement to your gathering. Plus, if you have a specific insured entertainer in mind who isn’t listed, we’re happy to work with you to accommodate them for an additional fee. Let’s make your yacht social event an unforgettable experience with perfect entertainment!

Photography & Videography

You and your guests will want to make sure every special moment of your social event is beautifully captured. You can work with Anita Dee’s trusted photography and videography partners, who are well-acquainted with our yacht layouts and private dining spaces, ensuring they’re perfectly set up in advance to seize the most memorable shots.

Otherwise, the team at Anita Dee can coordinate with any licensed and insured professionals that you prefer.

Audio, Visual & Technical Services

A Chicago event venue needs a state-of-the-art sound system without compromise. Onboard Anita Dee yachts, state-of-the-art sound systems guarantee music flowing throughout the event spaces, setting the perfect ambiance for your social gathering. We make sure all your toasts and speeches are heard loud and clear. We also provide any equipment you may need for visual presentations for friends, family, or colleagues.

If dancing is on the menu, you can feel confident that our sound systems will keep the beat for everyone on the dancefloor. From lively tunes to relaxing melodies, our reliable WiFi and top-notch audiovisual equipment ensure seamless entertainment and connectivity.

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary to remember, or a sophisticated fundraiser, our technical setup aboard the Anita Dee I and Anita Dee II will ensure an unforgettable experience!

Decor & Floral for Your Social Event

Decor & Floral for Your Social Event imageElevate the charm of your social event with stunning decor and floral arrangements throughout the yacht. Anita Dee Yacht Charters collaborates with skilled, carefully selected florists, ensuring unparalleled service and delight. Each one of our florist partners was chosen based on their customer service, creativity, variety, and flexibility, and are ready to assist you with the utmost level of service and satisfaction. They are used to working on vessels as event spaces and are aware of any rules and regulations with regard to drop off and set up.

From enchanting decor to breathtaking floral displays, we meticulously attend to every detail to guarantee an unforgettable private special event on our yacht. Let us create an ambiance that will leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. Otherwise, we are happy to work with any licensed and insured floral professionals that you prefer for your private event spaces.

Barrier-Free for Inclusive Corporate Events

Accessibility is a key consideration when organizing social events. Unique event venues must cater to the needs of all attendees, including those with mobility challenges, to ensure everyone can fully participate and enjoy the experience.

At Anita Dee Yacht Charters, we prioritize inclusivity in every aspect of our event planning. Our charter yachts dock and board at various accessible locations along the Chicago coast. This means that finding, parking, and boarding our yachts is convenient and inclusive for all guests, regardless of their mobility needs. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in and savor the magic of our social gatherings aboard our yachts.

Types of Social Events We Can Help You Organize

Chicago yacht charters are often unique venues and versatile event spaces for various types of social events, celebrating with friends, family, and colleagues. Some examples include:

  • Birthdays
  • Common Interest Cruises
  • Fundraisers
  • Reunions
  • Educational Tours
  • College Formals
  • Sorority & Fraternity Events
  • Post-Proms
  • Alumni Events
  • Church Events
  • Scattering Ashes


Fireworks imageGather friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors in our event space to celebrate the social connections that make our lives meaningful. When you charter a late-night time slot, we can coordinate about how to include Chicago fireworks as part of your package.


Nothing will make your loved one feel more cherished than a birthday party for them on a luxurious private yacht. Young and old alike will be delighted that they are being celebrated in such a unique and superb event space as a private yacht charter. Whether it’s a milestone birthday or an intimate gathering, a yacht charter offers a unique setting for creating cherished memories with friends and family.

Common Interest & Educational Excursions

Architectural Excursions

Learn about Chicago’s stunning skyline’s history and architectural styles with an architectural cruise. Your guests will have a front-row seat to the city’s most significant buildings. Celebrate as your private yacht glides along the river, providing the perfect view of all the city offers.


Freshen up your organization’s next event’s fundraising efforts and treat your donors to an exceptional experience aboard a private cruise for this year’s fundraising event. With elegant surroundings and stunning views, a yacht creates an atmosphere that encourages generosity and camaraderie among supporters. Whether it’s a silent auction, gala dinner, or cocktail reception, a yacht charter offers a prestigious venue that helps elevate your fundraising efforts.

Family Reunions

Chartering a Chicago yacht for a family reunion offers a unique and memorable experience against the city’s skyline. Families can bond and create lasting memories while cruising along Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and other locations. With ample space for everyone to relax and enjoy, a yacht provides the perfect setting for catching up and celebrating together. Whether it’s a leisurely cruise or a themed party, a yacht charter ensures a cherished reunion for all.

College Formals

Chartering a Chicago yacht for a college formal promises an unparalleled evening of sophistication and glamour against the backdrop of the city skyline. With elegant decor, gourmet cuisine, and breathtaking views, students can enjoy a magical night of dancing and celebration on the water. Whether it’s prom, homecoming, or graduation, a yacht charter ensures an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

School Outings

Planning a social event on a Chicago yacht for a school outing event offers students an unforgettable educational adventure against the city’s iconic skyline. From maritime history to architecture, students can enjoy hands-on learning experiences. With team-building activities and scenic tours, a yacht charter promises a unique blend of fun and enrichment that will leave a lasting impression on all participants.


Chartering a Chicago yacht for a post-prom event offers students a glamorous and memorable way to cap off their high school experience. Against the stunning city skyline, students can enjoy dancing, socializing, and creating lasting memories in a unique and exclusive setting. From themed parties to scenic cruises, a yacht charter promises an unforgettable celebration that will be the highlight of their high school years.

Sorority Events

Planning a social event on a Chicago yacht for a sorority event offers an exclusive and unforgettable experience for sisters to bond and create lasting memories against the stunning backdrop of the city skyline. With luxurious amenities and personalized service, it’s the perfect setting to celebrate sisterhood in style.

Fraternity Events

Chartering a Chicago yacht for a fraternity event provides an extraordinary opportunity for brothers to come together and create unforgettable memories in an exclusive and lavish setting. With the stunning city skyline as the backdrop, brothers can enjoy a unique experience filled with camaraderie, relaxation, and excitement. Whether it’s a themed party, a formal dinner, or a leisurely cruise on the water, a yacht offers the perfect blend of luxury, adventure, and brotherhood bonding.

Alumni Events

Seeking a distinctive way to reconnect with old classmates, expand your network with fellow graduates, or honor your alma mater? Look no further than chartering a private yacht as a Chicago event venue for your upcoming alumni event. It promises an extraordinary experience that dazzles attendees and fosters cherished memories. Uncover why a lavish yacht charter stands as the ideal backdrop for your alumni reunion for the University of Chicago, De Paul University, Chicago Booth, and more!

Church Events

We understand the importance of creating a joyous, reflective, or austere atmosphere for your church gathering. Our trips are tailored to provide your desired ambiance, ensuring a fulfilling and memorable experience for church groups spanning all ages. Committed to delivering meaningful excursions, we strive to make your event truly special.

Scattering Ashes

Experiencing the loss of a loved one can be an incredibly challenging time. Many individuals find comfort in honoring their memory by scattering their ashes in a place of significance. For those residing in the Chicago area seeking legal options for scattering ashes, Lake Michigan offers a serene and beautiful resting place to commemorate the life of a cherished individual.

Put Your Mark on Your Private Event Yacht Charter

Planning a social event is no easy feat. Whether the group is large or small, you want to make the occasion special and enjoyable for all of your guests. What could be more memorable and impressive than a private cruise along the river with the stunning skyline of Chicago as a gorgeous backdrop?


You choose an evening cruise that culminates with the city’s spectacular fireworks. Or, if you want, treat your guests to an intimate brunch on the water. All will enjoy your social event when you host it on a private yacht.

Curate Your Social Event

You can choose full-service packages for social event yacht charters that include catering. You can also organize the entertainment and food yourself. Anita Dee Yacht Charters offers flexibility, versatility, and creativity when you are planning your social event. We are happy to work with you on big and small details to ensure your special event on a Chicago yacht is a stunning success. Let us help to create a magical and unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.

Work With Our Family Business

Work With Our Family Business imageThe family-owned business of Anita Dee Yacht Charters began with a passion for gathering friends and family. After our first experience on a boat cruise, we fell in love with entertaining on a private yacht. We bought our first one as soon as we could. Thirty years later, our husband-and-wife team has grown Anita Dee Yacht Charters into a thriving family business. We have become regarded as industry leaders and have set the standard for Chicago special events on luxury private yachts.

Charter a Yacht as Your Social Event Venue Space

To book your next private social event, contact Anita Dee Yacht Charters by calling (312) 379-3191 or reaching out to us online. Looking for another type of Chicago event venue? [fhttps://anitadee.com/irm-name] also charter our yachts out as corporate event venues, wedding event venues and other special Chicago event venues.

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