ITINERARY

3:00PM - HOTEL CHECK IN (OPTIONAL)

We have a block of rooms at Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront and they will allow check ins as early as 3pm. 

The hotel is optional. 

Hotel Booking Info

6:00PM - GUESTS ARRIVE NEAR BOAT

The entrance to our Riverwalk dock is located on street level on the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Look for the Blue Awning. Descend the stairs two levels (all the way to ground level) to our dockside ticket booths. Check the Travel & Lodging page for more detailed info on finding the boat. 

There's a bar called The Northman right next to the boat dock. We suggest guests grab a drink and hangout until the boat begins boarding. 

6:45PM - BEGIN BOARDING BOAT

The Chicago's Emerald Lady boat will begin boarding at 6:45PM at Dock 3. When entering the boat, please go straight to the upper deck. 

Note: You need a mask to board the boat and it must be worn on the first main level while you're not eating or drinking. You do not have to wear a mask on the upper deck (if you're vaccinated). This is mandated by the City of Chicago.

7:00PM - BOAT DEPARTS

The boat will depart no later than 7:00pm so please arrive early to ensure you don't miss it. 

7:15PM - WEDDING CEREMONY

The wedding ceremony will begin right after the boat departs. The ceremony will take place on the top deck. 

8:00PM - WEDDING CEREMONY ENDS, HORS D'OEUVRE/DRINKS SERVED

After the wedding ceremony ends, please make your way down the stairs to the main floor while the top floor gets redone. There will be a champagne toast followed by hors d'oeuvre & drinks.

9:00PM - BOAT DOCKS TO LET OFF ANY GUESTS FOR EARLY DEPARTURE (OPTIONAL)

From 7pm to 9pm the boat will stay within the Chicago River. At 9pm, the boat will dock to allow any guests to leave if they so desire.

A few guests have expressed not wanting to stay out until 11pm so they will be able to exit the boat at the 9pm docking. 

Everyone is welcome to stay for the second half of the event. 

9:05PM - BOAT DEPARTS FOR LAKE MICHIGAN

After the 9pm docking, the boat will depart to Lake Michigan for a cruise. 

10:15PM - BOAT PARKS FOR FIREWORKS

At 10:15pm the boat will park near Navy Pier to watch the firework show. 

11:00PM - BOAT WILL DOCK FOR THE NIGHT

The boat will finally dock at 11pm which will be the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. 

11:15PM - HEAD TO EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL

After the wedding cruise, we have an area reserved at the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill. This bar is right around the corner from the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The address is:

216 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

We'll cover your first drink and then it'll be a cash bar after that. 

The reservation begins at 11:15pm and will span until the bar closes at 2:30am.