Client Happenings: Chicago Says "AHOY!" to Elite Yacht with Christening at Navy Pier

Chicago Elite, the city’s newest private charter yacht, celebrated the launch of its $1 million renovation with a ceremonial christening at Navy Pier on May 26. Providing Chicago with the most innovative and accommodating private charter yacht, Chicago Elite features sensational views, a contemporary setting, customizable options, and an exclusive dining and entertainment experience. ZB_6.1.15

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Since the 1800’s, a boat has been christened by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud and launched. Chicago Elite was christened by President and CEO of Navy Pier Marilynn Gardner with a bottle of Moët & Chandon.


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The ceremony featured Alicia Roman of NBC Chicago as Master of Ceremonies, a performance by the Budlong Elementary School Choir and the St. Ida’s Children’s Choir, remarks by Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment Cruises Chicago Dan Russell, and a display by the Chicago Fire Department’s fire boat. Following the ceremony, Chicago Elite hosted a private cocktail reception with stunning views of Chicago’s skyline.

Chicago Elite’s endless options for food, beverages, entertainment, and flexible boarding and cruising times allow for a completely customized event that’s exactly to your specifications. Enjoy all the prestige of cruising on your own private yacht for a meeting, celebration or unique gathering. For a whole new way to experience Chicago, come aboard and explore the ships modern, refreshed interiors, perfect for customizing your private events. For additional details, please visit

- Brigid Parr, Senior Publicist