Almost every year since the event first began in 1958, Chicago has come together to celebrate and take in the amazing displays of Venetian Night.
Due to the economic downturn, Venetian Night had been canceled in recent years, but returned in 2013 better than ever at a new venue at the 31st Street Harbor!
This year, watch for the launch of the 57th annual Venetian Night scheduled for Saturday evening September 10, 2016 beginning at dusk, or approx. 8:00PM.
Originally, Venetian Night was just a part of the Chicago Lakefront festival that celebrated everything wet and wild about the city. With the Lakefront Festival eventually scrapped, the boat parade proved so popular that it lived on in Venetian Night as an established part of the Chicago festivities calendar, sponsored by the Chicago Yachting Association.
Today, Venetian Night in Chicago is the oldest event sponsored by the city. It is both named and modeled after the ever popular boat
parades in Venice which are typically a Christmas event in Venice, while the Chicago Venetian Night is a late summer festival.
In the Chicago version of the event, many grand boats, usually numbering 30 or more, outfit themselves in amazing light displays and various decorations and form a parade line. The boats stay close to shore to dazzle the many spectators who come out to watch the impressive parade of boats go past.
As votes were cast by cell phone, the winner of Venetian Night's "People's Choice
in 2015 was the Robert Allan II with the theme from Frozen.
The festivities don't stop there though. Chicago's Venetian Night also features a marvelous fireworks display which in itself is a hugely popular event. In all, the various festivities of Venetian Night attract more than half a million people from Chicago and the surrounding area, making it a must-see Chicago summer attraction.