8/25 Friday

Canine Cruise Chicago: a Benefit for the AKC Museum of the Dog

Friday, August 25

Canine Cruise Chicago: a Benefit for the AKC Museum of the Dog

This event will be held in conjunction with the International Kennel Club of Chicago's Great American Dog Show and AKC Meet the Breeds. 

Friday, August 25
6:30-10 p.m.
Launching from McCormick Place, Chicago, IL


Join the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for a festive night on board the Spirit of Chicago as we enjoy cocktails, a buffet-style dinner, silent auction, and dancing while admiring the Chicago skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan.

After boarding at McCormick Place, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy dockside cocktails from the cash bar before embarking on a two-hour cruise with spectacular sunset views from climate-controlled interior and exterior decks. DJ entertainment will serenade guests during dinner before dancing the night away and placing bids at our art-inspired silent auction with works by Yvonne Sovereign, Karrie Dollar, and more. 

All proceeds from this special evening will benefit the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York City and enable the Museum to continue to care for the canine art in its collection, provide educational programming for the public, and inspire positive engagement with dogs year-round. 


Individual Tickets: $150 per person ($79 of which is tax-deductible)

  • first-come, first-served seating for one on the 1st or 2nd floor decks.

VIP Tables: $2,500 ($1,772 of which is tax-deductible)

  • reserved table with seating for eight on the top floor deck with private outdoor lounge
  • includes two complimentary drink tickets per person
  • signage at the event with name or logo

Space is limited, buy your ticket or table today!


We would like to thank our sponsors:*

Gina DiNardo and Peter Gwynne • International Kennel Club of Chicago • Northeastern Illinois Kennel Club • Wheaton Kennel Club 


If you are unable to attend this event but would still like to support the AKC MoD, please consider giving to our Annual Fund

Questions? Please email Allison O'Keeffe, Director of Individual Giving and Membership, at


*as of June 1, 2023

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Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.



Service animals are welcome in the museum. The museum entrance is wheelchair accessible via the building’s main plaza on the corner of Park Ave and E 40th Street. Accessible elevators are located on the first floor of the museum to the left of the admissions desk and gift shop. Public restrooms include accessible facilities.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact the museum.

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