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Chicago Elite

This $1 million redesign results in a luxury yacht that was voted one of Chicago’s best party venues.

Budget $1M
Sq.Ft. 2,800
Time 8 Months

Matter led the transformation of this high-profile, 150-passenger vessel, including interior architecture and design, the selection of all finish materials, bath and kitchen design, and the selection, procurement and installation of furnishings.


This high-end vessel needed to be multi-functional, upscale, and ultra-modern, capable of hosting an array of events, from weddings to corporate events.

The client, Entertainment Cruises, needed a venue capable of impressing A-list attendees as they enjoyed cocktails, dining, dancing, sightseeing, and special events.


With only four months during the winter season to extensively remodel the yacht, the tight timeline was a challenge. Matter coordinated and led a team to complete the renovations as efficiently as possible based on detailed, thoughtful plans that took an additional four months to perfect.

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Against a neutral palette chosen to complement wedding color schemes, the removable blue-velvet upholstery with orange and gold accents lend a bolder and more sophisticated look whenever needed. Chunky, diagonal-cut walnut tabletops and live-edge wood accent tables add modern flair.

“I have worked with Matter on several major commercial luxury yachts renovations. Given the complexity of ship design and the many regulations around materials and installation, the design details are critical. Matter balances an in-depth knowledge of our industry’s design requirements with an aesthetic approach and taste that matches the finest land-based hospitality venues.” - Entertainment Cruises, Chicago IL