Cru Chicago Boat Cruise 2019

Dancing, friends, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and the Chicago River. Who could ask for anything more on a Sunday night? Cru Chicago would love to invite you to our annual Boat Cruise event on Sunday, September 15th. Join us for a cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, where we can dance the night away viewing the beautiful Chicago skyline!

The cruise will leave from the Ogden Slip, just west of the main Navy Pier entrance. All guests should arrive at 6:30 P.M. for pictures, check in, and boarding. The ship will return to the dock at 9:00 P.M. Guests should bring a copy of their email receipt as a proof of payment. Tickets are non-refundable after September 8th. The cost for the evening is $35 if you purchase your ticket by 11:59 PM on September 8th. After that, the price for tickets is $40.

In the event of inclement weather, the boat captain will decide whether or not the cruise happens. If the cruise is cancelled or postponed, those who purchased admission will receive an email explaining the situation that has instructions for a possible refund, or information regarding rescheduling.

Purchase your tickets here.

#chicagoFR18 Video Contest

As we are approaching Fall Retreat 2018, it is time to announce the Video Contest theme!

**Drum Roll**

HOW IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED

Whether it’s a TV show, movie, song, or something else, we all have opinions of various endings. Now is your time to create the ending you would have preferred.

Rules:

  • Shot on an iPhone.
  • Include at least 5 people from your campus.
  • Under 4 minutes.
  • Uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and link emailed to Allie by 10pm on Thursday, October 11.
  • Points will be determined by the staff team and awarded during the the Campus Cup Competition.
  • Staff will show campus videos per their discretion.
    We hold the right to not show your video if we deem it to be inappropriate. 

Boat Cruise 2018

Dancing, friends, unlimited Shirley Temples (at least until the grenadine runs out), and the Chicago River. Who could ask for anything more on Saturday night? Cru Chicago would love to invite you to our annual Boat Cruise event on Saturday, September 29th. Join us for a cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, where we can dance the night away viewing the beautiful Chicago skyline!

The cruise will leave from TrumpTower on the river side. All guests should arrive at 6:20 P.M. for pictures, check in, and boarding. The ship will return to the dock at 9:00 P.M. Guests should bring a copy of their email receipt as a proof of payment. Tickets are non-refundable after September 16th.

The cost for the evening is $35 if you purchase your ticket by 11:59 PM on September 20th. After that, the price for tickets is $40. Register Here.

In the event of inclement weather, the boat captain will decide whether or not the cruise happens. If the cruise is cancelled or postponed, those who purchased admission will receive an email explaining the situation that has instructions for a possible refund, or information regarding rescheduling.

Fall Retreat 2018


The 2018 Cru Chicago Fall Retreat is just around the corner! You can register HERE

Join us for a weekend getaway in Wisconsin where you can connect with God, friends from your campus, and Cru students from around Chicagoland! Throughout the weekend we will be led into worship through music, studying the bible, and diving deep into community.

Dates: October 12-14

Location: Army Lake Camp – East Troy, Wisconsin

Cost by 10/1: $50 for freshman / $70 for upperclassmen (must pay $30 deposit to get discount)
Cost After 10/1: $70 for freshman / $90 for upperclassmen

Please note that deposits are not refundable or transferable.

Also, students attending with groups that are not official Cru chapters (i.e a Christian fellowship that is not Cru, but attends our retreat as an event for their group) are not eligible for the freshmen discount or the early registration discount.  Please use the ‘other’ link above to register.

Arrival & Registration: Registration will be from 5:30-7:45pm on Friday, October 12. We will be grilling hot dogs and burgers before the session. Be sure to bring extra food or eat before you arrive if you will need more food for dinner. There will be late-registration after the Friday night session if you arrive after 7:45.

Departure: You are free to leave after 12pm on Sunday, October 14 when the morning session ends.

Transportation – Army Lake Camp is about 100 miles northwest of Chicago.  Those driving should plan on a 2.5 to 4 hour drive during heavy Friday traffic.  For those without access to a car or ride to the retreat we are chartering a bus that will take students to and from the retreat.  The bus will pick up and drop off near DePaul’s campus.  The pick up time will be  4pm on Friday. The cost to ride the bus will be $15 to offset some of this cost (this will be a savings over previous years when students paid $10 for the shuttle plus the cost of Metra tickets).  You can sign up to ride the bus on the online registration.  There is no discount for only riding one way. Please contact Jeff Koch for more information about the bus.

Other Activities:
Friday Night – bonfire & s’mores, board games, snacks
Saturday Afternoon – Fall Retreat Olympics, ultimate frisbee, Spikeball, slip n slide, and other sports/activities.
Saturday Night – Dance party, board games, snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I can’t come to the entire retreat can I come to part of it? What is the cost if I do that?
Yes, you can come to part of the retreat. The broken down cost for the retreat is $10 per meeting, $25 per night.

2. What should I bring to the retreat?
You should bring a sleeping (or equivalent bedding), a pillow,casual clothing, a jacket, any toiletries you need, a towel, a notebook, a pen, a Bible, sports equipment, games, and homework (if you have to).

3. I have children, can they come to the retreat? Is childcare provided? At what cost?
We can look into this if there is need. If this is your situation please email Nathan

4. What is covered in my registration costs?
Your registration covers the entire program, two nights lodging at the camp, all three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Breakfasts will be continental and not held in the dining hall. It does not cover any travel costs (if you are riding with someone you should pitch in for gas). In the past most students who drove stopped for dinner on the way there and lunch on the way back.

5. I’d love to go on the retreat, but I just don’t have the money to go, is there anything that can be done?
We don’t want finances to be what keeps someone from coming on the retreat. There is a limited amount of scholarship money available so please talk to your staff person about your situation and it’s likely that we’ll be able to work something out. If you don’t know who your staff person is then email Nathan.

Spiritual Multiplication Training

Do you want to learn how to make an impact on our world that will last for eternity? Would you like to learn how to be a disciple of Jesus who makes other disciples and hear about how this has the potential to change the world? Roger Hershey, veteran Cru staff member and author of the book, “The Finishers”,  has been used by God to make an impact on hundreds if not thousands of lives through making disciples. Join us on Friday, October 6th as Roger will offer spiritual multiplication training at two different Chicagoland locations.  Pizza will be provided at both locations. The events are free if you sign up by the end of the day on Thursday, October 5th or it is $5 at the door.

Register for the City Training at 12:15 PM at the Willow Creek Ministry Center (418 South Wabash Ave).

Register for the Suburb Training at 7 PM at 1919 South Highland Ave, Building A, Suite 300, in Lombard, IL.