Seniors prepare for 2019 Prom at Navy Pier

Isabel Tuisl, Website/Social media co-editor

The five-year contract between LT and Navy Pier was renewed last year, meaning LT’s 2019 Prom will be held May 30 at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. Tickets for Prom and post-prom will be on sale April 19-26, both online and outside the cafeteria. Prom costs $120 and post-prom is $50.

The 2017-2018 Class Board had interest in changing the classic Navy Pier venue for the 2019 Prom, Mary Gresge, Prom sponsor said.

“Last year we looked at moving venues because our contract was up with Navy Pier,” Gresge said. “We took Class Board to look at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum and Navy Pier. After that, Class Board determined that they wanted Prom to continue to be at Navy Pier. So we signed a five-year contract last year for five more years at Navy Pier— this year and four years beyond this.”

The theme of this years’ prom is ‘Forever Young.’

“The song ‘Forever Young’ by Alphaville will play when the Prom king and queen are being announced because Class Board liked the song and the idea of graduating but still [learning and growing],” Gresge said.

To determine the 2019 Prom Court—the nominees for king and queen—students can log on to an LT computer starting April 8 and vote. The court will be announced at Senior Brunch, and then at Prom, a phone number will be given to students to text their top choices for king and queen, according to the senior presentation and Prom packet, both given on April 4.

There are two stories in the ballroom. The first floor has a stage, the DJ and the dance floor, and the second floor has a balcony with more tables for dinner. Dinner will be served from 8-9 p.m.

Class Board went to Navy Pier at the beginning of April to pick the food, Emmy Rokicki ‘19, Class Board President said. The menu will be slightly different from last year’s. They also saw the dome in the ballroom and met with the DJ.

The DJ and dancing are available from 8 p.m. to midnight, and photo booths and candid photos by VIP Photography start at 8 p.m.

“Students can choose to go to Prom only or [the post-prom cruise] on the Odyssey or The Spirit of Chicago,” Gresge said. “Due to the size of our group [for post-prom], there will be two boats, and students will choose a boat when purchasing tickets.”

The boats leave from Navy Pier at midnight and returns at 3 a.m. There will be open buffets, DJ entertainment on all three levels and open air observation on the decks to view the Chicago skyline on both boats.

The Deluxe Coach Buses arrive at SC for pick-up at 6:30 p.m. Students will be assigned buses for either Prom only, The Odyssey, or The Spirit of Chicago boats. Buses return to SC at approximately 12:30 a.m. after Prom, and 3:30 a.m. after post-prom. Students must find their own transportation home after returning to LT.