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Things to Do in Chicago: Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Things to Do in Chicago: Odyssey Dinner Cruise
Things to Do in Chicago: Odyssey Dinner Cruise

If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago, look no further than an Odyssey Dinner Cruise that leaves from Navy Pier! It’s such a lovely experience to share with your out of town guests or your local friends, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion. An Odyssey Dinner Cruise is a perfect night out – complete with a fantastic view of the city from Lake Michigan, a delicious dinner and dancing! I recently hosted a dinner party on the Odyssey for my family when they were here visiting, and I thought I’d share moments of that magical night with you!

Odyssey Dinner Cruise With My Out of Town Guests

Chicago blogger on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

When my family came into town earlier this summer, I wanted to do something special to celebrate with them. My family and I grew up visiting Chicago several times a year, so I knew it would be hard to find something unique that they hadn’t already done. But then I remembered the Odyssey, and I knew it was a perfect plan! I’ve taken several dinner cruises on Odyssey over the years, so I knew first hand how lovely it is and I was excited to share it with my family. I contacted the Odyssey and they were kind enough to set up a dinner cruise for my party of 6.

View of Chicago from Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

The Odyssey docks at Navy Pier and you get a beautiful look at the city and the pier as you board the boat. The boat leaves promptly and heads out into Lake Michigan for a 2-3 hour tour!

My group immediately headed up to the upper deck for a photoshoot while the sun was still out!

Group on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

(L-R: Julie, Mom, Me, Amanda and Angela)

Chicago Blogger on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

My boyfriend came and was so sweet to take a ton of photos for us so that we could capture the spirit of the night!

Chicago Blogger on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

Chicago Blogger on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

Me and My Sisters!

Dinner On Board the Odyssey

Once we finished our first photo shoot of the evening, we headed inside and were greeted with a fabulous table setting and a bottle of Champagne. Shrimp cocktails quickly followed, served by our Randy, our amazing server.

Champagne, Shrimp Cocktail and our server on Odyssey Boat Cruise

From the windows and the upper decks of the Odyssey, you have the most unbelievable views of the Chicago skyline – both at sunset and at night. The view alone is worth the trip, but the beautiful setting, excellence service, delicious food and a rockin’ dance floor are all welcome bonuses.

Dinner Party on Odyssey Dinner Cruise Chicago

These crab cakes were oh-so-delicious!

Crab Cakes on Odyssey Dinner Cruise

AND OMG…this butter cake!!!

Butter Cake on Odyssey Dinner Cruise

The night view from the observation deck of the Odyssey is unparalleled!

Chicago Skyline at Night from Odyssey Boat Cruise

Dance Floor aboard Odyssey Boat Cruise Chicago

My sister and I hit the dance floor!

Dancing on Odyssey Boat Cruise

The night ended with another sweet treat: these adorable sailor cookies!

Sailor Cookies on Odyssey Boat Cruise

It was truly an unforgettable experience for me and my family! If you’re visiting Chicago, or even if you live here!, you should absolutely spend a night out aboard the Odyssey.

A standard dinner cruise ticket includes:

  • A 2-3 hour cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Delicious, seasonally inspired three-course plated dinner (view menu)
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
  • The most breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and attractions, including the Willis Tower, John Hancock
  • Center, the Shedd Aquarium and more
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • Curated music selection from our onboard DJ

You can add on other perks like a drink package or a bottle of Champagne to make your night even more special.

P.S. I’d like to thank the crew, our servers and the PR team who helped me set up this wonderful evening for my guests. We will never forget it!

P.P.S. This post is part of my “Top 10 Things to Do in Chicago with Out of Town Guests” series. Be sure to check out the others!

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