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Catching the sunset aboard an Odyssey Cruise

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Chicago, Illinois: A Stunning Skyline Perspective with Odyssey Cruises

By: Amy Nance

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It’s a city known for its towering skyscrapers, vibrant energy and iconic skyline – but you’ve never seen Chicago, Illinois quite like this before.

Get on board: Odyssey, part of the Entertainment Cruises fleet, departs from Navy Pier, skirts the city’s lakefront and makes the Chicago skyline the main event on a stylish Lake Michigan dining cruise. Toast champagne on the rooftop lounge and take in the city from this unique perspective while a DJ plays the perfect soundtrack. This is one of those once-in-a-while things you’ll never forget, so make it count. Here are three reasons why an evening (or afternoon) with Odyssey Cruises is a must-do activity in Chicago.

Front and Center View

You could be anywhere on this sleek ship and still have access to the views. Whether you’re having cocktails on the rooftop or feasting in one of three well-appointed indoor dining rooms, the focus is always on what’s outside. See the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier and the John Hancock Center skyscraper as you head north towards Oak Street Beach, and spot Willis Tower and the Shedd Aquarium as the ship moves south towards the Adler Planetarium. Don’t miss a sunset, or that moment when the city lights flick on, illuminating the skyline.

Passengers can admire the skyline from anywhere on board.

Passengers can admire the skyline from anywhere on board.
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Year-Round Variety

Yes, you can cruise aboard Odyssey any time of year, including winter, as the dining decks are climate-controlled. In addition to dinner options, you can book a brunch or lunch voyage for a midday escape. Odyssey’s holiday cruises help celebrate the occasion in a unique and memorable way, from Fourth of July to New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. Themed-cruises happen all year, too (and are a great way to spice up personal milestones and birthdays). Choose from Prix Fixe Dinners, Fireworks and even Restaurant Week cruises, all of which cruise beside the dynamic skyline.

Enjoying a fireworks show

Enjoying a fireworks show
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Serving Up Foodie Cuisine

The Executive Chef-driven menu always brings something new to the table. Enjoy a plated, multi-course meal complemented by wine or a microbrew and followed by an impressive dessert. Essentially everything you’d expect in an upscale restaurant is offered aboard Odyssey, from attentive service to chic, modern décor. When the ship pulls away from Navy Pier and the DJ starts the music, that’s your cue to relax. The atmosphere is spirited and social, but you can also have a romantic night for two and feel as though you’re the only people on board. Regardless of the occasion, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Enjoying a meal with friends on an Odyssey Cruise

Enjoying a meal with friends on an Odyssey Cruise
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Getting There

Chicago is easily reached from international destinations via Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Odyssey Cruises dock right at Navy Pier, located at the downtown waterfront.

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