Odyssey Chicago River Architectural Lunch Cruise

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Location: Chicago
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 2.0 hours
Trip difficulty:
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Chicago
Highlights -A two-hour cruise on the Chicago River
-A three-course plated lunch with attentive table-side service
-Curated music selection from our on-board DJ
-Narrated architectural highlights
-The most breathtaking views of the Chicago architecture and attractions, including the Wills Tower, the Wrigley Building, Civic Opera House, and much more
Come aboard the Odyssey Chicago River for a delicious, freshly prepared meal while taking in the best views of Chicago's infamous architecture.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your lunch while our guide narrates the scenery along the way. We’ll show you unmatched views of Chicago's world-renowned architectural feats from Marina City and the Merchandise Mart to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Willis Tower and so much more!
Sail across the beautiful Chicago River Odyssey Lunch Cruises are great for spending time with family, entertaining business clients and associates, or enjoying the company of a group of friends. Retreat from a busy day for two hours of relaxed sophistication aboard the Odyssey for an Architectural Lunch Cruise. Watch the famous Chicago skyline float by from the panoramic windows surrounding your table, or enjoy a drink on the outdoor observation lounge. Enjoy up-close views of the infamous Chicago architecture as they glide right by your table. Enjoy attentive service while you learn all about the world-class architecture as you take in the views and savor every bite of your delicious three-course plated meal. 

Included -2 hour cruise
-3 course plated lunch
-Light architectural highlights
-Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
Excluded -Gratuities
-Transportation to/from dock
-Additional beverages available for purchase
Know before you book -The vessel is wheelchair accessible. However, you must inform the supplier of your specific needs at time of reservations.
Know before you go -Valid photo ID required
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All interior areas of the ship are non-smoking. Guests who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks only
  • Surf and turf menu upgrade is an additional cost and may be paid direct to operator on day of departure
  • Dress Code:
  • Odyssey can be your opportunity to dress up. For women, cocktail wear, a dress, or dressy-casual attire is appropriate. For men, collared shirts and dress pants are recommended. Dressier jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes, or flip flops are discouraged.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Dress Code: For women, dressy-casual attire such as pants, sundresses, nice shorts or a nice outfit are recommended. For men, we suggest dressy casual attire such as nice pants or shorts and a collared shirt. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are discouraged.
Required to bring: Valid photo ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 8 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 19 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Operating Type:

Opening Hours


2021 Season: From 04-01-2021 To 03-31-2022
Monday From 12:30 to 14:30
Tuesday From 12:30 to 14:30
Wednesday From 12:30 to 14:30
Thursday From 12:30 to 14:30
Friday From 12:30 to 14:30


2020 Season: From 04-01-2020 To 03-31-2021
Monday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00
Thursday 12:00
Friday 12:00


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long:
Address: 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, IL, 60611
Directions: Drop Off If you are arriving by ride-share or taxi, we recommend asking your ride to drop you off at the Cityfront Plaza roundabout between NBC Tower and the Gleacher Center. There are stairs on the south side of the roundabout, closest to the river. You’ll find the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth at the bottom of the stairs.
Notes: Preferred Parking The closest parking garage to Odyssey Chicago River is located at 219/225 E. North Water Street, on the LOWER level. For your convenience, we have secured discounted cruise parking rates. This is the preferred lot for Odyssey Chicago River. Please read below for more details regarding directions, rates, validation and additional parking options. NOTE: This is the outdoor parking lot. If you pull into an indoor NBC Parking Garage with a garage door entry, this is not the correct garage and you WILL NOT receive a validated parking rate. GPS is notoriously unreliable on the lower levels, please familiarize yourself with some helpful tips: There are two entrances to the preferred parking lot located at 219/225 E. North Water Street. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS AN OUTDOOR PARKING LOT. One entrance can be accessed at intersection of lower E. North Water and lower St. Clair. The entry gate is located on the south side of the intersection. Look for the black sign reading “NBC Tower Parking” in white text. You will also see black and red signs for Legacy Parking. The second entrance to the lot can be accessed if you continue traveling east on E. North Water St. You will reach the entrance, which is on the south side of the street. Note, this is not a covered garage. You may also enter if you are coming from the intersection of Columbus and Illinois St. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS AN OUTDOOR PARKING LOT. Take Illinois St. east for roughly 2 blocks, until you reach N McClurg Ct. Make a right on McClurg Ct, and continue driving south. Take your first right onto E. North Water, and continue traveling west down E. North Water St. into the "underground tunnel". Once you are "underground," continue driving west on E. North Water St. for roughly 2 blocks and the facility entrance will be on the south side (left-hand side) of E. North Water St. The entrance to the lot will have a black sign stating "NBC Tower Parking LEGACY PARKING". Please note, you are parking in an OPEN LOT, not an indoor garage. Validated Rates Early Lunch Rate — $20.00 In between 9 a.m. and out before 4 p.m. Lunch Rate — $16.00 In between 11 a.m. and out before 4 p.m. Cocktail Rate — $16.00 In between 11 a.m. and out before 1 a.m. Dinner Rate — $12.00 In between 5 p.m. and out before 1 a.m. Validation Process Please refer to the directions below for how to validate your parking ticket at the 219/225 E. North Water Street garage. Validation is necessary to receive the discounted rate. Simply self park within the discounted hours that best accommodate your cruise. Provide your ticket to the agent at the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth who will provide validation. When you insert the ticket at any of the payment machines after your cruise, your rate will be automatically discounted to the applicable rate listed above. Additional Parking Options We have secured additional discounted parking at the lot located at 201 E. Illinois St., on the LOWER level. The same rates and times listed above are valid for this garage as well. Parking validations directions are the same. Additional nearby parking is located at 284 E. North Water Street, however, this is not discounted.
Start Location Notes 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, IL, 60611


Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: We regret there are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. We cruise year-round, rain or shine. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather, we will contact you to make other arrangements.


Adult 12-99 years Available on request
Child 3-11 years Available on request


Option Name Weekday Architectural Lunch Cruise
Option Description 2 hour Cruise departing at 12:30 pm

Other Information

Voucher Info

Odyssey Chicago River is docked near NBC Tower at 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr, on the north side of the River Esplanade between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue.
On the day of the cruise, Guest will check in at the ticket booth at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Voucher and photo identification is required to check in.

FAQ What payment options do I have?

PLEASE NOTE: Only credit cards will be accepted for additional on-board purchases.

Accessibility. Is the ship handicap accessible?

There is an accessible outdoor elevator that allows easy access to the lower riverwalk level where our ship is docked. The elevator is located between the ship and the new Apple store, just south of the Gleacher Center. The restrooms aboard Odyssey Chicago River are located on the interior, lower level of the vessel. The vessel is not equipped with a wheelchair elevator, however, it does have a portable wheelchair stair master that accommodates manual, standard wheelchairs only. Please note, we do have a manual, standard wheelchair onsite to be used with the lift should it be needed.

*Please call 888-345-6660 to discuss any accessibility concerns and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.

What is the difference between "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time" ?

"Boarding Time" is the earliest you and your guests may board the ship. You are free to board any time after that up until the "Cruise Time." The ship will leave port at the "Cruise Time." We recommend allowing plenty of time for parking and getting to the ship. The ship leaves promptly at the listed “Cruise Time” and passengers will not be able to board once the ship sets sail.

What is your rescheduling policy?

All cruise tickets are non-refundable.

Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Please check our menu for our vegetarian options. While we offer gluten and allergy free products and gluten sensitive menu items, we openly handle several allergens throughout our galleys. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee a gluten free environment. We do not have separate prep surfaces, cook tops or equipment. Our chef prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products. If you have any other special dietary concerns, please contact your event planner or guest services at 866-305-2469.

Is smoking allowed on the cruise?

Smoking is allowed on our observation deck.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

Your tickets will be at the Odyssey Ticket Booth, located next to the ship. For your convenience, you can pick up your tickets 30 minutes prior to boarding.

What kind of security check is required when I pick up my tickets and board the ship?

Your photo identification and reservation number are required at our Ticket Booth when picking up your tickets. In accordance with US Coast Guard Regulation, all passengers and their belongings being brought on to our vessels are subject to search and screening. In order to expedite the boarding process we ask that you please do not bring any unnecessary bags on board and please make sure that all gifts are in gift bags or unwrapped for easy screening.

What if it rains or snows?

Odyssey will cruise in most weather conditions all year round. Each enclosed deck is climate-controlled and the weather will not affect your cruise. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship will remain dockside for the length of the event.

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Tickets will be held at the box office