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Birthday Cruise

Birthdays & Special Occasions

Host Your Next Event on the Water

Whether you cruise with us on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan for your birthday, anniversary, or meaningful milestone, breathtaking backdrops are sure to make your special celebration unforgettable. Our professional planners, flexible packages and superior guest service make it simple and easy to host your next event on the water.
 

Stunning views
Custom packages
Large groups
Myriad amenities
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Our Event Venues

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An Odyssey Venue on the River

On our newest cruise experience, enjoy a three-course plated menu aboard a glass-enclosed vessel designed to showcase the city's iconic riverfront architecture. With creative plated dishes, refreshing cocktails and great music—it's Chicago, served tableside.
 

200 guests
Upscale DJ
3-course plated meal

An Odyssey Venue on the River

On our newest cruise experience, enjoy a three-course plated menu aboard a glass-enclosed vessel designed to showcase the city's iconic riverfront architecture. With creative plated dishes, refreshing cocktails and great music—it's Chicago, served tableside.
 

200 guests
Upscale DJ
3-course plated meal
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All About Odyssey Chicago River

All About Odyssey Chicago River

Find directions, parking information, plus photos and virtual tours.

Ship Details
Sample Menu for Odyssey Chicago River

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated menu is included in the base ticket price for all Odyssey dining cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Core Odyssey 2020 Dinner Plated

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated dinner menu is included in the base ticket price for all standard dinner cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your server onboard. Menu items subject to change.

Choice of one

 

Caesar Salad
Buttermilk Caesar Dressing | Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese | Herb Croutons | Italian Parsley

Lobster Bisque
Rock Shrimp | Brioche Croutons | Scallions

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Bourbon Cocktail Sauce
Available for an additional price

Seafood Tower
Maine Lobster | Alaskan King Crab | Jumbo Shrimp | Bay Scallop Ceviche | Bourbon Cocktail Sauce | Parsley Aioli
Available for an additional price

2.5oz 1/2 Lobster Tail
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Jumbo Forest Mushroom Ravioli
Spanish Red Lentils & Sage | Arugula | Shallots | Toasted Walnuts | Basil Pesto Oven

Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme
Warm Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Cremini Mushroom Sauce

Broiled Fresh Salmon Filet
Roasted Yukon Potatoes | Steamed Bok Choi | Micro Arugula & Pickled Sweet Ginger | Creamy Vegetable & Fresh Herb Sauce

Braised Beef Short Rib
Idaho Potato & Horseradish Mash | Baby Carrots | Pearl Onions & English Peas Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Pan-Seared Fresh Pacific Cod
Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce | Baby Spinach & Potato Mash | Steamed Rock Shrimp 

8 oz USDA Choice Filet Mignon
Potato & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
Available for an additional price

18 oz USDA Prime Striploin
Potatoes & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Café de Paris Butter
Available for an additional price

Two 5 oz Broiled Maine Lobster Tails 
Truffle Potatoes | Celery & Apple Slaw | Corn on the Cob | Drawn Butter
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Eli's New York Style Cheesecake
Strawberry Compote

Triple Chocolate Mud Pie
Orange & Ginger Preserves | White Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Duo of Sorbet
Seasonal Sorbet | Fresh Cut Fruit

Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries
Madagascar Vanilla & Orange Custard | Fresh Mint  

Odyssey Signature Warm Butter Cake
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Blackberry Sauce

Included In Your Ticket
Coffee | Hot Tea | Iced Tea | Water

Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Available to purchase onboard

Chicago River Dinner Cruise Route

Chicago River Esplenade

Ships departing from this dock

Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of NBC Tower on the River (north side)

Address

455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr

Odyssey Lakefront Cruises

Odyssey Lake Michigan offers upscale dining, curated entertainment, and attentive service on the lakefront. We’ll show you unmatched views of our world-famous skyline, and why a cruise with us is better than any event on shore.
 

749 guests
Upscale DJ
3-course plated meal

Odyssey Lakefront Cruises

Odyssey Lake Michigan offers upscale dining, curated entertainment, and attentive service on the lakefront. We’ll show you unmatched views of our world-famous skyline, and why a cruise with us is better than any event on shore.
 

749 guests
Upscale DJ
3-course plated meal
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All About Odyssey Lake Michigan

All About Odyssey Lake Michigan

Find directions, parking information, plus photos and virtual tours.

Ship Details
Sample Menu for Odyssey Lake Michigan

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated menu is included in the base ticket price for all Signature dining cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner. 

Core Odyssey 2020 Dinner Plated

Our freshly prepared, three-course plated dinner menu is included in the base ticket price for all standard dinner cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your server onboard. Menu items subject to change.

Choice of one

 

Caesar Salad
Buttermilk Caesar Dressing | Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese | Herb Croutons | Italian Parsley

Lobster Bisque
Rock Shrimp | Brioche Croutons | Scallions

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Bourbon Cocktail Sauce
Available for an additional price

Seafood Tower
Maine Lobster | Alaskan King Crab | Jumbo Shrimp | Bay Scallop Ceviche | Bourbon Cocktail Sauce | Parsley Aioli
Available for an additional price

2.5oz 1/2 Lobster Tail
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Jumbo Forest Mushroom Ravioli
Spanish Red Lentils & Sage | Arugula | Shallots | Toasted Walnuts | Basil Pesto Oven

Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme
Warm Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Cremini Mushroom Sauce

Broiled Fresh Salmon Filet
Roasted Yukon Potatoes | Steamed Bok Choi | Micro Arugula & Pickled Sweet Ginger | Creamy Vegetable & Fresh Herb Sauce

Braised Beef Short Rib
Idaho Potato & Horseradish Mash | Baby Carrots | Pearl Onions & English Peas Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Pan-Seared Fresh Pacific Cod
Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce | Baby Spinach & Potato Mash | Steamed Rock Shrimp 

8 oz USDA Choice Filet Mignon
Potato & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
Available for an additional price

18 oz USDA Prime Striploin
Potatoes & Horseradish Mash | Steamed Romanesco | Café de Paris Butter
Available for an additional price

Two 5 oz Broiled Maine Lobster Tails 
Truffle Potatoes | Celery & Apple Slaw | Corn on the Cob | Drawn Butter
Available for an additional price

Choice of one

Eli's New York Style Cheesecake
Strawberry Compote

Triple Chocolate Mud Pie
Orange & Ginger Preserves | White Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Duo of Sorbet
Seasonal Sorbet | Fresh Cut Fruit

Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries
Madagascar Vanilla & Orange Custard | Fresh Mint  

Odyssey Signature Warm Butter Cake
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Blackberry Sauce

Included In Your Ticket
Coffee | Hot Tea | Iced Tea | Water

Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Available to purchase onboard

Lake Michigan Dining Cruise Route

Navy Pier - Odyssey Lake Michigan

Address

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Fun From Start to Finish

Great for parties of all sizes, a Spirit cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance and see the Chicago skyline like never before. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, a freshly prepared buffet meal and attentive service as you sail Lake Michigan.
 

600 guests
DJ and games
Multi-course buffet

Fun From Start to Finish

Great for parties of all sizes, a Spirit cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance and see the Chicago skyline like never before. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, a freshly prepared buffet meal and attentive service as you sail Lake Michigan.
 

600 guests
DJ and games
Multi-course buffet
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All About Spirit of Chicago

All About Spirit of Chicago

Find directions, parking information, plus photos and virtual tours.

Ship Details
Sample Menu for Spirit of Chicago

Our freshly prepared, three-course buffet menu is included in the base ticket price for all Spirit dining cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Core Spirit 2020 Dinner Buffet (post-COVID)

Our freshly prepared, multi-course buffet is included in the base ticket price for all standard dinner cruises. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your server onboard. Menu items subject to change.

 

 

Caesar Salad
Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons

Bow Tie Pasta Salad 
Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette

 

 

Roasted Broccoli Florets
Toasted Garlic | Chili Flakes

Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole
Green Chilies | Scallions | Fresh Cilantro

Mashed Potatoes
Idaho Potatoes | Roasted Garlic

 

 

Oven Baked Flounder Filet
Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce

Baked Ziti Pasta
Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Mozzarella | Cheese Spinach Sauce

Honey & Sesame Chicken
Scallions | Fresno Chilies

Italian Beef Meatballs
Creamy Mushroom Sauce | Italian Parsley

Braised Beef Short Ribs
Baby Carrots | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Spirit Seasonal Dessert Display
 

Included in Your Ticket
Coffee | Hot Tea | Iced Tea | Water

Craft Cocktails, Beer & Wine
Available to purchase onboard

Lake Michigan Dining Cruise Route

Navy Pier - Odyssey Lake Michigan

Address

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The City's Most Distinctive Event Venue

With amazing skyline views, private setting and completely customizable options, this is Chicago’s most innovative dining and entertainment venue. Enjoy an elevated private yacht experience as you cruise Lake Michigan.
 

150 guests
Onboard sound system
3-course gourmet meal

The City's Most Distinctive Event Venue

With amazing skyline views, private setting and completely customizable options, this is Chicago’s most innovative dining and entertainment venue. Enjoy an elevated private yacht experience as you cruise Lake Michigan.
 

150 guests
Onboard sound system
3-course gourmet meal
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All About Chicago Elite

All About Chicago Elite

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Ship Details
Sample Menu for Chicago Elite

All menu selections are prepared freshly on board for Elite private charters. Our chefs are happy to prepare vegetarian and vegan options, and we can also accommodate most dietary restrictions - just inform your event planner.

Chicago Elite Dinner Buffet

(Pre-select 1) 
All salads accompanied by fresh breads and butter

Caesar Salad 
Crisp Romaine Hearts | Homemade Focaccia Croutons | Caesar Dressing

Spinach Salad 
Baby Spinach | Bacon | Red Onions | Sautéed Mushrooms | Bacon Ranch Dressing

Chicago Chop 
Iceberg Lettuce | Roasted Chicken | Roma Tomatoes | Scallions | Avocado | Bacon | Oven-Baked Tortilla Strips | Whole Grain Honey Dijon Dressing

Carving Station

(Pre-select 1)

Garlic-Roasted Prime Rib 
Au Jus | Horseradish Cream

Black Peppercorn Encrusted Tenderloin 
Cabernet Demi-Glace | Horseradish Cream

Chicken

(Pre-select 1)

Chicken ala Vesuvio 
Boneless Breast | Fresh Lemon and Italian Herbs

Prosciutto Topped Chicken Breast 
Stuffed with Mozzarella and Basil | Tomato and Shallot White Wine Sauce

Salmon

(Pre-select 1)

Atlantic Salmon Filet 
Buerre Blanc

Cajun Crusted Salmon Fillet 
Tomato Etouffee

Pasta

(Pre-select 1)

Spinach Ravioli 
Julienne Vegetables | Pomodoro Sauce

Eggplant Parmesan 
Monterey Jack Cheese | Marinara Sauce

Seasonal Roasted Vegetables

(Pre-select 1)

Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Heirloom Potatoes

Assorted Cakes | Mini Pastries | Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Lake Michigan Dining Cruise Route

Navy Pier - Odyssey Lake Michigan

Address

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

High Speed Thrills on the Water

With the ability to travel both the lake and river, Seadog is an experience unlike any other. Cruise along with a guided tour and a cocktail in hand. Hosting a unique private event on the water couldn't be easier.
 

125 guests
Narrated tour and music
Concessions available

High Speed Thrills on the Water

With the ability to travel both the lake and river, Seadog is an experience unlike any other. Cruise along with a guided tour and a cocktail in hand. Hosting a unique private event on the water couldn't be easier.
 

125 guests
Narrated tour and music
Concessions available
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All About Seadog Chicago

All About Seadog Chicago

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Ship Details

Seadog Lakefront Speedboat Tour

Navy Pier - Seadog

Ships departing from this dock

Navy Pier

Address

600 E Grand Ave

Your Spirit cruise departs from the historic Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll get up close with the amazing architecture along the Chicago River, see the city’s iconic skyline from Lake Michigan, or both!

Customize Your Event with Onboard Enhancements

Craft cocktails, beer and wine from our cash bar

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Photo Packages

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Photo favors, photo booth with props, roaming photographer

Entertainment Enhancements

Odyssey Boston - Live DJ

Live band, rooftop DJ

Window table reservations for the best views

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Bar Packages

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Juice & soda, beer & wine, premium and platinum packages, signature cocktails, outdoor bar

And Much More

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Party favors, flexible boarding and cruising times, transportation and more—just ask!

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Seadog Architecture Tours - Boat on Water

Important Information

Groups of 20 or more require an event proposal so we can craft your ideal event.
Our ships are equipped to cruise 365 days a year in all weather conditions.
Take virtual 360 tours and view more photos of all our Hornblower vessels.
We dock at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, and the Chicago River Esplanade
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Meet our Fleet

Discover the perfect event venue on the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes to my reservation? +

For changes to your order, you must contact our customer service center at (888) 957-2634.

How do you accommodate for food allergies? +

Our vessels do not permit any outside food, however, for specific dietary requests, please call us to ensure we are able to accommodate your concerns.

While we do our best by trying to offer gluten and allergy free products as well as 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 chefs prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products.

How does the charter process work? +

Great question! Check out our "New to Event Planning" page for full details. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Is my boat wheelchair accessible? +

The majority of our fleet decks and restrooms are able to accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. We ask that for specific accessibility concerns you please call the local Hornblower number and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.

Will I have cell service onboard? +

Most cellular services are available on the water as we do not cruise beyond one mile off shore.

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Review

I suggested and later planned my office holiday party on a boat for 100+ people. From day one of requesting a quote till the end of the event, they provided excellent customer service. Each individual from the boat staff deserves applause for keeping it so professional, welcoming and friendly. 
 

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Haris B
Location
Chicago
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