Chicago River Esplenade
Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of NBC Tower on the River (north side)
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr
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.
If you are arriving by ride-share or taxi, we recommend asking your ride to drop you off at the Cityfront Plaza roundabout nearest the river. (Please see the location pin dropped on the map below.) You’ll find the stairs right on the south side of the street, closest to the river and between NBC Tower and the Gleacher Center. You’ll be able to Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth at the bottom of the stairs.
The closest parking garage to Odyssey Chicago River is located at 219/225 E. North Water Street, on the LOWER level. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OUTDOOR PARKING LOT. 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: If you pull into an indoor NBC Parking Garage with a garage door entry, you WILL NOT receive a validated parking rate. This is not the correct garage.
GPS is notoriously unreliable on the lower levels, please familiarize yourself with the directions below:
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.
- 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.
Please refer to the directions below for how to get our discounted parking at the 219/225 E. North Water Street garage Simply self park within the discounted hours that best accommodate your cruise. We will provide validation at the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth that will automatically reduce your rate when you insert the ticket at any of the payment machines after your cruise.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are food and drink allowed on board? +
Yes! However, we do not sell food or beverages on board, but you’re welcome to bring your own refreshments as long as there is no glass.
Are there restrooms on Seadog boats? +
Yes. Restrooms are available on all Seadog boats.
Can I make changes to my reservation? +
For changes to your order, you must contact our customer service center at (888) 957-2634.
Can I purchase tickets online? +
For parties of 19 guests or less, tickets are available for online purchase. We ask that groups of 20 or more contact us so one of our event coordinators can assist with your event.
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.
Is Seadog okay for all ages to ride? +
Seadog offers something for everyone! We do not, however, recommend cruising for those with cardiac conditions or orthopedic conditions associated with the neck or back. It’s also not recommended for women in late terms of pregnancy. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult to cruise aboard any Seadog product. Don’t forget, you must be at least 48 inches to board Seadog’s Extreme Thrill Ride!
What do I need to bring in order to pick up my tickets? +
We ask that guests have photo identification and their cruise order number handy to pick up the tickets. Our ticket booths open one hour prior to cruise boarding time and are conveniently located near our ship's docking location.