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Odyssey Cruises Chicago

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

Navy Pier , 600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611 US (map)

PHONE

312-396-2226

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Chicago’s Skyline as your Wedding Backdrop

Celebrate on the water aboard Odyssey, Chicago’s most unique and elegant wedding venue. Enjoy exceptional service, fine dining and... Read more
Chicago’s Skyline as your Wedding Backdrop

Celebrate on the water aboard Odyssey, Chicago’s most unique and elegant wedding venue. Enjoy exceptional service, fine dining and customizable décor and entertainment. Complimentary event planners allow you to relax, so you can enjoy having Chicago’s skyline as the backdrop to your big day. From an exquisite wedding reception to an elegant bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, engagement party or post-wedding brunch, the event of your dreams is waiting on the water.

There's something in our fleet that's perfect for you and your special day. Odyssey's sister ships include Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue and Chicago Elite, a new private charter yacht returning in April 2015 after a complete $1 Million renovation.

Ready to learn more about our brunch, lunch and dinner reception packages? Call 888.957.2634 or email us at Weddings@entertainmentcruises.com! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Nautical, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
749
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s)
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Their food are great. Staff are nice and helpful (thanks Ashley our wonderful wedding planner, Susan, our account manager, Tyler, our service manager and many others). After our wedding on May 18, 2014, our guests commented on how wonderful our wedding was and how they enjoyed every minute on the cruise. Given the guaranteed high quality of their professional service, it seemed to me the only variable key factor to a perfect wedding with Odyssey cruise is whether the weather is good since the ceremony will be held on the observation deck. We were very lucky to have a gorgeous wedding day with the most amazing Chicago skyline and breathtaking Michigan lake.
Their food are great. Staff are nice and helpful (thanks Ashley our wonderful wedding planner, Susan, our account manager, Read more...
Their food are great. Staff are nice and helpful (thanks Ashley our wonderful wedding planner, Susan, our account manager, Tyler, our service manager and many others). After our wedding on May 18, 2014, our guests commented on how wonderful our wedding was and how they enjoyed every minute on the cruise. Given the guaranteed high quality of their professional service, it seemed to me the only variable key factor to a perfect wedding with Odyssey cruise is whether the weather is good since the ceremony will be held on the observation deck. We were very lucky to have a gorgeous wedding day with the most amazing Chicago skyline and breathtaking Michigan lake. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We got married on the Mystic Blue in November. We couldn't have been happier with our choice in venues. We had a small wedding ( 60 guests), we had both our ceremony and reception on board the cruise ship. Our wedding planner, Joe, was amazing. He answered close to 100 emails over the course of the planning process and was there the day of the wedding to ensure things went fabulous. The entire staff was very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to make my husband and I's vision a reality.

We had a lunch reception, the food was amazing, as was the DJ.
We had our ceremony outside (in the cold!) and I couldn't imagined having it inside - the views were amazing, everything went great!
We got married on the Mystic Blue in November. We couldn't have been happier with our choice in venues. We had a small Read more...
We got married on the Mystic Blue in November. We couldn't have been happier with our choice in venues. We had a small wedding ( 60 guests), we had both our ceremony and reception on board the cruise ship. Our wedding planner, Joe, was amazing. He answered close to 100 emails over the course of the planning process and was there the day of the wedding to ensure things went fabulous. The entire staff was very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to make my husband and I's vision a reality.

We had a lunch reception, the food was amazing, as was the DJ.
We had our ceremony outside (in the cold!) and I couldn't imagined having it inside - the views were amazing, everything went great! Read less
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Blanca
Wedding:
9/9/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding was a small party not big enough for a private room. Either way the experience was phenomenal. The team on the boat are there with you all the way to help you and your party with anything needed.
My wedding was a small party not big enough for a private room. Either way the experience was phenomenal. The team on the Read more...
My wedding was a small party not big enough for a private room. Either way the experience was phenomenal. The team on the boat are there with you all the way to help you and your party with anything needed. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Entertainment cruises was amazing! Made our day perfect and they were so responsive to our needs. We did a day wedding on the Odyssey which was great value! The food was delicious! Our wedding coordinator was Joseph Altobelli! He did a great job, was really attentive, really friendly and very organized! Only negative things were we didnt get a dessert tray that we ordered but we got reimbursed for it and didnt need it anyways! We also werent that happy with how the rehearsal the day of the ceremony was organized!

Other than that, it exceeded EVERYONE'S expectations! Would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone! Amazing company, friendly staff, beautiful scenery and great prices!!!! It looked gorgeous with all of the renos too!
Entertainment cruises was amazing! Made our day perfect and they were so responsive to our needs. We did a day wedding on Read more...
Entertainment cruises was amazing! Made our day perfect and they were so responsive to our needs. We did a day wedding on the Odyssey which was great value! The food was delicious! Our wedding coordinator was Joseph Altobelli! He did a great job, was really attentive, really friendly and very organized! Only negative things were we didnt get a dessert tray that we ordered but we got reimbursed for it and didnt need it anyways! We also werent that happy with how the rehearsal the day of the ceremony was organized!

Other than that, it exceeded EVERYONE'S expectations! Would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone! Amazing company, friendly staff, beautiful scenery and great prices!!!! It looked gorgeous with all of the renos too! Read less
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Monika
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose the Odyssey 11 in Chicago as our venu to have our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. They just had a multi-million dollar renovation on the boat and it is stunning. I am very happy we chose to have our ceremony and reception on the boat. Made for forever memories. The ceremony is held on the upper most deck of the boat and with the views of the city and the pier around you it is amazing. The reception was all the we expected and then some. Beautiful room, amazing food. All of the servers and staff are incredibly nice and helpful. The wedding coordinator is amazing. They keep everything so organized to make sure your day goes smooth. I had no stress or worry at all planning our event with them. Looking forward to our one year anniversary on the boat. I would highly recommend anyone to have their wedding with the Odyssey Cruises.
We chose the Odyssey 11 in Chicago as our venu to have our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. They just had a Read more...
We chose the Odyssey 11 in Chicago as our venu to have our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. They just had a multi-million dollar renovation on the boat and it is stunning. I am very happy we chose to have our ceremony and reception on the boat. Made for forever memories. The ceremony is held on the upper most deck of the boat and with the views of the city and the pier around you it is amazing. The reception was all the we expected and then some. Beautiful room, amazing food. All of the servers and staff are incredibly nice and helpful. The wedding coordinator is amazing. They keep everything so organized to make sure your day goes smooth. I had no stress or worry at all planning our event with them. Looking forward to our one year anniversary on the boat. I would highly recommend anyone to have their wedding with the Odyssey Cruises. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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shoman
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
After attending one of their engagment gala's on The Odyssey, we decided to book our wedding for June 9, 2012. This was such a fantastic decision. Throughout the entire process, the whole staff was beyond accomodating and friendly. From when we began working with sales (Karri) to craft the package we wanted, to coordinating actual wedding day details and vendors (Susan), to the actual day of with making sure things were going smoothly (Sandra) I can't say a single negative thing about the experience.

I've received so many emails and messages saying this was by far one of the most memorable weddings they've ever been to. It's so different and such a unique way for people that are traveling in to see Chicago. And my parents couldnt stop telling me how impressed they were with the attentiveness of the crew - they really made our day awesome!!

One word of advice though - we did a day cruise instead of evening, and it was absolutely gorgeous weather (And cheaper) but it is more than worth it to buy at least the one extra hour after docking. Even with that, our wedding went by so quickly.
After attending one of their engagment gala's on The Odyssey, we decided to book our wedding for June 9, 2012. This was Read more...
After attending one of their engagment gala's on The Odyssey, we decided to book our wedding for June 9, 2012. This was such a fantastic decision. Throughout the entire process, the whole staff was beyond accomodating and friendly. From when we began working with sales (Karri) to craft the package we wanted, to coordinating actual wedding day details and vendors (Susan), to the actual day of with making sure things were going smoothly (Sandra) I can't say a single negative thing about the experience.

I've received so many emails and messages saying this was by far one of the most memorable weddings they've ever been to. It's so different and such a unique way for people that are traveling in to see Chicago. And my parents couldnt stop telling me how impressed they were with the attentiveness of the crew - they really made our day awesome!!

One word of advice though - we did a day cruise instead of evening, and it was absolutely gorgeous weather (And cheaper) but it is more than worth it to buy at least the one extra hour after docking. Even with that, our wedding went by so quickly. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.8/5.0
I had my wedding in the late morning aboard The Odyssey at Navy Pier, because of all the boats at the pier this is the only one that offered a sit-down plated meal. This is the nicest wedding and reception I can imagine for the cost (book early to get an additional discount) as well as the nicest wedding and reception many of my guests (as they*still* continue to tell me *three weeks later*) say they had ever been to! (And these are people who have been to weddings all over the world)
Pro: Value
In the end, with a three-course meal, cake/dessert, and wine/beer package plus champagne toast, the total cost per person was about $100, which if you talk to anyone who has paid for a wedding at a restaurant or banquet hall, is basically what it costs for a windowless banquet room in a hotel, except that this is on a yacht and includes a cruise of the beautiful Chicago skyline.
Con: Ok, so even if it's a good *value* for what you get, it might cost more in total than some options like a home garden reception or a church wedding followed by dinner in a private dining room at a nearby restaurant.
Con/Pro: Because you coordinate the event with one person for months but cruise with a different on-site coordinator, some details can get lost in the shuffle (I'm *very* detail-oriented so missteps like the DJ forgetting to announce a couple members of the wedding party, frustrated me at the time) BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS that no matter how many things I *thought* went wrong, no one noticed because of how perfect everything else was (some credit here goes to the flawless weather and to the breathtaking cake my best friend made) or even if they *had* noticed, no one would have minded because they were in such awe of everything else.
I had my wedding in the late morning aboard The Odyssey at Navy Pier, because of all the boats at the pier this is the Read more...
I had my wedding in the late morning aboard The Odyssey at Navy Pier, because of all the boats at the pier this is the only one that offered a sit-down plated meal. This is the nicest wedding and reception I can imagine for the cost (book early to get an additional discount) as well as the nicest wedding and reception many of my guests (as they*still* continue to tell me *three weeks later*) say they had ever been to! (And these are people who have been to weddings all over the world)
Pro: Value
In the end, with a three-course meal, cake/dessert, and wine/beer package plus champagne toast, the total cost per person was about $100, which if you talk to anyone who has paid for a wedding at a restaurant or banquet hall, is basically what it costs for a windowless banquet room in a hotel, except that this is on a yacht and includes a cruise of the beautiful Chicago skyline.
Con: Ok, so even if it's a good *value* for what you get, it might cost more in total than some options like a home garden reception or a church wedding followed by dinner in a private dining room at a nearby restaurant.
Con/Pro: Because you coordinate the event with one person for months but cruise with a different on-site coordinator, some details can get lost in the shuffle (I'm *very* detail-oriented so missteps like the DJ forgetting to announce a couple members of the wedding party, frustrated me at the time) BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS that no matter how many things I *thought* went wrong, no one noticed because of how perfect everything else was (some credit here goes to the flawless weather and to the breathtaking cake my best friend made) or even if they *had* noticed, no one would have minded because they were in such awe of everything else. Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
12/28/2013
4.4/5.0
A wonderful experience and a truly memorable evening. Everyone loved it. I would highly recommend. My score reflects only the fact that there is no bargain, but everything was easy and I don't regret a dime spent.
A wonderful experience and a truly memorable evening. Everyone loved it. I would highly recommend. My score reflects only Read more...
A wonderful experience and a truly memorable evening. Everyone loved it. I would highly recommend. My score reflects only the fact that there is no bargain, but everything was easy and I don't regret a dime spent. Read less
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sandblasted
Wedding:
7/4/2008
4.3/5.0
We wish we could do it all over again! Very professional and good service. My guests have told me it was the best wedding they've ever been too. I love the fact that we could go inside or outside. I'm so glad that it's the venue, catering, DJ and flowers all in one! It made things easier!

There are no refunds so make sure you have a final guest count. In fact, you could go a little under and pay for the remaining guest at the week of your reception because there are bound to be people who cancel the day before! That way you won't get flustered at them for doing this at the last minute or have to scramble to find someone to fill the spots.
We wish we could do it all over again! Very professional and good service. My guests have told me it was the best wedding Read more...
We wish we could do it all over again! Very professional and good service. My guests have told me it was the best wedding they've ever been too. I love the fact that we could go inside or outside. I'm so glad that it's the venue, catering, DJ and flowers all in one! It made things easier!

There are no refunds so make sure you have a final guest count. In fact, you could go a little under and pay for the remaining guest at the week of your reception because there are bound to be people who cancel the day before! That way you won't get flustered at them for doing this at the last minute or have to scramble to find someone to fill the spots. Read less
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jackie
Wedding:
9/12/2010
3.6/5.0
Overall, the Odyssey was an excellent choice for our wedding ceremony and reception.

The sales associate I worked with, Ms. Tiffany Weinstein, was excellent from start to finish and very responsive and warm. If you are looking to check out Odyssey we would recommend that you work with Tiffany.

Overall, the service was acceptable, our deck beautifully decorated and the views terrific! The food was great and we recommend choosing a buffet style. We were lucky and the weather cooperated as well.

On the actual wedding day, there were a few problems which were minor.

The wedding party boarding, which was supposed to go smoothly (and quickly so we could start our ceremony on time), was halted because of some Odyssey team members on a power trip. The photography team on the boat insisted on taking pictures of our wedding party with the cheesy "Odyssey" life ring (even though we had our VERY EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH US) and had to be asked to stop and then tried to explain why we should have the pictures taken after I explained that we DID NOT WANT their pictures. Private parties (with private boarding for a wedding ceremony) should have quick boarding and I did NOT want photos SOLD to my guests as they boarded the boat for my wedding. So cheesy.

The "day of" wedding coordinator was frequently missing from our deck and instead, other team members had to "sub in" for him--there was always a staff member nearby and our needs were met but I was lead to believe that he was the one who would be available to us which is why I did so much communicating with him in advance. He was nice to work with and the set-up of the deck was what we had discussed but I was disappointed that he was so difficult to find during the event.

Additionally, the bartender gave a few members of our wedding party (in their THIRTIES) an issue about showing ID to drink on board but did not consistently card other guests (we did not invite any underage guests except for two who were accompanied by their parents). Thankfully, this matter was handled quickly by the wedding coordinator (which we were grateful for) and smoothed over by an excellent waiter.

The DJ, despite being provided with an extensive list with a note to NOT TAKE REQUESTS and a do not play list, took requests and we had to ask him to stop so that he could get through OUR PLAYLIST requests on our somewhat short reception cruise. He also was asking about certain songs which were clearly marked on our request page. Even though the names were spelled phonetically on his information sheet he still had issues.

Overall all of these were small matters in the grand scheme of things but I found myself becoming very frustrated with these issues which should have never come up.
Overall, the Odyssey was an excellent choice for our wedding ceremony and reception.

The sales associate I worked Read more...
Overall, the Odyssey was an excellent choice for our wedding ceremony and reception.

The sales associate I worked with, Ms. Tiffany Weinstein, was excellent from start to finish and very responsive and warm. If you are looking to check out Odyssey we would recommend that you work with Tiffany.

Overall, the service was acceptable, our deck beautifully decorated and the views terrific! The food was great and we recommend choosing a buffet style. We were lucky and the weather cooperated as well.

On the actual wedding day, there were a few problems which were minor.

The wedding party boarding, which was supposed to go smoothly (and quickly so we could start our ceremony on time), was halted because of some Odyssey team members on a power trip. The photography team on the boat insisted on taking pictures of our wedding party with the cheesy "Odyssey" life ring (even though we had our VERY EXPENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH US) and had to be asked to stop and then tried to explain why we should have the pictures taken after I explained that we DID NOT WANT their pictures. Private parties (with private boarding for a wedding ceremony) should have quick boarding and I did NOT want photos SOLD to my guests as they boarded the boat for my wedding. So cheesy.

The "day of" wedding coordinator was frequently missing from our deck and instead, other team members had to "sub in" for him--there was always a staff member nearby and our needs were met but I was lead to believe that he was the one who would be available to us which is why I did so much communicating with him in advance. He was nice to work with and the set-up of the deck was what we had discussed but I was disappointed that he was so difficult to find during the event.

Additionally, the bartender gave a few members of our wedding party (in their THIRTIES) an issue about showing ID to drink on board but did not consistently card other guests (we did not invite any underage guests except for two who were accompanied by their parents). Thankfully, this matter was handled quickly by the wedding coordinator (which we were grateful for) and smoothed over by an excellent waiter.

The DJ, despite being provided with an extensive list with a note to NOT TAKE REQUESTS and a do not play list, took requests and we had to ask him to stop so that he could get through OUR PLAYLIST requests on our somewhat short reception cruise. He also was asking about certain songs which were clearly marked on our request page. Even though the names were spelled phonetically on his information sheet he still had issues.

Overall all of these were small matters in the grand scheme of things but I found myself becoming very frustrated with these issues which should have never come up. Read less
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DEALS

Rehearsal Dinner Package
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Promo Code: mention package   $164 Value
With the Chicago skyline as your backdrop, Odyssey becomes the perfect setting for an evening that will be a highlight of your wedding weekend. The Rehearsal Dinner Package includes: Friday ticket aboard Odyssey, open bar (beer, wine & champagne), chef's choice hors d'oeuvres, deck charter (min 50 guests), and DJ entertainment & microphone use. Menu options include: salad, entrees (choose two), and dessert station. Package is $120 per person (includes taxes & fees).
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