Boat decks look like fun until the rain—and the plastic ponchos—arrives. But now you can toast Chicago’s views in any weather.

By Writers: Ann Hinga Klein and Kelsey Schagemann
Inside Odyssey Chicago River

In a city with a skyline and weather as diverse as Chicago's, tour boat tickets come with a range of potential outcomes. That's why the Odyssey Chicago River cut such a smart profile when it joined its competitors cruising from the revitalized Riverwalk last fall.

Chicago's first glass-top touring boat serves up cocktails, fancy eats and comfy year-round views of the city's iconic architecture. This tour's focus is on creature comforts, not narration. So ask your server for a Landmarks Guide if you want architectural insights along the way.

Photo: Courtesy of Entertainment Cruises

Depending on the option you choose, the cruise can include sliders, skewers and cheeses (cocktail cruise, from around $65; drinks extra) or a three-course meal (from around $75). Burn it off on the dance floor. DJs keep this cruise hopping-ponchos optional.

That's cool A specialized hull and an air bubbler system keep Odyssey Chicago River on the water year-round with help from the city's ice-breaking tugboats.

Photo: Courtesy of Entertainment Cruises
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