Thursday, August 7, 2014


By Dr. Myra Handy

The weekend of August 15th marks the 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show and there's no better vantage point to watch the Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights than out on the lake. As an active boat captain myself, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by the yachting experience on board the newly renovated Odyssey docked at Navy Pier. The Odyssey offers a gourmet dining experience along with upscale DJ entertainment and unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline.  The Blue Angels are back for this year's edition and the Odyssey is conducting Air and Water Show cruises throughout the weekend, starting with the Early Air and Water Preview Brunch and the Afternoon Air and Water Preview Buffet Lunch. During the show, Saturday and SundayAugust 17th and 18th, the Odyssey will also sail for the Early Air and Water Show Brunch and Afternoon Buffet Lunch. Saturday night will feature the Fireworks Dinner Cruise, with fireworks off Navy Pier through August 30. Odyssey fireworks cruises take place every Wednesday and Saturday evening. The evening starts off with a glass of champagne as the ship gets underway, followed by a delicious dinner featuring gourmet favorites such as Roasted Salmon and a huge serving of fall-off-the-bone Braised Short Ribs. A wide selection of signature cocktails, wine by the glass and special selections from the wine list make this a dining tour de force. Save room for dessert and prepare to boogie it all off on the dance floor before taking in the spectacular fireworks display. Make your reservations now if you're planning to take in one of the Air and Water Show cruises, because they always sell out quickly. The Odyssey will also set off on a dinner cruise Venetian Night, Saturday, September 6th. Boarding is at 6pm, cruising from 7-10pm.  Call 866-305-2469 or book your cruise online
 The Chicago skyline as seen from the Odyssey

Navy Pier fireworks display
 Just one of the delectable dessert offerings

The author, Dr. Myra Handy, on board the Odyssey Fireworks Cruise

 the grand finale of the fireworks display

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