Odyssey Chicago Cruise Route
Chicago is Travel & Leisure’s #1 skyline for 2010!
Weather permitting – we will exit out the break wall and head North to North Avenue Beach and then back south to the Planetarium and Burnham Harbor. All the while, offering unmatched views of our world-famous skyline, from the Sears Tower, the John Hancock, to the Shedd Aquarium, Aon Center and more. The ship is able to cruise up to 1 mile off of the shoreline.
This cruise route may change due to weather and cruise direction.
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This Chicago landmark was built in 1916 and today offers more than 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions including one of the country's largest Ferris Wheels.
Jardine Filtration Plant
The world's largest filtration plant, it processes one million gallons a minute.
North Avenue Beach
This is considered Chicago's premier beach. It is characterized by its piers which hold the sand in place and create a scalloped shoreline, terminating in a Cape Cod-like hook.
Built in 1930, this fascinating attraction was a gift to the city from Max Adler of Sears & Roebuck fame.
Adjacent to the Museum Campus and Soldiers Field, it contains 1120 docking facilities, a harbor store, boat ramp, and the Burnham Park Yacht Club.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Opened in 1930, its original salt water came by train from Key West. Today, it is home to more than 8,000 aquatic animals.
Opened in 1924, it was named in memory of Americans killed in WW I, and later rededicated to WW II soldiers. It is now home stadium of the Chicago Bears football team.
Covering 319 prime acres along the lakefront, it was developed into one of America's great city parks after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Built in 1927 at the center of Grant Park, this is the world's largest lighted fountain.
This stunning lakefront convention center boasts the largest column-free space in the world.
Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
At 110 stories, this soaring skyscraper was the world's tallest building until 1996 when the Petronus Towers in Malaysia were built. From the Willis Tower Observatory, you can see Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Now known as the "Stone Container Building," this uniquely designed diamond-roofed structure was completed in 1983 at 41 stories and has been featured in movies and television.
AON Center/Amoco Building
Built in 1973 and rising 80 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in Chicago. It is unusual for the fact that it has no corner offices.
AT&T Corporate Center
Affectionately known as the "white castle building," it was built in 1988 and, at 875 feet, is among the top ten tallest buildings in Chicago.
John Hancock Center
When it was completed in 1970, it was the world's tallest building, supported by braces to prevent it from swaying in the gusts off Lake Michigan. Its skywalk observatory, at 1127 feet, is the Midwest's highest open-air experience.
Formed by Ice Age glaciers, it is the only one of the Great Lakes that lies wholly in the U.S. It is approximately 307 miles long, 118 miles wide and 925 feet deep.