Odyssey Chicago River directions and parking information

Odyssey Chicago River Directions & Parking


455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr • Chicago, IL 60611
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. 

Drop Off

If you are arriving by ride-share or taxi, we recommend asking your ride to drop you off at the Cityfront Plaza roundabout between NBC Tower and the Gleacher Center. (Please see the location pin dropped on the map below.) There are stairs on the south side of the roundabout, closest to the river. You’ll find the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth at the bottom of the stairs.

Preferred Parking

The closest parking garage to Odyssey Chicago River is located at 219/225 E. North Water Street, on the LOWER level. 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: This is the outdoor parking lot. If you pull into an indoor NBC Parking Garage with a garage door entry, this is not the correct garage and you WILL NOT receive a validated parking rate.

GPS is notoriously unreliable on the lower levels, please familiarize yourself with some helpful tips: 

  • 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.

Validated Rates

  • Early Lunch Rate — $20.00
    In between 9 a.m. and out before 4 p.m.
  • 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.

Validation Process

Please refer to the directions below for how to validate your parking ticket at the 219/225 E. North Water Street garage. Validation is necessary to receive the discounted rate. Simply self park within the discounted hours that best accommodate your cruise. Provide your ticket to the agent at the Odyssey Chicago River ticket booth who will provide validation. When you insert the ticket at any of the payment machines after your cruise, your rate will be automatically discounted to the applicable rate listed above. 

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.

If you are interested in securing a parking spot ahead of time, we recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. There are various parking lots nearby that can be booked on SpotHero.

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