My last cruise was on a bright summer day. This time it was a bitter winter evening with snow falling during our cruise on icy Lake Michigan. Once on the boat, we were toasty and enjoyed the glowing view of the city at night as we started off with some champagne with strawberry puree.
The elegant ambiance was just what I needed for a night out with hubby to shake off this dreariness of winter in the Windy City. The cruising vessel had three dining levels as well as a rooftop observation area that provides a magnificent view.
The Chicago Restaurant Week menu offered a champagne cocktail and salad of arugula, romaine, goat cheese, watermelon and sugared pecans with a balsamic vinaigrette. Main course options were roasted chicken, Odyssey short ribs, maple glazed pork tenderloin or a vegetable napoleon. I selected the short ribs with fontina scalloped potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, carrots, squash and a cabernet demi-glace. Hubby ordered the maple glazed pork tenderloin, which I tried and the pecan and dried fruit relish was amazing!
Mini desserts were available from a dessert bar. My favorite was the cake cup, which had red velvet cake with a fabulous cream cheese frosting.
Chicago Restaurant Week continues with cruises available on February 6 and 7 for 6 p.m. boarding and a 7 - 10 p.m. cruise. Price is $44, plus tax, gratuity and beverages. If booking a cruise after Chicago Restaurant Week, use code "WINTER25" for 25 percent off a cruise through March 31. Go the to choosechicago.com for more information on Chicago Restaurant Week. Visit odysseycruises.com for reservations or call (866) 211-3804.