To celebrate its 500th show, Windy City Live celebrated in grand style with a private party aboard the Odyssey for 350 friends and contributors of the show on July 25. The invitation read "Cruising Through 500 Shows, Thanks for Jumping Aboard." The night was also a celebration of the show's two year anniversary. Darling and handsome co-hosts Val Warner (fresh from her triumph as co-host on "The View"), Ryan Chiaverini (who has the cutest posse of friends) and Ji Suk Yi were all on hand to greet guests and take photos. Executive producer Marlaine Selip, supervising producer Cindy Patrasso, senior producer Hank ("Frankly Hank") Mendheim and producer/booker Emerald-Jane Hunter and producers Mary Hynes and Jessie Kalin, were all beaming from ear to ear and so thrilled with the turn-out. John Idler, president and GM of ABC-7 Chicago, was also on hand greeting guests .
The security was tight and lists were checked and re-checked before you were handed your boarding pass (aka "Golden Ticket"). As eager partygoers boarded the Odyssey, commemorative photos were taken and then presented at the end of the night. (A nice touch).
There were lots of familiar faces including light heavyweight boxer Mike Lee, Kathleen Henson, Dionne Williams, Laura Schwartz, Dr. Lauren Streicher, Billy Dec, Tim Smithe, Diana Palomar, Margaret O'Connor, Mark Roscoe, Monika and Geoff Dixon, Amy Carr, Shelly Ng, Susan Ellefson, Andrew Hayes, Abigail Simon, Liz Barrett, Hector Nunez, Azeeza Khan, Tara Klecka, Eric Himel, Jaime Laurita, Jared Hatch, Kevin Aeh, Lisa Ripson and Shea Vaughn to name a few.
The Odyssey just underwent a $2 million renovation and the boat looked spectacular! The transformation included state-of-the-art lounge areas with a lighted dance floor, chic deck furniture, beautiful bar areas and so much more!
See fab party pics below and don't miss this award winning show Monday thru Friday from 9 am-10 am (with re-runs nightly and Saturdays at 11 pm) --- soon moving to the 11 am time slot. Many of the WCL'ers were looking forward to the chance to sleep in a little. LOL! Congratulations to ALL!
It was a joy to be aboard for this Windy City Live love-fest! Here's to 5,000 more shows!
(Besides the Odyssey, Entertainment Cruises also operates the Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue and the Seadog. For info on how to book YOUR party click here!)
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