Recap: Seadog fireworks cruise, Chicago

Chicago
picture courtesy of Seadog Cruises
*Disclosure: I received a free fireworks cruise in exchange for writing this post. All opinions expressed, however, are my own.

In my massive BlogHer '13 recap from a few days ago, one of the (unofficial) activities I mentioned doing was the Seadog fireworks cruise, courtesy of Madame Deals and her team. I was super excited to be included in this as Navy Pier always does a great fireworks show - I was in Chicago last year for a wedding and was able to catch it then, as well - and I was curious to see how the view would be different from a boat versus sitting on the pier.

The answer is: fantastic!

Waiting to board the fireworks cruise
After checking in at the Sheraton, Shannon, Melissa and I, along with our new friend Sarah, cabbed it to Navy Pier and found the Seadog Cruises departure area. Amee from Madame Deals along with Gwen, a Madame Deals team member and also a Michigan blogger, were waiting to check bloggers in and let them board the cruise. We were given a swag bag, too, and were told that snacks and drinks would be given out on-board as well.

Once on board, our cheery Seadog host for the night introduced himself, and started giving us some Chicago history. We zoomed (well, slowly zoomed) away from the Pier and I got to chat with some of the other bloggers on the boat, as well. Amee talked a bit about Madame Deals and their "payit4ward" campaign, which I was familiar with since I had been afforded (another) boat ride from Madame last year in NYC.

The fireworks soon started, and everyone was oohing and aahing over them - the view truly was spectacular. I took an Instagram video you can check out, as well as a ton of pictures (see below).

After the fireworks were over, our guide told us more about Chicago's history and buildings, and even though I knew a little bit about the city, the facts I learned were very interesting.

Thanks to Madame Deals and Seadog Cruises for making the first night of my Chicago trip an awesome one!

Navy Pier at night - so pretty! The Ferris Wheel lights up, too.
Our ride for the night
An adjacent Seadog boat
Let the fireworks begin!
One of my favorite shots - you can see the Pier lit up too

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