Disclosure: I was provided a ticket for a Seadog Lakefront Fireworks Cruise by Seadog Cruises via Madame Deals. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of the few regrets I have about attending BlogHer13 was that I didn’t get to see more of Chicago itself.
The parts I did see made me understand why so many people put up with the grueling winters. As I don’t do snow, it’s hard for me to understand people who do. However, Chicago made me almost consider being willing to wear boots for function over fashion in the winter. The city in the summer is just plain gorgeous.
This makes me sound provincial, but I’d never seen a Great Lake before. (A trip to the midwest or northeastern border states has never been a priority for me.) When people would tell me they are so large you can’t see to the other side and that they refer to it as the beach, I’d scoff. I live in an area where the lakes are primarily a dammed up river dug out into large ponds that cool our local nuclear power plants, making them not particularly wide and in my opinion, underused commercially. We also live within a two and a half hour drive to the coast, so a lake as a beach does not make sense to me.
When we were landing in Chicago and saw Lake Michigan, I marveled at the blue water and white sand beach in the middle of the city. It is gorgeous, and why did no one tell me the fresh water Caribbean with no sharks or jelly fish is in middle America?
Navy Pier, which is admittedly the best type of touristy fun, twinkles as the sun goes down. There you can catch a Seadog fireworks boat tour, which was truly a highlight of the trip. As we rode away from Navy Pier, the most giant harvest moon I’ve ever seen tickled the horizon to the left and the city’s lights warmly punctuated the view to the right. I was stunned by the beauty and the surreal specialty of the experience.
As the boat circled around for us to view the fireworks, I did my best to ignore the cold wind rushing over the water and onto my bare arms. I watched the fireworks, which happen regularly throughout the summer, light up the water, the buildings, and our faces every few seconds. It’s hard for me to slow down, look around, and just be much of the time. Putting down my phone, shutting my mouth, and seeing the night and the city like that felt like a gift.