Seadog Chicago Tour Combines Architecture & Speed!
WHAT TO EXPECT
There’s no other city like it in America. Chicago! Home to some of the tallest buildings in the country. Where old world charm strolls along side of modern day architecture. A powerful river meanders through the heart of downtown. A city planted along one of the largest lakes in America. The perfect place to strap in, and go real real fast. Welcome to Chicago, home to the sea dog extreme.
“That’s our turbo jet powered boat. It’s basically like a 70 foot wave runner on the water” says Tom Serbin of Seadog Venture.
A wild tour that has people lining up daily, in order to see Chicago like never before.
“It’s a roller coaster on water essentially. And what we do you can fit up to a hundred and twenty five people on this boat we fit them. We go about a mile or two out on the lake, see the whole skyline, the birds eye view of the city. And then we do some tricks or turns. It’s an amusement park on lake Michigan.”
With everyone strapped in tightly, there’s a quick safety briefing, and talk of what to expect.
“We do all sorts of spins and tricks. It’s like a roller coaster on the water. You get wet, you get cooled off. You see the city from Chicago’s lake Michigan. It’s an absolute thrill of a ride, it’s awesome.”
A truly thrilling and exhilarating ride. But don’t worry if speed is not your thing.
“We have four sea dog boats that we have here and in our compliment of our fleet.”
Meaning you can board the yellow sea dog instead, head into the river, for a educational tour of Chicago architecture.
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’When we go on the architecture cruise, we go right up the Chicago river. Basically through the downtown center, the heart of Chicago.” says Serbin of Seadog Venture.
Before entering the river, you first must go though a lock. Sort of an elevator for boats.
“So the lock system controls that water flow. And we have to transit through those locks. It’s the busiest lock in the nation.”
Our guide today, a guy named Keegan. A guide that knows a lot about the windy city. We enter the river under lake shore drive.
“I find that people love the architecture tour because they get to see the buildings from the water, from the river, looking up at the skyscrapers, they learn about the history of them" says Keegan.
‘This one over here your starboard side, this very glassy one, this is 300 north Lasalle.”
You will learn so much about Chicago on the Seadog. For example, did you know that the skyscraper was first invented here in 1885. It was 10 stories tall.
Did you know that the great Chicago fire of 1871 was not started by ms. O’leary’s cow? A reporter made up that story. No one is sure how the fire started.
Did you know that the tribune tower of 1922, was built from rocks and bricks taken from world landmarks? Including the Taj Mahal, great wall of china and Lincoln’s tomb.
“They will learn about certain buildings were built. The type of architecture they are, who the builders were, the reasons behind them and the principal of the buildings themselves.”
I love this tour because I’m learning so much today and it’s the perfect ride for children including my son Riley says Kathleen Overchuck of Wildside TV. He loves looking at all the tall and unique buildings.
EXTREME SEA DOG RIDE
“The great thing about is that we not only get an architecture portion, we also throw in a speed boat ride with that.”
Don’t worry, this speed boat ride is smooth with no crazy turns like the sea dog extreme. You can even get great photos of the skyline while cruising.
“Oh what I love about the sea dog is you get a variety of different tours that we get to do. So I get to go on the river, I get to see the city from the river and I still get to go fast and have on the lakefront.”
So weather it’s spinning on the lakefront, or simply cruising the river learning about architecture, the sea dog has something for everyone. All to enjoy in one of america’s greatest cities.
The sea dog fleet runs in Chicago for about 6 months. Until those harsh winter days move into the windy city. It’s a great experience so go check it our for yourself.
Written by Randy Rauch
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