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Navy Pier, Chicago

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A cool place to spend a hot day on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier extends for over 1,000 m (3,300 ft) along the lakefront. Designed by city planner Daniel Burnham and built in 1916, the pier first served as a cargo facility for lake freighters, with a network of warehouses stretching along the shoreline. In the pre-air conditioning years, the pier also served Chicagoans as one of the coolest places in the city, quickly becoming a popular venue for public gatherings and entertainment. Now the city's top tourist attraction, the pier features a children's museum, fountains, fast-food eateries, souvenir vendors, and a Ferris wheel. The older crowd can enjoy lakefront views, boat cruises, and a range of live shows. Planning Chicago trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • A lovely way to get close to the water while having a great view of the city skyline. We walked around the perimeter of the pier enjoying all the sights available. I was surprised that, from the... 
    A lovely way to get close to the water while having a great view of the city skyline. We walked around the perimeter of the pier enjoying all the sights available. I was surprised that, from the...  more »
  • Nice place to go shopping if looking for "Chicago " items. Nice variety of food places. Great location set out next to river and have lunch. Prices are average. I would visit there again. 
    Nice place to go shopping if looking for "Chicago " items. Nice variety of food places. Great location set out next to river and have lunch. Prices are average. I would visit there again.  more »
  • hors d'oeuvres we're trash, charged us $320 for some sams club cookies, and the floor was dirty. You had pay additional money to hang Coates on top of the $320 payment. The picture listed below is... 
    hors d'oeuvres we're trash, charged us $320 for some sams club cookies, and the floor was dirty. You had pay additional money to hang Coates on top of the $320 payment. The picture listed below is...  more »
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  • Ferris wheel was very fun. There were other carnival ride options as well. Great food options too!. Great options for boat tours. We had kids and did a quick 40 min boat tour. Overall, navy pier seems to amaze me everything I go. Been going since I was a kid and was able to share this with my kids for the first time.
  • Gorgeous place! We didn't realize how big it is, and how many shops there are! We came for the "Light up the Lake Event". It was awesome! Indoor so no worries about weather. The pier is free, but would definitely buy tickets in advance for the lights. We rode the ferris wheel and it was so much fun! The view is gorgeous!
  • Beautiful in the day time and even more beautiful at night. We visited on the weekend and it’s a place for everyone to walk, hangout, eat, relax, ride the Ferris wheel and lots to do. It gets packed and busy but fun for sure. I recommend this place.. one of the must visit in Chicago places. Fire work show was awesome as well it was not a disappointment. Was worth staying there till 10pm.
  • Our experience was very nice despite the hot weather. The staff was friendly and very informative. The Chicago Architect boat ride was fun. 1 The narrator was very informative and very friendly. I will not recommend taking this ride during 12 to 4 PM if the sun is out brightly. You will be sitting directly in the sun. There is some shade on the boat but you have to get there early.
  • A must place to visit…. Free sightseeing place to roam around and explore… Hours are different in google… They are open till 10PM ( We were told by an employee working there) We had city pass to redeem at Centennial wheel. Which saved us sometime… Centennial wheel was amazing… very nice for people to look around the surroundings and beautiful Lake Michigan Navy pier is a huge area.. more than 5 mile if we just walk around… Lot of food options, restrooms available, scenic views, a place to view fireworks for free when scheduled, Gift shops available, different rides for adults and kids are available…. and many more things to do… Ship docker/anchors with lot of party boats are seen…

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