Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago

Pier / Boardwalk · Theme Park
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Navy Pier
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Navy Pier reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
14,907 reviews
  • Navy Pier is a quintessential tourist destination in Chicago. My kids loved the rides, which were admittedly over-priced but the view from the top of the ferris wheel was amazing. There was plenty.....  more »
  • Great place to just hang out for a couple of hours. Lots of places to sit or have something to eat or drink. We ended up going on a boat tour there and had a hot dog at the Billy Goat Tavern. It was.....  more »
  • Don’t fall into the trap of buying a ticket from a tour company. Easily accessible by Uber, city transportation or walking from a downtown hotel. Good place to spend quality time with your family...  more »
  • Navy Pier is a great place to visit while in Chicago. It is more of a tourist stop and not as traversed by locals, but has great food and entertainment options. If you have been here more than a couple years ago, it has significantly changed and improved. It had been 4 years since my last time to Chicago and Navy Pier and the area is much more lively, vibrant, and active. The facilities are modern, sleek, and trendy. I enjoyed the wide variety of food options available. I also enjoyed the ability to shop around and spend some time on the water's edge taking in the skyline and the beautiful weather. When I went, there was a free trolley bus that provided convenient transportation from the Magnificent Mile to Navy Pier. I don't know if this is a year round option, but was extremely convenient while I was in Chicago.
  • The kids and I enjoyed an entire day and evening here. The parking was accessible and close which was helpful when carrying little ones after the fireworks show. The shops and attractions such as the Ferris wheel are a respite from the bustling city. While the pier is still touristy, it’s spacious so less congested. We loved the ferry ride around the pier!
  • Navy Pier is always a great and fun experience for visiting tourists in Chicago. Their food choices are excellent, and the events and activities they have their will keep you entertained for hours. It's amazing that during the summer they have fireworks on every Wednesday and Saturday night. The staff there is always very polite and friendly to the needs of the visitor's. I highly recommend you pay Navy Pier a visit as it is truly one of the greatest and Historical monuments in Chicago. And while you're there take a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel and see Chicago as you've never seen before. Great for Photographers from all over the world.
  • It is February and this place is a welcome relief and attraction. Walk in to see and hang out in the palm grove, grab a coffee, or have the kids entertained at the museum - which we did not manage as it closes by five and they charge too much to walk in for an hour casually. I will consider the city pass next time for this reason! The ferris wheel in the back is great! It is heated, and we enjoyed gorgeous views. We had food from the BBQ/pub and, given the touristy location, it was good! Altogether recommendable.
  • Really enjoyed the time I spend at Navy Pier. Took a leisurely stroll with my dad to the Pier after having breakfast in a restaurant near by. Lots of things to do and of course amazing views so got to take some nice pictures while on holiday from the UK. Would love to go back as didn't manage to go on one of the boats or go to the theatre, did grab some food and a beer while there though. Highly recommend, especially for tourists like myself.

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.