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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 overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Place was huge. Has dinning room and kids atracction such like Winter wonderland. There are spots where can wait taxi,uber or lyft. Inclusive there are buses waiting. El lugar es enorme. Tiene una caf...  more »
  • I loved walking the boardwalk. It lives up to the hype. There several entertainment options and it won't take up your entire day. Definitely a must see when in Chicago.  more »
  • The Navy Pier is a meeting place for tourists and residents of the city. Restaurants, fun, beautiful landscapes and attractions such as boat trips. On our visit the weather didn't help much (it was cold and windy) and yet we went back a second time. I believe that in the summer the location should be great with outdoor activities, music, nightclubs, etc. It's always one of the locations indicated for those visiting the city. In addition the location close to the Centre also helps to explore the area on the way to the pier
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  • A cool place to visit with an amazing view of the Chicago skyline either on a warm or cold day. A good place for a photo op. Variety of shops and food available for everyone inside. During the holidays they have a winter fest held there that kids will definitely love. As of 2017, the pier went under some changes and renovation.
  • This review written on December 4, 2017. A good part of the pier's indoor area is closed for remodeling. A selected number of attractions are open. So, check before you go for your favorite attraction or eating place. Most restaurants are open but a few are closed because of construction, as well. Winter Wonderland is open in the exhibits area and is worth a visit. Depending on weather conditions, the large ferris wheel and some of the boating attractions may be closed.
  • Wow - what colors during sunrise. If you are a morning person and into photography, this is a location not to be missed. The sunrise colors are phenomenal - bright red, gold, yellow - you name it - it's a photographers paradise. There is hardly anyone at 6 am in the morning and you can get your photos without worrying about people getting on your photos. One of the best locations for long exposure photos of the Chicago landscape besides Adler Planetarium and The Cloud Gate.
  • Fantastic views of Lake Michigan & Chicago city scape. Kid friendly with lots of fun things to do for the whole family from the Children's Museum, Shakespeare Theater, ice skating rink and ferris wheel. Excellent selection of restaurants to choose from fast food to five star. Take a three hour cruise along Lake Michigan or shorter cruise down the Chicago River.
  • The Pier is currently under renovations, and the portions that have been completed are beautiful and are a welcome refresh to one of Chicago's most popular destinations. We parked at the entrance 1 valet (and after at DMK for validation) - great experience! We stayed warm, it was super convenient and a reasonable price. The Children's Museum was fun for my 4yo.

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