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Navy Pier, Chicago
(3.6/5 based on 8,500+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Navy Pier on your trip to Chicago, use our Chicago vacation planner.
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  • It was Veterans Day, windy and cold the day we were there so we stayed inside the whole time. We didn't see much other than the shops and when we did go outside, there wasn't much to see. There were a...  more »
  • Enjoyed my evening at navy pier at my favorite city in the world. Lovely walk across the pier plus gets you a ferry ride option. Also experience the wheel ride with my friend and it was pleasant feeli...  more »
  • Having gone in November when everything is starting to or is closed for the season, I don't think I got the full experience of Navy Pier. It was very pretty and seemed like it would be a great spot fo...  more »
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  • Love Navy Pier! The people who work there are very friendly and there's plenty of parking. I love the Ferris Wheel, the scenery, the stores, everything about it. A great place for photo opps, too
  • I really enjoyed visiting Navy Pier. My favorite part was the Stained Glass Museum! It is hard to put into words how amazing it was to see so many different and beautiful reclaimed stained glass pieces of art! The Navy Pier itself was really nice. There were a lot of nice little shops (tons of Chicago shops to find things to take home).The staff was very helpful and friendly! I loved the small garden that was upstairs! We ate at an Italian restaurant that was really good! There are so very beautiful views of the water, a lighthouse across the way as well as the Chicago buildings!
  • Food there is awesome. The DMK restaurant is incredible I recommend it 💯. The firework show on New Year's is so loud and wonderful. I would say bring a blanked when you are waiting outside cause it cold. If your under 18 you have to be accompanied by an adult. I do miss the old Ferris wheel but over all 10/10
  • Was able to visit during Halloween. All the shops participated in a trick-or-treating for kids that were all dressed up. The atmosphere was very family friendly and everything was very clean. Loved the experience.
  • I really love Navy Pier. It's a fun place to be. You can ride Ferris wheels and many more. It has very, very good food , but its also expensive. Its a fun place to go to with you're family when you are bored or want to have a looooooooooot of fun. So I recommend going there. Also it's a fun place to go on a every day basis. That's why I give it 5 stars, and also recommend it. Also Raphael Guerrero, Ruben Chavez and Katie Galvin I used you all for my report on Navy Pier because you all had very good reports on Navy Pier we can we try to get in contact some way to discuss it and send you all the report. Thank You Navy Pier for allowing me to have a great time.