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Navy Pier, Chicago

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 8,000+ 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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  • I've been back here a few times hoping to find something new but not impressed. Too touristy and shopping is mostly souvenir and kitschy stuff. 
  • Weather was perfect for a walk along the pier. I think you need a good day clear day to make the most of the amazing views. Take a scarf, very windy at the end of the Pier. There's a small funfair and...  read more »
  • Stopped by for lunch and a great piece of pizza. I ordered the lunch pizza for one. I would go back again. Our waiter was help full and service was fast. 
  • 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!
  • Navy Pier is a great place to take your out of town friends. It's really fun, beautiful views of the city, and great food. The only downside I have come across was going in the summer apparently the indoor portion does not have air conditioning which is not comfortable for the people walking around, much less the staff in the restaurants and shops. If that were to be fixed this place would be even better!
  • We decided to ride a river taxi and a small walk to this area after traveling to dowtown central loop Chicago. It was an enjoyable view to gather freash air with great food and things to do at the Navy Piers. There is a small beach area close by within walking distance. I hope Chicago adds more rides and entertainment. We asked our friends to meet us at the ferris wheel which was easily viewable, as they were doing business elsewhere and our scheduals clashed. So its also a great place to round everyone together without any worries of getting lost or losing your group.
  • Absolutely wonderful place to spend a day! We went in the evening and were able to enjoy the centennial wheel during sundown. The Margaritas were delicious and the pizza amazing. Taking the water taxi from Shedd Aquarium was a blast!
  • Very clean, but definitely a tourist trap! This place has LOTS to offer, however. The ferris wheel is $15 to ride, so we didn't ride it, but it looked nice! There were lots of places to get a drink to-go and walk around the pier. Several food and novelty shops as well.
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