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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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  • Navy Pier is a great tourist location because you can see the city and also the beautiful Lake Michigan ! There’s a FREE but small botanical gardens that just nice to go especially if you need a break...  more »
  • We visited on a windy day! There’s a huge indoor area with loads of small bespoke shops, very tourist heavy. Plus there’s loads of eateries including independents as well as a big MacDonalds. Outside ...  more »
  • The place and OK. Famous, but, within so much grandeur and beautiful places in Chicago, it's worth dedicating yourself to other visits.
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  • Spectacular views. Went on a weekday so it was less crowded. Walked and hiked around the trail. Very peaceful pace. Must go place if visiting Chicago and interested in doing all the touristy stuff.
  • Though I visited this place early in the morning, I still got to appreciate it. Very quiet and good for strolling as well. This is one of the nice place Chicago once again can offer. You may rent a bike to roam around and enjoy the pier. Giant ferris wheel is awesome to have in this place. This is best for children and all folks at all ages.
  • Lots of fun touristy things to do. My favorite by far was the botanical garden. It is full of beautiful interesting plants and is so peaceful and calming. The views are great. There are some fun restaurants and a giant Ferris wheel. We were able to get some good pictures of the city. Worth the trip.
  • My favorite place in Chicago. There's a planetarium that smells clean and refreshing. Margaritaville restaurant stays full of clients. The t-shirt shops are really nice and economical. There are fun filled rides in the summer that make you feel like a child again. Transportation is convenient, you can't get lost.
  • One of my favorite places to hang out in Chicago. Especially beautiful in summer. Ferris wheel is nice and you can enjoy a great view. There’s a small mall with souvenirs from Chicago as well. This place is a must if you visit Chi town.
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