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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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  • Views and pictures of the skyline from here are amazing! We did the hop on hop off bus, the Christmas entertainment was lovely here. IMAX was expensive  more »
  • We walked to navy pier,and really enjoyed the views back to the city and out over the lake. There was a large food court and also a children’s museum and very large Ferris Wheel. Lovely end to our.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Enjoyable for a tourist trap. Like other touristy places things can be quite pricey, but in this case not overly so. Interesting attractions, good location, available food isn't half bad either. Staff are pretty friendly for the most part, but it was pretty hit and miss. Some were clearly not enjoying their workday and others were maybe a bit to laid back. That being said it was a pleasant experience, but nothing I'd write home about, as it were.
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