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 overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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Navy Pier reviews
I have been here numerous times and it is always a great time. There is so much to see and many great places to eat and drink I find myself here for the better part of the day every time. The city... more »
Amazing views! We have been here before and always stop by when we are in town. Excellent place to walk, take in views, take photos. A little disappointed that the stores did not open when google... more »
Navy Pier is a great place to visit while in Chicago. It is more of a tourist stop and not as traversed by locals, but has great food and entertainment options. If you have been here more than a couple years ago, it has significantly changed and improved. It had been 4 years since my last time to Chicago and Navy Pier and the area is much more lively, vibrant, and active. The facilities are modern, sleek, and trendy. I enjoyed the wide variety of food options available. I also enjoyed the ability to shop around and spend some time on the water's edge taking in the skyline and the beautiful weather. When I went, there was a free trolley bus that provided convenient transportation from the Magnificent Mile to Navy Pier. I don't know if this is a year round option, but was extremely convenient while I was in Chicago.
The kids and I enjoyed an entire day and evening here. The parking was accessible and close which was helpful when carrying little ones after the fireworks show. The shops and attractions such as the Ferris wheel are a respite from the bustling city. While the pier is still touristy, it’s spacious so less congested. We loved the ferry ride around the pier!
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