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Navy Pier, Chicago

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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  • During the second day in the city we decide to give the navy pier a try since we also wanted to grab lunch at Bubba Gump too. We did enjoy the Ferris wheel ride especially our toddler son. However pri...  more »
  • Great place to visit! There is so much to do! There’s shopping, food, boat tours, nature, architecture. It’s absolute amazing!! Get a hotel close to the pier. We stayed at the W. It was perfect walkin...  more »
  • A great attraction for couples, families, or friends that is undergoing a ton of work that will only make it even better. It was freezing out, but we were still able to enjoy the sights, views, and sounds within the building and especially outside of the building - including a beautiful sunset from the pier. When trying to warm up, exploring all the unique eateries, shops, and attractions was a treat. Depending on what you're getting into, you could spend a couple of hours here exploring and enjoying what its got to offer. There's even a ferris wheel! Would love to return during the summer when activity is much more abundant and the weather is a bit more pleasant.
  • We really enjoyed go to the navy pier. We went there twice during our eight day stay. The first day was quite chilly so there was very little going on outside but we did enjoy inside. The second day was like a nice early spring day and we Loved it. The flower and garden show was held inside and very nice. We would Love to go back there during the summer.
  • Had a great time at Navy Pier again. It's in such a beautiful area! Of course it's free to walk around, but if you do decide to get food or shop everything is pretty overpriced. The view is beautiful and there's so much to do! I was here for the flower show and it was pretty fun. Coat check was $5. I would recommend Navy Pier to anyone who hasn't been, but it's best to come when it's warmer.
  • Always a fun experience here. Very nice chill environment and a great tourist attraction. Navy Pier has a little bit of everything for everyone. I have gone here to eat, have drinks, take my children to build a bear, party on a boat and also have my oldest ride the merry go round. Although I am to chicken to get on the Ferris wheel, I am absolutely sure it serves a beautiful view of the cities downtown area and the lake as well.
  • A Must See! Great for tourist to explore and walk around. Lots of ships and restaurants. I went in March when it was very cold so it was pretty much empty. But I'm sure it get crowded in the summer. You get a very good view of the city's skyline from here.

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