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Navy Pier, Chicago

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Pier / Boardwalk · Theme Park
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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 overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • What a beautiful place to visit and just chill. We had a river cruise booked nearby, so I thought it’d be nice to get familiar with where the dock was located. The first day we visited, we ventured....  more
    What a beautiful place to visit and just chill. We had a river cruise booked nearby, so I thought it’d be nice to get familiar with where the dock was located. The first day we visited, we ventured....  more »
  • It had been over ten years since I last visited the Navy Pier. I was glad to see indoor shops. I had hoped to find more ways to entertain family, instead there was a massive hotel taking up a great....  more
    It had been over ten years since I last visited the Navy Pier. I was glad to see indoor shops. I had hoped to find more ways to entertain family, instead there was a massive hotel taking up a great....  more »
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  • We had a great time at the navy pier! The view was amazing, so peaceful and beautiful especially with the leaves turning. There was a nice breeze coming off the water. What really stood out to me is how much effort they've put into making it a pleasant experience for all (single couples, families, elderly ones, and the disabled). There are a variety of stores and food choices, plenty of sitting areas, stairs and elevators for accessibility, and clean bathrooms! Excellent experience!
  • Great place to bring your family year round! Navy Pier has truly changed since when I was a kid. There are many food shops, restaurants, and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. This venue definitely makes you feel like a tourist in your own home town. Its the only place that I can find dipping dots in the city! It can be a cold breezy walk in the winter, so bundle up and enjoy what Chicago has to offer!

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