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.
Navy Pier reviews
I'm so glad we came. The funhouse and the games were super fun. The Ferris Wheel was dumb, though. Save your money there.
I'm so glad we came. The funhouse and the games were super fun. The Ferris Wheel was dumb, though. Save your money there. more »
Fun in the summer, they have a weekly fireworks show. Great place to spend a few hours roaming round, lots of shops.
Fun in the summer, they have a weekly fireworks show. Great place to spend a few hours roaming round, lots of shops. more »
Ferris wheel was very fun. There were other carnival ride options as well. Great food options too!. Great options for boat tours. We had kids and did a quick 40 min boat tour. Overall, navy pier seems to amaze me everything I go. Been going since I was a kid and was able to share this with my kids for the first time.
Gorgeous place! We didn't realize how big it is, and how many shops there are! We came for the "Light up the Lake Event". It was awesome! Indoor so no worries about weather. The pier is free, but would definitely buy tickets in advance for the lights. We rode the ferris wheel and it was so much fun! The view is gorgeous!
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