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Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Pier and General Entertainment
Streeterville, Chicago
334 Tips and reviews
  • ferris wheel
  • scenic views
  • skyline
  • tours
  • lakefront
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  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28
    Navy Pier is fun, especially for families. Everyone can fan out to shop in the mall, play minigolf in Pier Park in summer, see a movie at the IMAX Theatre, or explore the Chicago Children's Museum. Read more
  • Alix R.
    Alix RecordSeptember 19
    Not just a big city kiddie heaven. views are the best in Chicago. You can get some very good food here. The boat rides are varied and well worth it. Just strolling outside is frat people watching too!
  • Negin N.
    Negin NGNovember 17, 2014
    Gorgeous lakefront establishments with a marvelous view of Chicago skyline. Restaurants, entertainment centers & the most impressive stained glass collection ever. Had some tasty sword fish for lunch.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is very tourist-y. The 4th of July fireworks is one of very few reasons to visit. Still, it is a wonder to enjoy on less-busy days.
  • Kat C.
    Kat CorlissOctober 12, 2013
    The iconic ferris wheel is amazing for photo ops, it gives great views of the shoreline and downtown. Worth the $6/ticket! Unfortunately, in October, that seems like that's ALL there is to do.
  • AJ
    AJMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best water fountain in the city is 1st floor at Festival Hall A near the women's restroom. Perfect water height, temp, and pressure.
  • Jasmine O.
    Jasmine O'ConnerSeptember 21, 2015
    I hadn't been to Navy Pier in so long. The view (skyline) was so beautiful and there was so much diversity. It's a must go again. However, parking was a little steep ($25) lol.
  • Doris B.
    Doris BranscombeMay 2, 2013
    Great place to see the city, water, and do fun activities. We enjoyed the Sea Dog Architectural tour - Grant was great, Don't miss it! We ate, drank and enjoyed the scenery!
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanJune 19, 2015
    touristy, of course. but having been born in chicago, i still have fond memories of coming here as a kid. try to take a stroll through when i do make it back. grab yourself a beer and take in the view
  • Niqui R.
    Niqui Rodger (ruiz)January 20, 2013
    Grab a bag of Chicago style popcorn or some cinnamon nuts and head down to the Stained Glass Window Museum. It's pretty cool, but a decently long walk, so the snack is nice to have with. ;)
  • Rick M.
    Rick M JonesJune 4, 2015
    This is the right place for fun and entertainment with family.Enjoy the rides and views, Food, shopping, sightseeing cruise, games, music, fireworks, it has it all!
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissFebruary 26
    Great venue for a grand scale event or gala. Beware there are lots of going up and down stairs to get to main event space
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    Located right on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier not only provides visitors with stunning lakefront and skyline views, but it also has a number of free activities offered year-round.
  • Cincy J.
    Cincy JenJuly 15, 2013
    Take the $17 nite boat tour, 30 minutes on the lake with magnificent views of the skyline and ferris wheel. Great pictures, what a great deal for the price! Bring a jacket
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    I particularly like taking a stroll around the Grand Ballroom at the end of the pier and gazing out at Lake Michigan stretching out on the horizon, or catching the evening fireworks. Read more
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There is almost always a special event going on at Navy Pier and a lot of them are free! Check out their website to see whats going on. Worst case the pier itself is always a fun time!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WilcoxNovember 16, 2015
    Beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Fun shops to check out. A bit touristy, but worth a trip if you're visiting Chicago.
  • Toria L.
    Toria LAugust 25, 2014
    Great location for kids! Come earlier in the day when it's less crowded. Lots of boats offering tours nearby. Beer gets progressively more expensive the farther east you go...
  • Todd N.
    Todd NevinsOctober 6, 2011
    > Chicago's Navy Pier on Lake Michigan is a fun place with great restaurants , a nice indoor garden , some cool shops and fantastic views :) You can also take a Boat Taxi to the Shedd Aquarium !
  • William S.
    Great place to watch the fireworks (happening every Wednesday by 9:30pm) and walk, enjoying the lake view
    HISTORYJune 13, 2012
    Attracting 8.6 million visitors annually, Navy Pier is Chicago's lakefront playground. It was designed for shipping and recreation and has evolved into a major Midwest leisure destination.
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  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    Shops. Pier, skyline, lake and harbor views. Carnival rides. Lot's of dining options. Cruise opportunities and more right on the lakefront. Could not take enough great photos here. :)
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PollockJuly 7, 2013
    The Ferris wheel is defiantly worth the $6 and the wait. It's an amazing view of the city. You'll be able to get great photos of the skyline.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BurnhamJune 24, 2015
    Awesome Place normally--except they're doing tons of construction. Scenic View, Touristy Stuff, Small Amusement Park.
  • Brady D.
    Brady D.September 21, 2013
    Pier closes at 10 pm on Fri and Sat nights. But Bubba Gumps stays open till 11 inside. Great service even when you walk in at 10:45 and stay till 11:30.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 19, 2014
    Must see. Something to do for people of all ages and families. Food, shopping, sightseeing cruise, games, music, fireworks, it has it all!
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    So fun to walk around! A must do in Chicago by far. Ride the Ferris Wheel for a unique view of Chicago. Fireworks are great as well!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittSeptember 5, 2014
    The shops and shows can get pricey, but arguably the best part of Navy Pier is just walking around the pier. Day or night, just check it out.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkApril 16, 2013
    Historic Navy Pier is Chicago's lakefront playground. Be sure to ride the 15-story ferris wheel while you're there and get a great view of the gardens, shops, attractions and the city's skyline.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 26
    Kick back and relax with some frozen treats like Bacardi piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris and Sauza Giro mango margarita. Read more
  • Jon S.
    Jon SuminskiJune 30, 2015
    Definitely ride the Ferris Wheel at least once. Also Garrett's Popcorn if you haven't gotten any yet. Chicago souvenir's everywhere to take home.
  • 〽️ajed 🐪
    〽️ajed 🐪October 25, 2014
    Great view i recommend it if you that person who like siting and enjoy looking to the skyscrapers.
  • Mariana P.
    The Ferris wheel is the coolest thing. Amazing view from it. The inside are only souvenir shops and places to eat.
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 26, 2015
    It's full of chain restaurants and things for kids. But if you go untill the end, you can see the light(house).
  • Estepha F.
    Fun fun fun! Renovation is looking great with lots of indoor spots to avoid the cold. Try the Ferris wheel and bring lots of cash
  • Sam W.
    Sam WakimMarch 8, 2015
    Fun place to cool off in the summertime. The Beer Festival is always a good time, too. Otherwise, expect your typical tourist trap.
  • K
    KSeptember 14
    Beautiful spot on a shiny day. Full fun for family members, and drinks to go!
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JusticeNovember 10, 2011
    Sometimes you have to try multiple doors, but occasionally you can get through the maze of locked doors to access the roof and other unaccessable (unless you're having an event there) places.
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    Wandering around is free! The rides cost around $6 each. You can also find the Shakespeare Theater, the Children's Museum, and boat rides on the Pier.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Bike around the lake front on your way to Navy Pier taking in the sound of the waves cascading against the shore. Navy Pier will provide you with hours of delight Read more
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WarnerJuly 14, 2014
    Awesome experience, not much really to do walked the whole pier had a couple of beer at the beer garden, line way to long for the Farris wheel, no fireworks due to rain
  • m
    mJanuary 18, 2012
    Be sure to ride the 15-story tall McDonald's Ferris Wheel! You can get quite the good view of the gardens, shops, and attractions at the very top!
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    This is a must see! Great food, Giant Ferris Wheel, Carosel, etc. & Fireworks at the end! Check out Chicago Shakespeare Theater simply awesome! The Theater itself is magnificent!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KnightDecember 7, 2014
    Must ride the Farris wheel!!! It was very cold when we did so, but staff was friendly, and view is amazing!
  • Marjorie T.
    The Ferris Wheel at night is Amazing! The swing ride is not just for kids - it was a lot of fun!
  • Sheree L.
    Sheree LeGroOctober 15, 2015
    Halloween decorations were great quaint little shops food court was great sit down restaurants a lot of river rides
  • James C.
    James CAugust 22, 2014
    Chicago icon and a must see. Take the water taxi from the city or aquarium it's totally worth it.
  • vanessa b.
    gorgeous lakefront view and rides to go on like the big Ferris wheel and swings and enjoy some yummy funnel cakes or churros!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FittSeptember 14, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    They have self servicing lockers where you can lock your stuff and you pay for them with Plastic 
  • Brett W.
    Brett W.October 10, 2013
    Built in 1916, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a top tourist attraction. It was the focus of ULI Advisory Services panels in 1989 and 2010.
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