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Navy Pier

Pier and General Entertainment
Streeterville, Chicago
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  • William S.
    William Studart3 weeks ago
    Great place to watch the fireworks (happening every Wednesday by 9:30pm) and walk, enjoying the lake view
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 3, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BurnhamJune 24, 2015
    Awesome Place normally--except they're doing tons of construction. Scenic View, Touristy Stuff, Small Amusement Park.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 〽️ajed B.
    〽️ajed Bin Saud🔱October 25, 2014
    Great view i recommend it if you that person who like siting and enjoy looking to the skyscrapers.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Willie C.
    Willie CorbittMay 2, 2014
    If you have a stroller, please, please, PLEASE, travel in a straight line. Don't hesitate and stop suddenly.. Pack as many children in the stroller as possible. I just want you the hell out of my way
  • AJ
    AJMarch 29, 2014
    Best water fountain in the city is 1st floor at Festival Hall A near the women's restroom. Perfect water height, temp, and pressure.
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterNovember 21, 2013
    The Ferris wheel is open all year, but the other rides close in the winter. However if you buy a 5-ride ticket it is valid for a year.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maggie B.
    Maggie BurgessAugust 16, 2013
    Get the free coupon book if the special for checking in is still available! It has a lot of good deals! I'm excited for the buy one get one speedboat ride!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. ;)
  • Dan M.
    Dan MoyleOctober 6, 2012
    Make time for the Tall Ship Windy. We did the pirate show and it was great. The "pirates" were entertaining and we learned a ton about the Great Lakes piracy history. Definitely a worthy adventure.
    Downvoted Jun 18
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    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!
  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • 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!
  • US Open Tennis Championships
    US Open partner American Express will be hosting US Open viewing parties on finals weekend (9/10/11-9/11/11). Come on by and check out the world's best tennis players on the sport's largest stage! Read more
  • Earth Hour Illinois 2012
    The iconic Navy Pier is 1 of more than 200 buildings & landmarks, 20 downtown hotels & 12 museums and theaters turning out their exterior lights in support of Earth Hour on March 26, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Read more
  • Navy Pier
    Navy PierNovember 30, 2010
    Winter WonderFest returns with more fun than ever before! Experience the enchanted 170,000 sq ft holiday hamlet and bring the family for entertainment, ice skating, rides and so much more. Read more
  • Bear D.
    Bear DohringSeptember 11, 2010
    Avoid if possible, this is the times square of Chicago. Touristy suckfest! However, the shoreline architecture tour can be like your own personal floating bar. Ask for Zach's boat.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Architect Daniel Burnham & associates included plans for five Municipal Piers in their Plan of Chicago. Only one pier was commissioned and built, in Lake Michigan, near the mouth of the Chicago River. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Did you know? Outside of housing recreational facilities the Pier has been the home to, at various points in its history, a university, an emergency hospital, Naval training facilities, and a library. Read more
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Today Navy Pier is a premiere tourist destination, and is home to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Children's Museum, an IMAX Theater, Pier Park, the free Smith Museum of Stained Glass & more. Read more
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