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Navy Pier

Pier and General Entertainment
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  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Alix R.
    Alix RecordSeptember 19, 2016
    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!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ 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.
    Upvoted Jul 15
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. ;)
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca G.February 28
    This is place where anyone can come and be near the shore. We can laugh, eat, dance, and interactive with family and friends. As well as hop on a boat and see fireworks during the summer.
  • 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
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerNovember 2, 2016
    Great atmosphere! Lots of different places to eat and shop at plus some amazing views of the city. We did the river tour and lake tour and both were awesome!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. :)
  • 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...
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissFebruary 26, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • William S.
    William StudartJune 30, 2016
    Great place to watch the fireworks (happening every Wednesday by 9:30pm) and walk, enjoying the lake view
  • Alex B.
    Alex BurnhamJune 24, 2015
    Awesome Place normally--except they're doing tons of construction. Scenic View, Touristy Stuff, Small Amusement Park.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Hudson Sutler
    Take a boat tour of Lake Michigan. See a play at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Take a ride on the Centennial Wheel. Navy Pier is the perfect place to kill a few hours between meetings and obligations. Read more
  • 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!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 26, 2016
    Kick back and relax with some frozen treats like Bacardi piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris and Sauza Giro mango margarita. Read more
  • Tana B.
    The seadog architecture tour is a great option for Chicago boat tours! Easy parking at a flat rate on the pier too!
  • 〽️ajed 🐪
    〽️ajed 🐪October 25, 2014
    Great view i recommend it if you that person who like siting and enjoy looking to the skyscrapers.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Navy Pier
    Navy PierNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    The Ferris wheel is the coolest thing. Amazing view from it. The inside are only souvenir shops and places to eat.
  • 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
  • K
    KSeptember 14, 2016
    Beautiful spot on a shiny day. Full fun for family members, and drinks to go!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    Take a warm jacket on the ferris wheel. The air is atleast 20 degrees cooler up there, and much windier!
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FribergJanuary 15, 2012
    The Navy Pier is great. Gotta get some deep dish pizza or french fries rapped up in a hot dog. Make sure you don't ask for catsup!
  • 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
  • Marjorie T.
    Marjorie TaylorJuly 23, 2016
    The Ferris Wheel at night is Amazing! The swing ride is not just for kids - it was a lot of fun!
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    So fresh and so clean, clean: Chicago's central water filtration plant, located on the lakefront north of Navy Pier, is the largest in the world.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsFebruary 24, 2012
    Cruise Lake Michigan, view the cityscape from a 15-story Ferris wheel, and witness the incredible acrobats of Cirque Shanghai – all at Navy Pier.
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Amber
    AmberSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to walk through the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, only museum dedicated to the subject and right here in Chicago.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    Must see tourist spot. Great shot of the skyline. Ride the new skywheel!
  • 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!
  • Daniela D.
    Daniela DBOctober 13, 2014
    A must do, no mather your age do the ferris wheel and the flying chairs. Visit the beer garden too
  • Magda B.
    Magda BorgesJune 9, 2015
    A lovely place to enjoy summer days. Good places to eat and great view
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Definitely a tourist trap, but the view of Lake Michigan and view of the city is worth making a stop over.
  • vanessa b.
    vanessa buenrostroMarch 23, 2016
    gorgeous lakefront view and rides to go on like the big Ferris wheel and swings and enjoy some yummy funnel cakes or churros!
  • Vasek S.
    Vasek S.June 25, 2016
    Great place to take a rest, have fun, take good food and enjoy nice view to the lake
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick Finley (@pjfinley)January 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great area for entertainment and food. Also, do the riverboat tour of the city.
  • Mindy
    MindyJuly 25, 2014
    Get there early. Not fun to pay $30 for alternate public parking. Stained glass "museum" is stunning!
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 6, 2014
    If you're in Chicago, you must stop by Navy Pier. A great place to enjoy your time.
  • Tino S.
    Tino S-KoneJune 3, 2012
    A MUST FOR EVERYONE VISITING CHICAGO! Especially in the evenings and on the weekends. Great View, great parties!
  • 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
  • Sajith K.
    Sajith KaimalJuly 4, 2014
    Ferris wheel ride is breathtaking. 7 bucks gets you one super slow 360.
  • Daisy Z.
    Daisy ZookJanuary 7, 2016
    Went there for New Year's fireworks display. Place was packed but totally worth it.Almost every store was opened for business at Midnight
  • Reggie M.
    Awesome place!! So much fun, and so much to eat!
  • Krystle G.
    Krystle GurleyJuly 15, 2014
    The #NavyPier was awesome! I love the outdoor experience and the whole environment.
  • Adriana S.
    Adriana SanrománOctober 17, 2015
    Perfect for a walk watching the sunset and some of the Chicago skyline
  • Gnr
    GnrOctober 10, 2015
    Loved the place, very crowded..you should see though,especially at night❤️
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 9, 2014
    Always crowded with tourists so don't go if you're a local. Lots of shops. Cool options for tours and dinner cruises
  • Doug C.
    Doug CouchSeptember 9, 2015
    The current Ferris wheel will be dismantled in the fall of 2015 to make way for a new Eye of London style Ferris wheel in spring 2016.
  • David L.
    David LeszcynskiOctober 20, 2015
    The view is gorgeous. Definitely one of the top places to see in Chicago.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FittFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    New Ferris wheel to open Memorial Day Weekend 2016 will have Heat/A/c & TV's inside each car
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 12, 2014
    Amazing place from outside and good from inside
  • Andres V.
    Andres VargasJanuary 11, 2015
    The east side rooms are super noisy due the subway passing near by. The place is very cool though.
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
    Radisson Blu Aqua HotelOctober 30, 2011
    Chicago's lakefront playground. And it's the Midwest's #1 tourist and leisure destination, attracting more than 8 million visitors per year.
  • TruthorDare.us
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to ride the Musical Carousel at Pier Park and while doing so act like your getting ready to throw a lasso and keep saying "Giddy up" over and over.
  • Citizinvestor
    CitizinvestorAugust 12, 2013
    Honor our Navy veterans by donating $5 to help build the "Spirit of the American Navy" sculpture not far from here: http://bit.ly/NavySculpture
  • Shadia M.
    Shadia MassoudOctober 24, 2013
    Awesome place for families, couples, and friends.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FittApril 24, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Navy Pier would benefit if there were solar energy battery charging stations placed along the walkway on the pier #smartphones #laptops
  • Caddebostan English Academy C.
    You can find many good restaurants over here. The wheel is very expensive though.
  • GoMoji
    GoMojiApril 7, 2011
    Be sure to stop by our booth tomorrow at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Expo to check out our newest product, the Moji one, and check-in to get a free Moji t-shirt!
  • Snappette D.
    Snappette D.December 30, 2014
    Navy Pier just has an awesome feel in general. Can't wait to see the new Construction when it's done.
  • Brent B.
    Brent ByingtonJune 10, 2012
    Face toward the beer garden to view fireworks. If you're looking at the skyline and ferris wheel, you're looking the wrong way
  • Jana A. Kri
    Jana A. KriJuly 2, 2016
    So much fun here! Check out gorgeous botanical pavilion - it's free!
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 24, 2015
    BUSY!!!!! Walk to the end and on the other side for a peaceful spot to watch the lakes and skyline.
  • Zuby H.
    Zuby HMay 19, 2013
    When you check in to receive the coupon book, there's a great coupon for $5 off the 5-ride ticket!
  • Myrna F.
    Myrna FawazAugust 8, 2016
    It's been 3 yrs since my last visit... It has a new midern look!! I have mixed emotions about that
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SudingJuly 21, 2012
    Go near sunset. It looks beautiful and so does the city skyline as it gets darker.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 22, 2015
    No bikes on pier - walking only- rides are pricey per ticket
  • Rosi R.
    Rosi RoaniJanuary 2
    O Navy Pier é um dos meus lugares preferidos de Chicago, vale a pena esperar o por do sol é maravilhoso! 💜 e a noite tem uma vista incrível da cidade (+ roda gigante + carrossel + restaurantes)
  • Carl T.
    Carl TanzlerSeptember 11, 2016
    EL show del aire que se realiza en agosto vale la pena, también los paseos para conocer la arquitectura de Chicago, salen de la entrada al pier, por lo menos los de una de las agencias.
  • Fatima Al Slail
    Fatima Al SlailApril 5, 2015
    مكان رائع و جميل ولازم تروح له وانت بشيكاغو .. والمنظر بالشتاء لا يعوض.. بالصيف حياة وناس وزحمة وألعاب و محلات تسوق الهدايا ومطاعم وكافيهات .. بالشتاء طابع احلا.. 👍
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Un lugar muy bonito vale la pena pasear ahí comprar algunos recuerdos y subir a la rueda rueda ara tener una vista espectacular de la ciudad de Chicago recomendable hacerlo por la noche
  • Savas H.
    Savas HalvaşiNovember 25, 2014
    tekne turlarının başladığı önemli bir eğlence merkezi.yeme- içme alanları bol ve koca bir dönme dolap ile farklı bir manzara seyretme imkanı yaratılmış.vakit geçirmek için iyi bir yer
  • La Guía Raspberry
    La Guía RaspberryMarch 10, 2013
    Toma un barco para dar una vuelta por Chicago, disfruta de sus la feria que está en la parte de arriba o de los restaurantes que hay. Los souvenirs están muy feos, mejor búscalos en otro lugar.
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuerreroOctober 16, 2015
    Bonito lugar para pasear y tener un rato agradable con tu familia! Si eres runner ven a correr por acá en la mañana!! Muy disfrutable!
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