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Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 10 am - 8 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am - 10 pm

When to Go:
Fun All Year Round but Christmas lights at the Navy Pier il make it particularly spectacular

Seasonal Information:
Open All Year

Navy Pier Chicago

Quick Facts

  • The Navy Pier is Chicago's number one attraction
  • The Navy Pier Chicago showcases an abundance of shops, restaurants and attractions
  • During the summer the Navy Pier hosts street performers including jugglers and singers

Address:
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
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Overall:
3.6
Location:
4.35
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3.35

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Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


DerrickAndersen

Joined: May 2012

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Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
2
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 4/12

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The tour was:

The Great Navy Pier

This was a great place to have a relaxing day outside, whoever I though the place was a little to growded for me, I noticed its hardfor people in wheelchairs to get around and such. I really enjoyed the architect boar ride we went on. Thats the only reason id go back!

Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
3
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

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Navy Pier - Good for kids, but not the "real" Chicago by any means

I'll admit - I felt a little "too cool for school" when I visited the Navy Pier in Chicago. The Pier is set up like a mini-amusement park, and is definitely geared towards tourists with little ones to entertain. Not really my scene, but there definitely were some pros to the Pier - just know that it's a little bit off the beaten path and probably not a must-see attraction if you're on a budget.

Navy Pier is the tourism Mecca of Chicago and is a great place to visit if you’re traveling with kids. Highlights of the Pier include the Children’s Museum and the IMAX Theatre, though the most recognizable attraction at the Pier is the giant Ferris Wheel. (It really is HUGE.)

There’s also a big food court indoors with fast food options and a Margaritaville restaurant and bar, as well as a couple other generic restaurants whose names escape me. The modern-looking Shakespeare Theatre is located on the end of the Pier, which is cool but somewhat out of place.

Navy Pier is convenient because you can find a number of boat tour companies that take you out on either Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, and the Hop On Hop Off Trolley also makes a stop there. (I impulsively bought a ticket on the Shoreline Architecture Tour and I would highly recommend it.)

Though I visited in the Fall, the Summer definitely seems the right time to visit the Pier given their weekly fireworks shows and beautiful Lake Michigan views. Also, weekends can get very crowded so if you can, try to visit the Pier on a sunny weekday afternoon.

While it’s not the “real” Chicago experience, it’s certainly worth a visit with the little ones.

Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Navy Pier Chicago - A Very Crowded Tourist Spot

It’s the number one most visited attraction in Illinois... but definitely not my favorite attraction in Illinois. Navy Pier is fun to walk down. I think it’s about a mile long. There are some cool restaurants, museums and rides on the pier, but for the most part it’s more of something to do with your kids. It’s very crowded on the Pier. Lots of tourists and children.

If you walk all the way to the end, you’ll get a great view of the Chicago skyline. There’s a really cool lighthouse by the end of the pier as well. When I was on the pier, Oktoberfest was going on which was a lot of fun! There was a tent set up with a live band playing German folk music, dancing, lots of beer and food. It was by far my favorite part of Navy Pier! Too bad that’s not there all year round.

Navy Pier is also a good place to catch a boat tour too, which is a must if you’re visiting Chicago. There’s also a great water taxi that will take you from Navy Pier to Museum Campus, which I highly recommend. It gets you out on Lake Michigan and gives you an awesome view of the city.

I think Navy Pier is great and all, but it’s more of a one time thing. Been there, done that. If you’ve never been before, definitely go to check it out, but it’s not really worth going back twice for.

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Summary

Features: Located on Lake Michigan, just East of Chicago’s Downtown, the Navy Pier in Chicago has been a Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916. Originally designed as both a shipping and recreational facility, the Pier also served as a military training site during two world wars, a venue for concerts and exhibitions, and the temporary home for a once-fledgling University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. Today, Navy Pier showcases a unique collection of restaurants and shops in addition to unequaled recreational and exhibition facilities.

The Family Pavilion is anchored by the 50,000-square-foot Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier’s 440-seat IMAX Theater. It is also home to 40,000 square feet of exciting restaurants and retail shops. Just beyond, visitors discover the Crystal Gardens, a 32,000-square-foot indoor botanical park, which provides a year-round center for family activity and special receptions. The South Arcade is home to numerous shops, restaurants, and attractions, including Transporter FX, Amazing Chicago, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Navy Pier Park is an outdoor landscaped area which features attractions such as a permanent 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Navy Pier Park also includes the 1,500-seat Skyline Stage, which features musical performances ranging from classical to pop, blues and jazz to eclectic, rock and reggae, as well as dance, theater, comedy and film. Dock Street runs the length of the Pier’s South Dock and is reserved for pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers. In season, four performance areas feature entertainment ranging from jugglers, mimes and stilt walkers to comedians, singers and musicians. Chicago’s dinner cruise ships continue to operate from Dock Street. And, on select summer evenings, fireworks entertain the Pier’s evening visitors.

Festival Hall serves exposition and special event needs, with more than 170,000 square feet of exhibit space, and also houses the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-ft.-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. The East End of Navy Pier offers the city’s best view of the spectacular skyline and lakefront, and the the Navy Pier in Chicago is the perfect place for lunch or a sunset stroll.

Why We Go: The Navy Pier Chicago is such a tourist hot spot due to its plethora of entertainment options. This legendary destination has something for everyone and can be enjoyed night or day.

  • Iconic: The historic Chicago Navy Pier was built in 1919 and has been entertaining generations ever since.
  • Scenic: Set against the stunning shoreline of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier Chicago is the perfect place to take your vacation snap shots.
  • Variety: From its museums to restaurants to its famous ferris wheel - there is much to see and do at the Navy Pier Chicago.

Inside Knowledge: Navy Pier Chicago is an extremely popular attraction so in order to avoid huge crowds it is best to go on a weekday.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Explore: The the Navy Pier in Chicago isn't just a pier. It also features top Chicago attractions such as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Children's Museum, so make sure you check out all this top Chicago attraction has to offer.
  • Do Stay for Dinner: There are plenty of restaurants near Navy Pier in Chicago. You can find something to satisfy any craving!
  • Don't Go During the Weekend: Unless you want to wait in line for everything, the Navy Pier Chicago is best appreciated on a weekday.
  • Don't Forget your Camera: The Chicago Navy Pier is the perfect spot for taking memorable vacation shots.

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Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Navy Pier Chicago - A Very Crowded Tourist Spot

It’s the number one most visited attraction in Illinois... but definitely not my favorite attraction in Illinois. Navy Pier is fun to walk down. I think it’s about a mile long. There are some cool restaurants, museums and rides on the pier, but for the most part it’s more of something to do with your kids. It’s very crowded on the Pier. Lots of tourists and children.

If you walk all the way to the end, you’ll get a great view of the Chicago skyline. There’s a really cool lighthouse by the end of the pier as well. When I was on the pier, Oktoberfest was going on which was a lot of fun! There was a tent set up with a live band playing German folk music, dancing, lots of beer and food. It was by far my favorite part of Navy Pier! Too bad that’s not there all year round.

Navy Pier is also a good place to catch a boat tour too, which is a must if you’re visiting Chicago. There’s also a great water taxi that will take you from Navy Pier to Museum Campus, which I highly recommend. It gets you out on Lake Michigan and gives you an awesome view of the city.

I think Navy Pier is great and all, but it’s more of a one time thing. Been there, done that. If you’ve never been before, definitely go to check it out, but it’s not really worth going back twice for.

Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
3
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Navy Pier - Good for kids, but not the "real" Chicago by any means

I'll admit - I felt a little "too cool for school" when I visited the Navy Pier in Chicago. The Pier is set up like a mini-amusement park, and is definitely geared towards tourists with little ones to entertain. Not really my scene, but there definitely were some pros to the Pier - just know that it's a little bit off the beaten path and probably not a must-see attraction if you're on a budget.

Navy Pier is the tourism Mecca of Chicago and is a great place to visit if you’re traveling with kids. Highlights of the Pier include the Children’s Museum and the IMAX Theatre, though the most recognizable attraction at the Pier is the giant Ferris Wheel. (It really is HUGE.)

There’s also a big food court indoors with fast food options and a Margaritaville restaurant and bar, as well as a couple other generic restaurants whose names escape me. The modern-looking Shakespeare Theatre is located on the end of the Pier, which is cool but somewhat out of place.

Navy Pier is convenient because you can find a number of boat tour companies that take you out on either Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, and the Hop On Hop Off Trolley also makes a stop there. (I impulsively bought a ticket on the Shoreline Architecture Tour and I would highly recommend it.)

Though I visited in the Fall, the Summer definitely seems the right time to visit the Pier given their weekly fireworks shows and beautiful Lake Michigan views. Also, weekends can get very crowded so if you can, try to visit the Pier on a sunny weekday afternoon.

While it’s not the “real” Chicago experience, it’s certainly worth a visit with the little ones.

Tour Review : Navy Pier Chicago


DerrickAndersen

Joined: May 2012

xxx.xxx.11.2

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
2
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 4/12

Went with:

The tour was:

The Great Navy Pier

This was a great place to have a relaxing day outside, whoever I though the place was a little to growded for me, I noticed its hardfor people in wheelchairs to get around and such. I really enjoyed the architect boar ride we went on. Thats the only reason id go back!