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Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
312-595-7437
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Ranked #95 of 369 Attractions in Chicago
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Parks
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills... more » Owner description: Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!There's so much to do in our 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions.Take a ride on our 15-story Ferris wheel. Catch a movie at the IMAX® Theatre. Visit three floors of hands-on fun at the Chicago Children's Museum inside the Family Pavilion. Experience any one of the cruise boat rides departing from Navy Pier's South Dock. Or just kick back and enjoy your favorite form of entertainment at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, Dock Street Stage, Landshark Beer Garden or Family Pavilion Stage.Come experience all that Navy Pier has to offer year-round! « less
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Wakefield, Michigan
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126 reviews 126 reviews
61 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Walking this pier is great...its got many attractions including a huge Ferris Wheel...many boat excursions...we did two...food, bars, grills, beer garden, atrium, stained glass museum...and shopping...something for everyone...and just plain fun to walk to the end and sit and look out at Lake Michigan

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Arkansas
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27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were there on a hot Saturday in June and the pier was very busy and crowded. Parts of it were closed because of construction, so there may be more to it than what we saw. The gardens, which looked lovely, were also closed to the public because of a wedding reception. There were a lot of touristy/junky gift shops... More

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Jasper, Indiana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We went on a nice day so it was great to sit on some of the benches and take in the fresh air. We don't have kids so none of the activities really interested us.

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Port Washington, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

There are lots of shops to check out. In terms of attractions, it's worth seeing the stained glass museum and the garden. We saw a 3D IMAX feature film there where we got to reserve our seats when we bought out tickets.

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Surrey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Spent an hour of so on the Pier but with all the building works going on, it was not as pleasant as I'm sure it normally is. It was very busy and the views are great. The best part for me was we took a River Taxi back up to the Michigan Bridge, so we got to to see the... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We were so excited to go here, it is a major Chicago attraction. We were disappointed. The ferris wheel was a good time with a beautiful view, but it's the only ride for adults. And the promenade was interesting with all the little shops. However everything was very expensive and the pier consisted mostly bars and restaurants. The garden was... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Nothing special to do over there. We were by the end of the summer and the biergarten was closed. There was absolutely nothing happening around but some boats departing for a tour or the like.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Navy Pier is in the middle of major refurbishment so probably a bit unfair to judge the facility. The entrance through an avenue of cheap food outlets and shops can only be described as very tacky, so this will need some work as well!

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Having read good reviews of the Navy Pier, we were very disappointed when we took the time to visit in early September. Unless you need to go there to find a restaurant (and there are a great many good places to eat elsewhere in the city), do not bother. It is just a very large building site. We found a... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the pier whole in town on business. I will say it is one of the most special places we have ever been...and it was under construction for beautification while we were there. There is SO much to do on the pier and things to see as well. The highlight of it was between seeing how... More

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