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Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
312-595-7437
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As featured in Chicago for young kids
Ranked #85 of 367 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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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I agree with the review that says not to go without children. other than the children's rides/attractions all there is are overpriced stores and food places. we went on a saturday afternoon and the number of people was ridiculous! We could not walk and everyone was rude and crabby including the staff of the shops. outside were docks where different... More

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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We walked to Navy Pier while following the Lakefront Trail. The first few hundred feet are tacky bars, tour boat crowds and screaming kids. We persevered to the end of the pier and were rewarded with magnificent views from the less populated north side while heading back towards the city. It was windy so use caution. Almost lost my iPad... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you do not have children, don't bother with this tourist trap. It's crowded, loud and the only place in all of Chicago with really rude, inconsiderate employees. It took less than 1/2 hour for us to decide to leave.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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163 reviews 163 reviews
65 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This pier is not as fun as east or west coast piers, but it was the best place for a drink on a pier. Some of the best bloody mary's around. Worth a stop once.

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Columbus, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of those tourist things that you have to do. It is a must if you have children. This time, now that my children are teenagers I found us going back to the pier more for tradition. There are carnival rides (about 5, ferris wheel, swings etc along with miniature golf). Ride tickets are $6 and $7... More

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Madison, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took our easily distracted 4 and 6 year old girls on Wednesday night to the 8pm show - purchased discount tix from travelzoo - the kids LOVED every minute of it. They are still talking about it. A must if you're staying in the city. Fireworks are at 9:30 on Wednesday nights directly following the show.

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Hamilton, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Children's Museum is great, some rides (ferris wheel and carousel), some days there are performers walking around. Otherwise there are a bunch of not-so-great restaurants. Fireworks were superb on Wed and Sat night. Don't go with the crowds across from the ferris wheel; stay at the end closer to the food court. There are benches down at the end and... More

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119 reviews 119 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A view of Lake Michigan and a view of the Chicago skyline from the pier. Families with children would be a nice visit...just an area to chill and watch people!

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Pineville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It was great. Wish we had more time. A must stop when you're in Chicago! Lots of stuff to do, and see.

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Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Good to go to while in Chicago, not a lot of things to do there. Went on the Ferris wheel.......great views! Some little shops.

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