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“Fireworks on New Years Eve” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Navy Pier

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
312-595-7437
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Ranked #95 of 368 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Parks
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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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 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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“Fireworks on New Years Eve”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stayed at a hotel about 4 blocks down from the pier. We walked over to the fireworks on New Year's Eve at about 11:30 pm. It was crowded and the area around the pier was under construction. I wish that i would have scoped out the area more thoroughly and or recognized that there were buses running so we would probably have not had to fight the considerable crowd. There were lots of police officers around providing guidance and a feeling of security. The fireworks themselves lasted about 15 -20 minutes .

We had originally thought to view the fireworks from our hotel room but I am not sure that any hotel would have provided a good view. Perhaps the W Hotel or one down on south Michigan(tho sort of distant). Certainly not the Embassy Suites.

Visited December 2013
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“Love Navy Pier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went to Navy Pier while waiting for 2 other people in our group to get out of a ballgame. It was so nice, great views of Chicago and the water. Winter Wonderland was beautiful. The employees there were so helpful when we asked a question. It is so nice to just walk around and view. I am sure it is much nicer in the summer when the Ferris Wheel is running and everything is going outside. We are so glad we visited and hope to get back one day to visit in the summer.

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Architectural Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We visited the Navy Pier and saw the ferris wheel and all the other games. We went on the architectural cruise that lasted 45 minutes. The boat went all around downtown Chicago and at the end had a fireworks show which we enjoyed a lot.

Visited August 2013
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“MUST SEE ATTRACTION!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Currently undergoing remodeling and expansion to become even better this Summer! Great fun for kids & adults alike. My personal favorites are the ferris wheel, Billy Goat Tavern, Rivas, Bubba Gumps, and Must Do Spirit of Chicago etc. Lake dinner cruises! Clients LOVE seeing the skyline from the Lake. You simply can't go wrong visiting Navy Pier. Business or pleasure, single, group, family or romance this is a MUST DO. I'm not from the Men's Warehouse...but I guarantee it!

Visited January 2014
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“FUN”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Navy Pier juts out into Lake Michigan, so it is fun to walk to the end. Inside is mostly like a mall of sorts with shops and kiosks. The Ferris Wheel is there, as is the IMAX theater, which is always a treat. I loved the Stained Glass Museum (free). What a collection.

Visited October 2013
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