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“Very touristy & crowded! But worth a visit if you're in Chicago!”
Review of Navy Pier

Navy Pier
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Ranked #19 of 643 things to do in Chicago
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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
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The place is definitely crowded and a very touristy place to go (if you talk to a Chicgoan they will tell you how much they hate it usually!). Having said that, I think it's worth the visit if you're in Chicago for a holiday.
The atmosphere is good, and it is ideal for families and couples alike. There are plenty of places to eat and drink as well as arcade like games and of course the big Ferris wheel. It's a perfect place to go on a Saturday night to see the fireworks that set off at 10.15 too!
If you walk right to the end of the pier, you can get some spectacular views of the Chicago skyline too, so if anything it's worth a visit just for that!

Thank krystinaf
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A must see on any trip to Chicago. Go during the week, very crowed on the weekends. Lots to see and do for the family. The Chicago waterfront is fabulous. So clean and you can walk for miles.

Thank hollysC2934SN
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Walk out to the farthest end of the pier for a great view of the Chicago skyline. It looks even better after dark with all the building lights on. Yes, this is a tourist place and food/drinks are pricey but there isn't an admission fee. Ride the giant Ferris Wheel for more great views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's shoreline.

1  Thank Tom N
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It is a busy place in the summer, more than I have ever experienced before. There are advantages to visit both daytime and nighttime, but either time is fine. There are a variety of restaurants both quick food and fine dining, and many snack foods. Tour boats line the walkway with many options to see the sights. Three amusement rides (a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and swing ride are available) and inside, there is a nice botanical garden to explore. Navy Pier is worth a visit but remember there is a fair amount of walking once you get off the bus, car, or taxi if you plan to explore it in full.

Thank garyrc
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Overall, Navy Pier is an extremely average, overly commercialized tourist trap. That being said, the ferris wheel is kind of worth the trip. The view of the city/lake/river is pretty great. Luckily it's close to the edge of the pier so you can take the free trolly to the pier, ride the ferris wheel and get away quickly. It's $6 for a maybe 5 minute ride, but the view is probably worth the price.

Thank Kathie N
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