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Review of Navy Pier

Navy Pier
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Ranked #37 of 649 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!
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little neck
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32 reviews
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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
Thank kathy m
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“Nice walk ...”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

It was a nice walk ..good view of the city skyline.... Very commercial very dirty and very crowded...

Visited August 2013
Thank Kernalpanx
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Toronto, Canada
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“Take a walk on the Navy Pier”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Great weather...great day on the Navy Pier. There is so much entertainment and markets to enjoy that you can stay a whole day on the Pier.

Visited May 2013
Thank Nancy J
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New York, New York, United States
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“Great hangout spot on a summer weekend”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This attraction has quite a bit of history behind it and all the commercial and historical significance aside, its just a great place to walk around and enjoy with family & friends.
I am inclined to say Summer would be a better time to go there for obvious reasons, but again, i am not from Chicago and i have never been here during winter so i cannot vouch for your winter experience.

My take on this attraction:
Allow about 4 to 5 hours to leisurely enjoy the place.. its huge.
Try not to drive if you can.. if you do, be prepared to pay a few bucks for parking
[i think its around $ 30 for the day during summer time]

Not too far from most of the other attractions in the City

Take the Ferris wheel to get great views of the City

Visited May 2013
Thank Chetan S
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Plainfield, Illinois
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“don't count on the trolley”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We visited Chicago on a very cold day in December expecting to catch the trolley on Illinois st as advertised online. It never showed up. Our walk was well over 30 minutes and the trolley did not come by. I don't mind the walk but the kids were very cold and tired by the time they got there. We did not research the bus routes because we were counting on the trolley.
The Winter Wonderfest is always nice, but has become so crowded that kids stand in line for 30-45 minutes for some of the rides.

Visited December 2013
Thank Rob R
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