From its versatile journey as a crucial dock for freights to becoming a training complex for the Navy during World War...
moreFrom its versatile journey as a crucial dock for freights to becoming a training complex for the Navy during World War II and to finally being redeveloped as a massive one-stop entertainment destination on Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline, the Navy Pier has participated in a rather adventurous century-old sojourn. This 3,000 foot (1,010 meters) long pier named in honor of the Great War's naval veterans hosts a legion of recreational options that span museums, restaurants, retail, entertainment and outdoor activities. A whirlwind attraction that juts out into the Great Lake, the highlight of the pier is the iconic Ferris Wheel that spins rapidly, with the urbane Chicago skyline in the backdrop. Dinner cruise ships ply the waters around the pier, inviting visitors to step aboard a vibrant extravaganza that ends in fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The pier is also home to the botanical Crystal Gardens, the Chicago Children's Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater that showcases Shakespearean productions.less
I have been here several times over several decades, this time there had been recent riots in the Chicago and many advising against going. Despite the pier being literally policed for masks, the...more
had a chance to ride the ferris wheel a couple times. Lots of other fun attractions to check out as well.more