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Navy Pier

Navy Pier
Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area in … See more



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Jan 8, 2023
A lovely way to get close to the water while having a great view of the city skyline. We walked around the perimeter of the pier enjoying all the sights available. I was surprised that, from the ou… Full review by SteveK28762
Jan 7, 2023
Nice place to go shopping if looking for "Chicago " items. Nice variety of food places. Great location set out next to river and have lunch. Prices are average. I would visit there again. Full review by B9777SJmelissam
Jan 1, 2023
hors d'oeuvres we're trash, charged us $320 for some sams club cookies, and the floor was dirty. You had pay additional money to hang Coates on top of the $320 payment. The picture listed below is wh… Full review by davidyN2563TR


Chicago's Navy Pier
Navy Pier is today one of the most visited attractions in Chicago, sporting a Ferris wheel and a touristy mix of shops and eateries. The scene couldn’t have been more different during the Second World War, when the U.S. Navy used the huge wharf as a training center for young aircraft carrier pilots. Illinois may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the U.S. Navy, but the landlocked Lake Michigan was an ideal location for young naval aviators during World War II, because it offered protection against Nazi U-Boats and Japanese Zeros. Two aircraft carriers were based at Navy Pier during the war, the USS Sable and USS Wolverine. They were actually modified passenger ships, with flat top flight decks constructed over former luxury cabin space. The requisitioned ships were coal-fired, paddle-wheel vessels. Huge wooden wheels built into the sides propelled them through the water—essentially the same technology that carried Mark Twain up and down the Mississippi half a century earlier. The technical oddities didn’t end at the paddle wheels, however. Since the Sable and Wolverine were not combat vessels they received no armor or weaponry upgrades. The stubby flight decks were a mere 500 feet long, compared to the 800-foot standard Essex-class design.Over the course of the Second World War some 15,000 pilots toured through Navy Yard and passed Carrier Qualifications on the Sable and Wolverine. Just two months after Victory in Japan day, the Sable and Wolverine were decommissioned, and by 1947 both of the Navy’s unique paddlewheel aircraft carriers were sold as scrap. Navy Pier itself went through decades of underutilization until it was revitalized in 1989 as a tourist spot. One of the last remaining clues of Chicago’s carrier school past are the dozens of crashed aircraft that litter the floor of Lake Michigan to this day.
Exhibits, Rides, Parks, and Family Attractions
Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations—and with good reason. The 3,300-foot pier jutting into the waters of Lake Michigan, originally constructed in 1916 as a freight dock and public space, encompasses almost 50 acres of exhibits, rides, parks, and family attractions. The Basics Most Chicago sightseeing tours include a stop at Navy Pier, which buts right up against the Streeterville neighborhood and the distinctive Chicago skyline—and is one of the largest entertainment complexes in the United States. The pier is also a departure point for the must-do Chicago architecture river cruises and classic lake tours. For kids, Navy Pier features the Chicago Children’s Museum, plus a collection of high-tech rides, hands-on fountains, kid-focused educational exhibits, restaurants, and trinket vendors that will transport your child into the realm of overstimulated joy. Adults will appreciate the lakefront views, cool breezes, and a ride on the gigantic Ferris wheel or classic carousel. Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat rooftop venue under a canopy, plays host to a variety of shows throughout the summer; and on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the pier puts on a whopping fireworks show. Things to Know Before You Go Navy Pier is a must-do for families visiting Chicago with children. For a unique view of Navy Pier or the fireworks show, book a dinner cruise. The Chicago Explorer Pass includes admission to several Navy Pier attractions, including the Ferris wheel and miniature golf. Most attractions and businesses on Navy Pier are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. How to Get There Located east of the Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier is easy to get to by bus and El trains from anywhere in the city, including on the free pier trolley bus. In summer, Shoreline Sightseeing runs a handy water taxi between Navy Pier, the Sears Tower, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. When to Get There Although Navy Pier is open year-round, it really comes alive in the summer—in fact it can get mobbed, so arrive early and take public transportation. An IMAX Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater are both good cold-weather options, and there is a winter festival held every year. Navy Pier History Originally named the Municipal Pier, it was renamed Navy Pier in 1927 in honor of the naval veterans from the First World War. During World War II, the pier was used as a naval training facility, where about 10,000 people lived, worked, and trained.

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