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Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Illinois

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    • Tweens (9-12)
  • Visited: August 2013
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
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Walk outside and inside. There is a lot to see packed into this place.

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  • Visited: March 2011
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
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A Chicago Landmark

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Surely much busier in the summer, but you still don't need to spend a lot of time here. Skip the restaurants- food is average and overpriced.

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Submitted by: Stef M.

I like this free tourist destination.  They have entertainment/holiday events year round, a great view of Lake Michigan, a ferris wheel overlooking the lakeshore, and a really nice stained glass museum. ...

Submitted by: Howard M.

My family enjoyed the stained glass display and a...

Submitted by: patricia m.

Great place for the family. They have an IMAX theater, small shops, and some touristy chains (Bubba Gump). Check out the t...

Submitted by: Anne M.

Where to begin, where to begin....   You have to be in a 'special' mood to go to Navy Pier.  Or, have kids and/or babies in strollers.   Having one of those days when you want to punch people in the face?  Don't go here.  You just might do it.   Yes, it's touristy.  By that I mean, it has that generic, cheesy quality you find in glitzy, packed 'vacation-destination' areas in cities all over the place - Times Square, NY;  Vegas gift shops;  'Chinatowns' anywhere.  Where the city you happen to be in, i.e. "Chicago" is plastered over all the cheap little trinkets you could possibly think of.  Same crap, different city. There's also food courts and eateries throughout the pier, ranging from McDonalds, Chicago's ...

Submitted by: Lucia C.

This place gets really interesting around halloween! I stopped by last weekend and there were street performers everywhere. I was greeted at the pier entrance by a fire-eating man, and then as my group stays to watch him perform, a bearded-women appears from the audience (where did she come from?!). Farther along the dock, there were 'life-size' puppets acting out the story narrated by the puppeteer, a fortune teller booth with a real person's head replicating the  'crystal ball' (I felt bad for him!), & another man riding an 'elixirs' trolley around. It was like harry potter!! I loved it. I think this was done especially for halloween. Above the pier are a few rides (ferris wheel, etc.), and were where most...

Submitted by: Lester B.

I had higher expectations for Navy Pier! I walked around the whole thing and it was pretty much okay. The only reason why I was here was because me and my gf went to build-a-bear to get some bears for each other and to explore a bit. Parking was ridiculously hard to find and the pier itself was "A-OK." The first ...

Submitted by: Kristin C.

So, I don't get it. Am I missing something? Why is this the biggest tourist destination in Chicago? It's like San Francisco's Pier 39's ugly, less cool cousin. The place is great for kids, but as adults, there is only one saving grace..... booze. You can buy booze and just walk around drinking it. Which is awesome! I mean sure, its overpriced, and the mixed drinks are watered down, naturally, but you can still walk down a busy pier drinking beer and crazy drinks. Without the booze though this place would be a big fat zero. The views are nice. But there are too many people, it's not a good use of space, the stores suck, the restaurants are cheesy. Apparently there is a McDonald's of the Future. It looked just...

Submitted by: Tracy L.

save for special dates and taking touristy fam around town. When you live in chicago, you can get sick of it...but knowing how to use your time wisely there can make really great memories. highlights: *ferris wheel: feels like you can see the whole city from the top *boat tours: brings you out into lake michigan and give you the 411 on Chicago's history and buildings *beer gardens: pricey, but outdoor patio where there is dancing at night *grand ballroom: great for huge parties *fun mirrors, painting galleries *Winterwonderfest during christmas time: very family oriented, an ice skating rink, games for kids, lots of trees from different countries, and funnel cake lots of small shops in the inside to get char...

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