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“views and fun but touristy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Navy Pier

Navy Pier
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Ranked #36 of 635 things to do in Chicago
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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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“views and fun but touristy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

On a nice day, Navy Pier packs in a lot of the stuff people enjoy--views of the city from the pier that extends into the lake, checking out boats (large and small), some rides (the Ferris wheel has a tremendous view but is a little pricey for a short ride. Bring your camera.), snacks and open-air spots to have a drink as well as some nicer restaurants for dining, and even live music on summer weekends. But....it is crowded and some of this can feel quite touristy. If you enjoy art, however, go inside and see the exhibit of Louis Tiffany stained glass. And if you are enjoying the lakefront, continue on toward the north and walk the lakeshore to get to two beaches (oak street and North ave. beaches) which may also have live music on the weekend. You can also rent bikes and bicycle-cart/cars to transport several people with shade.

Visited July 2013
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“Holiday fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Great fun. loved the ferris wheel. Can take the boat from here for a cruise or the fast boat. Lots to do and see.

Visited April 2013
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“to avoid crowds go early”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

To catch our flight home we had to visit early in the day. It turned out to be great time to stroll & get photos w/o loads of tourists. This is a must see - The architecture alone is worth the visit. There are the obligatory gift shops, Children's Museum, restaurants, food court but the views of the immense lake and back at the city are worth a visit to Navy Pier.

Visited September 2013
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“Very Lively and Entertaining Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I agree with most other reviewers and repeat what they said. Fantastic views, amazing crowds, lively entertainment. This is the perfect tourist destination for anyone visiting Chicago. The speedboat tours and the lake cruises are definitely worth the time

Visited September 2013
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“A great place to go, especially on nights with fireworks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I did my homework before going there. Visit their website to see what is available and when it is available: www.navypier.com.
Also try to catch the trolley to get you there: http://www.navypier.com/visit_us/trolley.html - it's really fun.
Small food-court but enjoyable. Additional restaurants around, too. Many, many places to visit (some with fee, some are free).
A great place to take a boat for a ride.

Visited August 2013
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