Type: Attractions, Sightseeing
The only Chicagoans you'll run into at Navy Pier are the employees but out-of-towners and suburbanites seem to love the downtown pier that extends into Lake Michigan. Once used by the military, it's... Read More
The only Chicagoans you'll run into at Navy Pier are the employees but out-of-towners and suburbanites seem to love the downtown pier that extends into Lake Michigan. Once used by the military, it's now Chicago's largest tourist attraction. You can just walk up and down the pier, taking in skyline and lake views. Or you can visit the excellent children's museum, IMAX movie theater, Broadway-quality Shakespeare plays, or ride the Centennial Wheel, a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel with enclosed gondolas. There are plenty of boat ride options, too, from the zippy Seadog to a more stately Odyssey. In summer, you can watch a free fireworks show synchronized to music on Wednesday and Saturday nights. An "old Chicago" style IT'SUGAR store is brand new and offers a "Taste of Chicago Box" featuring products that originated here including Tootsie Rolls®, Baby Ruth®, Juicy Fruit®, Charleston Chew®, Chuckles®, Sugar Daddy®, and others.
- Event Dates and Times Vary
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Parking $25 - $28
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Free trolleys run between State Street and Navy Pier between Memorial Day and Labor Day."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Chicago's most popular tourist destination includes a new 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel, which opened in 2016.