Navy Pier

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600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA - (312) 595-PIER

Navy Pier Chicago Reviews

Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
A place for all ages Aug 11, 2011
Navy Pier is one of the fun places in Chicago. Well connected from downtown theough buses and water taxis. This place has an exclusive museum for children and many mechanical rides too.

This place is the port for all cruises, boats and water taxis. Starting point for one of the attractions of Chicago, Structural boat tour. Also Tall boat ride and water taxis for sight seeing available here.

No entrance fee to see the boats and take pics. Individual attractions has their fee. Many restaurants are in this complex. Definitely this place is good for a fun date.

I was here yesterday and heard of fireworks on saturday and visit again this place. Will add more pics then.
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TSXSquirrelygirlie TSXSquir…
51 reviews
Love the Navy Pier Jul 07, 2011
I have always been a fan of the Navy Pier. It has something for everyone and the view of the lake and city is priceless. In the summer there are fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:15. It can get crowded those nights but it's well worth it for the show. Like I said they have something for everyone; rides for the adults and kids, places to drink (beer garden) for adults and lots of places to eat. You can also take the water taxi to and from the museum campus at the pier. This place never gets old. It's awesome for people watching or even a fun date night.
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nik2blessed nik2bles…
94 reviews
Navy Pier Experience Apr 16, 2011
Many experiences to have after coming to this famous attraction in Chicago. This is open to all ages, no discriminating here. You can walk away from here trying the many different restaurants, rides, boat cruises, shops, and IMAX theatre too...and more. I think the best deal was riding the boat cruise that toured the bay and enjoying the tourguides detailed brief of the history of Chicago (also cheap). Few radio stations were out playing games live (on radio), and speaking to the crowds, pretty cool it was. Parking Garage is near by as well, though I recommend paying the ticket in advance or better valet will get your ticket validated at certain locations. Accessible throughout the pier and faster when crowds are leaving at the end of the day. If you plan on coming out, again the admission is FREE but throughout the day you'll need that cash, HAVE FUN!
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ahtibat17 ahtibat17
266 reviews
Weather Warning Apr 30, 2010
I'm writing this review to inform my fellow travelers about the downside of visiting Navy Pier on a dreary, nasty day weatherwise. We only had one day in the Windy City, so we wanted to see the highlights, Navy Pier being one of them. But, unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. It was rainy and nasty and not a good day to visit Navy Pier. All the outdoor attractions were closed. We walked through the inside shops but nothing really caught my eye.

In addition, the parking fee, I thought, was atrocious, something like $17 for how little we were there, but I guess that's to be expected in a city like Chicago.

Navy Pier probably is enjoyable on a nice summer day, but take my warning, and don't visit on a rainy day!
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X_Drive says:
Thanks for the review. Good timing for our roadtrip! :D
Posted on: May 01, 2010
Hummingbird says:
Thanks for the review. We wanted to see the stained glass exhibit, but with parking that expensive we might just pass on it.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2010
Glynnes says:
Thanks for the information.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2010
MilesTraveled MilesTra…
3 reviews
Navy Pier Jul 28, 2010
Navy Pier is what you make of it - Either an overpriced tourist trap or a fun and cheap attraction with great views of the city.

By far, the best time to visit is the summer. There's free entertainment daily in the Family Pavilion at the top (west end) of the Pier (one of the highlight's is the great Pirate show they have, at 12, 3, 4, and 5pm - daily), and Weekends and Wednesday nights go to the Beer Garden at the very end (east end) of the Pier - open with great live music all afternoon and evening. There's no better place to relax and people watch or view the skyline from.

There are fireworks off the Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night - during the summer months.

The Pier is very kid friendly - with a small amusement park and a children's museum - all a bit pricier.

On a hot day you can grab a boat tour of the lakefront - also a bit pricey, but refreshing.

Cirque Shanghai and Chicago Shakespeare are also on the Pier, and have really great entertaining and kid friendly performances all summer long.

The greatest suck of money is eating and parking on the Pier. In the summer months it can get as high as 30 dollars a day to park. Park somewhere else. There are a lot of small lots on Illinois or Grande or other streets near the Pier. If you don't want to walk, there is a free trolley bus that picks up and drops off in that area. Or, better yet, don't drive at all. Do like a local and catch a CTA bus.

You'll spend %10 to %20 percent more eating on the Pier then you will off of it. If you feel like splurging, then go ahead and try out one of the full service restaurants - Riva's or Harry Carry's. If you plan on grabbing some McDonald's or a hot dog - do yourself a favor and consider eating off the Pier or bringing a picnic with you.

If you visit Navy Pier "off-season", be prepared for all of the outside buisnesses to be closed, including boat tours. Free live entertainment is on a reduced weekend only schedule, Cirque Shanghai has gone back to China, Chicago Shakes is back to doing great, but less kid friendly, productions of Classics - and about the only things open are the overpriced inside shops and restaurants. In the winter the amusement park closes - though they move inside for a month for the WinterWonderFest in December, - a family highlight definitely.

Take a visit to Navy Pier, it's fun and on a nice day is totally rewarding. But realize its limitations, and definitely make time for other Chicago highlights too.

I work on the Pier, seasonly - so if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up.
bodtkd bodtkd
4 reviews
Chicago tourism Aug 03, 2008
Navy Pier in Chicago is a tourism hot spot. There is so much to do. Entertainment includes the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theater (60'x80' screen), a few stages for concerts and other live shows. The Cirque Shanghai was an excellent show. Fireworks can be seen every Wednesday and Saturday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rides and attractions include 150' ferris wheel, carousel, mini golf, a children's museum, bicycle and skate rentals, a Segway tour of the city, a stained glass museum. There are several boat cruises: tall ship; dinner/dance; architectural; ultimate speedboat. Bicycle and skate rentals are available. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, snack joints and shops of all kinds. Buses or taxis will take you right there. Parking is a little expensive, though. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening for the entire family.
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Travbrit_1984 Travbrit…
3 reviews
4th of July Jul 07, 2008
Navy Pier is the top tourist attraction in Illinois.

is a 3,000 foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier was originally built in 1916 to serve Lake Michigan freighters and provide transportation to other cities on the Great Lakes, as well as for recreational purposes. In 1941, Navy Pier was converted to military use and used throughout World War II. From 1946 to 1964, it was a college campus. After a lull in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Navy Pier was revitalized and, today, it is a multi-million dollar convention, cultural and recreation center and Chicago’s most visited attraction.

Navy Pier features a number of attractions for visitors and locals alike. Reminiscent of Chicago’s 1893 World Colombian Exposition, the most visible feature of Navy Pier is its 150-foot Ferris wheel. Close by is the musical carousel, painted with historical depictions of the pier. Pier Park features an 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course and a cliff climbing structure. Some of the indoor attractions include a 15-minute walk through Fun house Maze and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Navy Pier is home to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, with its 500-seat courtyard theater and 200-seat flexible black box theater. There is also an IMAX theater on Navy Pier, with a 6-story flat movie screen featuring 2D and 3D films. The Smith Museum of Stained Glass windows is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-ft.-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall.

The Skyline Stage is a 1,500-seat theater featuring a variety of musical and theatrical performances

Boat tours range from extravagant dinner cruises along the lake front to choppy speed-boat rides. You may even see a wedding aboard one of the ships! There are a number of shops at Navy Pier, with a variety of unique specialty items and Chicago souvenirs. Dining choices range from concession stands to a food court to fine restaurants.

Navy Pier also serves as a convention center, accommodating medium-sized trade shows with 170,000 square feet of exhibition space in Festival Hall and 36 meeting rooms. Crystal Gardens is a one-acre tropical paradise with over 70 full-size palm trees and a variety of seasonal plants and flowers. Private parties and corporate events are held here.

The lakefront is a wonderful place to bike ride or skate - you can rent bikes or skates at Bike Chicago, located at the pier. And when you need a break from all the activity, Navy Pier is a great place to just sit and people-watch.
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nik2blessed says:
good photos
Posted on: May 23, 2010
WaltJake says:
Good review! I've been there twice, on both my cross-country trips!
Posted on: Sep 18, 2008

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