The Navy Pier was constructed in 1916 at a total cost of $4.5 Million. It is 3,300 feet long located in the neighborhood of Streeterville of the Near North Side Community along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Now , the Navy Pier serves as a multipurpose facility with outdoor art exhibits, spectacular fireworks, exciting rides, theatrical productions and much more. Today, it is one of the most visited tourist spot in Chicago.
The pier is free, but parking is somewhat expensive. It costs a little extra, but there's a great view from the Ferris wheel and it makes for great memories.
The Navy Pier
Honestly of the best things you can check out while in Chicago. Yes parking can be a bit pricey but totally worth all the awesome sights. Awesome vacation pictures are almost guaranteed while visiting along with great family fun.
A fun carnival like atmosphere, Navy Pier is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon if the weather is nice. It can be fun for any age, I in particular went as a teenager with some friends.
It feels like a tourist trap...
The only thing worth going for at Navy Pier is the IMAX theater, or maybe one of the dinner cruise boats. Otherwise it's a big bore! Nobody comes here for the attractions or the shopping, but it's where all the people visiting from out of town go to get their Bubba Gump Shrimp. They have fireworks in the summer which are fun to view, so I will give them that, but if you are a local this place has no redeeming factors at all.
It was fall when I went, and was freezing near the water! I really loved having the carnival-like experience right in the city without having to go anywhere else. Touristy, yes but fun.
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