No matter the season, Navy Pier is a fun place to spend a few hours, especially with kids in tow. Constructed in 1916 as a commercial-shipping pier and part of Daniel Burnham's Master Plan of Chicago, it stretches 1/2 mile into Lake Michigan. Redesigned and re-opened in 1995, it's a major tourist draw. Outside, there's a landscaped area with gardens, a fountain, a carousel, a 15-story Ferris wheel, and a beer garden. Inside are Crystal Gardens, a six-story glass atrium
that serves as an indoor event venue and botanical park; the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows; the Chicago Children's Museum; an IMAX theater; the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and a bevy of souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars.
Jun 14, 2006
Odyssey Brunch cruise was a great experience. The staff is very friendly and we really enjoyed the jazz band. The food was delicious and the dessert table was great. It's a neat way to see the city shoreline. I think it would be even better at night. Definitely worth a try!
Jun 8, 2003
Overall, I'd have to say that this is a tourist trap but there are quite a few redeeming qualities. Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory and Riva are good restaurants. The summertime fireworks are nice, too. From the ferris wheel, you get a great view of the city which I've always preferred at night. I saw an excellent production at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. http://www.navypier.com/