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Navy Pier:Pier Family Pavilion Stage

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Navy Pier: Rides at Navy Pier

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Best Chicago attractions: A top-down view of Navy Pier belies the logo-T insanity below.

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Navy Pier:Ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier.

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Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Navy Pier: Fourth of July fireworks: Fireworks explode over Navy Pier on July 3, 2013.

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Photograph: Steinkamp/Ballogg Chicago

Navy Pier:Shakespeare Theater

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Photograph: James Steinkamp

Navy Pier:Shakespeare Theater interior

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Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Navy Pier:Fourthof July fireworks explode over Navy Pier on July 3, 2013.

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Photograph: Max Herman

Navy Pier:One of the best places to watch fireworks.

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Photograph: Max Herman

Navy Pier:One of the best places to watch fireworks.

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Photograph: Max Herman

Navy Pier:One of the best places to watch fireworks.

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Navy Pier: The Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier.

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This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, plus an old-fashioned swing ride and 18-hole mini-golf course. You'll also find the Chicago Children's Museum and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Most offerings may not turn locals on, but the seasonsal events, indoor activities and great people-watching provide plenty of entertainment, no matter what the weather.

Venue name: Navy Pier
Contact:
Address: 600 E Grand Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at Streeter Dr
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10am–8pm; Fri, Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–7pm. See website for extended seasonal hours.
Transport: Bus: 29, 65, 66.
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Clayton Guse
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The pier's getting a bigger Ferris wheel, new restaurants, a boutique hotel and new programming—but I'm still not sure that's enough to make me want to wade through the pools of tourists who flock to the destination every summer. 

svillanueva

Navy Pier is a great place to see a variety of architecture, shops and people. There are many things to do from shows, to art exhibits, to great eats.