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A complete guide to Navy Pier

These are the very best things for local Chicagoans to eat, drink, see and do at this top Midwest tourist attraction

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Bert Kaufmann

No Chicagoan is totally indifferent to Navy Pier. Whether you write it off as a tourist trap, actively loathe it, or perhaps have a fondness for the place, the Midwest vacation destination certainly has a presence in Chicago. What you might not know is that Navy Pier has undergone significant renovations over the past few years, making it—wait for it—somewhere locals might actually want to go. With an IMAX experience, a world-class live theater and its fair share of food and drink festivals, the Streeterville locale isn’t all bad. Learn to love Navy Pier with our complete guide.

Things to do on Navy Pier

Things to do at Navy Pier
Things to do

Things to do at Navy Pier

But there are several good reasons to make the trek to Navy Pier, for tourists and Chicago residents alike

Food crawl through Navy Pier
Restaurants

Food crawl through Navy Pier

You can find new fast-casual restaurants that offer great options for coffee and lunch, making the trip all the more appealing

Guide to Navy Pier Fireworks
Things to do

Guide to Navy Pier Fireworks

When you hear the pops and booms over Lake Michigan, it's a sure sign that summer has arrived

Photos from the 4th of July fireworks at Navy Pier
Things to do

Photos from the 4th of July fireworks at Navy Pier

Check out these photos from last year's spectacular fireworks show

A complete guide to the River North and Streeterville neighborhoods
Things to do

A complete guide to the River North and Streeterville neighborhoods

Hop off the pier to explore everything the attraction's surrounding neighborhoods have to offer

Archived coverage of Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare announces Navy Pier expansion
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Chicago Shakespeare announces Navy Pier expansion

Navy Pier announces surprise fireworks show
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Navy Pier announces surprise fireworks show

Big City Chicken to open at Navy Pier Thursday
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Big City Chicken to open at Navy Pier Thursday

The Navy Pier haunted house is sinking
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The Navy Pier haunted house is sinking

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