Sights to See - Navy Pier
Whether you want to ride a ferris wheel or lean toward seeing some
Shakespeare, Navy Pier in Chicago
has every kind of enjoyment you can imagine. Open to the public since 1916, the area was revitalized in 1995. Ever
since, it has attracted visitors from all over the world - over 8 million in 2005 alone.
Don't worry about crowds, though. There's
so much to do and see at Navy Pier, that lines are rarely a problem. There is a dock with ships to see and
restaurants to sample, just like Pier
39 in San Francisco.
Or you can just sit and enjoy the fountain at Gateway Park, with 240 jets, all computer synchronized.
The Ferris Wheel is modeled after the world's first, constructed for
the 1893 World Columbian
Exposition. Forty-four feet high, with 36
hand-painted animals, it's a delight for kids and adults alike. You'll
get a great view of the Skyline Stage, a 100-foot high roof structure
used as an ice skating rink in winter and a 1,500-seat outdoor theatre
during the summer.
If it's theater you're after, though, don't miss the seven-story
With 525 seats that rarely go empty, you'll find
a show of the type that has pleased audiences for over 400 years.
Navy Pier has an IMAX theater
too, of course, for those who like their
entertainment fully modern. With the giant 6-story screen, featuring
scenes of enormous volcanoes, waterfalls and dozens of special films,
you'll sometimes wish it weren't so lifelike!
Come visit the Smith Stained Glass Museum
and get a look at these multi-colored wonders. You'll see designs like no others anywhere.
Gothic cathedral through modern portrait, there are 150 different
styles. Then trot on over to TransPIERency
to pick up a small replica to remind you of your experience.
For the kids, there's plenty to do and see at the
Chicago Children's Museum,
conveniently located at Navy Pier, where everything is oriented toward the curiosity of the younger crowd. Treehouse trails
and canoes rafting down a pretend river will keep them delightfully occupied.
Shopping at Navy Pier is in never-ending supply of fun and opportunities. You can attend a
right at the Pier, and design your own stuffed animal. Or head to
to pick out some Indian clothing or handmade crafts from Bali.
You'll be hungry by now, so stop in at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.,
after the fictional character's business. Offering more than just
crustaceans, the menu includes baby back ribs and lots more. If you
like your southern food with a little jazz, try
Joe's Be-Bop Cafe
and get some jambalaya and ribs.
Try the Billy Goat Tavern
for one of
the best cheeseburgers in the city. Or, go to RIVA
for a more chic
atmosphere with great steak, pasta and seafood.
Click here for more restaurants at Navy Pier Chicago.
Not far away is the famed Hancock Tower
and many other attractions, so be prepared for a long day of great entertainment.
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