navy pier in chicago

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NAVY PIER’S FERRIS WHEEL & MUSEUMS

Find attractions to delight the entire family

Catch the free trolley right outside our door to travel directly to Navy Pier, Chicago's most popular entertainment destination.

Part of architect Daniel Burnham's "Master Plan of Chicago," it opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreational pier. Today, it features 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions that the whole family enjoys. Navy Pier is the year-round home of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, an IMAX Theatre and the Chicago Children's Museum, as well as small boutiques and amusement rides, including the iconic Ferris wheel. Boat cruises depart from the Pier and some snake back downtown along the Chicago River, offering unique vantage points of the city's legendary architecture. During the summer months, fireworks launch from the Pier every Wednesday and Saturday evening, creating a memory-making sight you won’t want to miss.