Want to visit one of Chicago’s top attractions in the city? Visit Navy Pier for great food, shows, and shopping. Unfortunately, Navy Pier is closed due to Covid-19 but soon enough it will reopen again. Navy Pier was built in 1916 and was formerly named Municipal Pier by architects, Charles Sumner Frost and Daniel Burnham. The original plan was to make Municipal Pier into a shipping and recreation facility. In 1927, Municipal Pier was renamed Navy Pier to honor the Navy that lived there during World War I.
Navy Pier is most famous for their 200 feet tall ferris wheel. The Ferris Wheel was built in 1893 by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr at 264 feet tall. It was then rebuilt in 1995 at 150 feet tall, then again in 2016 at 200 feet tall. The wheel is a creative way to see a high view of beautiful Chicago, allowing six passengers at a time in one gondola.
Although the pier is currently closed, they do offer fun virtual ways to enjoy the experience. They offer a virtual stroll on the pavilion and a dine in on a virtual food experience. They also offer cruise options during the summer including; speedboat tours, firework cruises, brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises, and architecture and sightseeing cruises. If boats aren’t your thing, they also offer bus tours, helicopter rides, or bike rentals. Navy Pier is located on 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. You can also donate to Navy Pier to support the free programs they offer as well as activities, artists, and organizations.