Navy Pier, Chicago

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    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    by hekate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was told that the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is the world's first Ferris wheel and still the largest ever built. The ocasion was the World Columbian Exposition in 1893.

    It is 150 feet high (I was told by I friend of mine and I never bother to convert it in meters but it was HIGH) and gives a wonderful view to the lakefront and Lake Michigan.

    In the evening, thousands of lights illuminate the Ferris wheel's spokes.

    Working hours
    Friday and Saturday: 10.00 h -24.00 h
    Sunday to Tuersday: 10.00 h -22.00 h

    Price:
    - Adults $4;
    - Seniors $3.50;
    - Children Free

    Here is a correction I recived by Dabs (Kristi):

    "The ferris wheel at Navy Pier is not the original one from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The first Ferris wheel was much larger, and held over 2,160 people at one time. It was shipped to St. Louis for their fair and then dismantled in 1906. The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier only holds 240 people."

    I also took the liberty to add the link she recommended in case people are interested in more detailed information.

    Thanks for the comment, Kristi. I really find it helpful :)

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  • spending time at the Navy Pier

    by TRAVELCHICK29 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Things to do in Navy Pier:
    1. boats/cruises-you can take the architectural cruise, lunch cruise, dinner cruise, or the speedboat ride along the Lake Michigan
    2. The Smith museum of stained glass windows
    3. Ride the 150 foot high Ferris Wheel
    4. the food, the music, the shops
    5. the Children's museum
    6. relax, sit on the bench and enjoy the breathtaking view of the skyline and the lakefront before you

    a view from the pier (sorry for blurry pic)
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    Ride the ferris wheel

    by shohman Written Aug 18, 2010

    At Navy Pier, you can't miss the giant ferris wheel. For $6 you get amazing views of the city. The ride is fairly quick, about 12 minutes, but on a nice day it is well worth the incredible views of the City.

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    Take a Trip to the Navy Pier

    by Xeriss Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    The Navy Pier is Chicago's number 1 tourist attraction. It is a long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Many attractions available including a ferris while, a large shopping mall and also a vast selection of restaurants.

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    Carnival in the City

    by evilprebil Written Jun 19, 2010

    A great place to get a view of the Chicago skyline, it's full of activities and food like there's a carnival going on in downtown Chicago all the time. Some of the highlights include: Ferris Wheel, mini golf, IMAX, children's museum, carousel, stained glass museum, Shakespeare theater, one of those swing things, beer garden etc....

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    Navy Pier-A Mix of Entertainment

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    They redid this into a massive complex of entertainment since I was last here (25 years) and it is to attract all ages at all levels of sophistication and culture for things to do inside. It actually was renovated in 1976 for attract more tourism. It was first opened in 1916, and declined in 1920 due to Depression, and then languished for years until redone.
    Along the breadth of the pier is cruising boats to take a ride, family pavilion to eat, ferris wheel for a 7 minute ride costing $6, and is open nearly all year round, dock shops of all types, big ballroom and meeting halls. The Smith Museum of stained glass is a free exhibit to view. They have a Children's Museum attached to the other sites inside. The Children's Museum is open 10-5 and cost is $10.

    Lake view of the panorama length View of the main area-auditorium buildin Children's Museum near entrance ferris wheel Layout map of the pier sites
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    Navy Pier - architecture tour at sunset

    by crashonvig Written Apr 14, 2010

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    dont miss the architecture tour that takes your along the river into chicago downtown. And try to do this at sunset so that by the time you are half way into it , the city lights up and i loved it ... dont forget your jacket , its get cold in the night.

    you will also get to learn some of city's architectural history in the tour.

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    Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows - FREE

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 23, 2010

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    Inside the Navy Pier is this wonderful museum with FREE admission - a permanent collection of over 150 stained glass windows and doors, including some made by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge, and some made in Chicago. A beautiful display, easy to maneuver, includes several "specialized" alcoves displaying the work of Tiffany, and religious scenes to name a couple.

    I loved this and was totally captivated - I took over 80 photographs in the museum...

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    Navy Pier - a Chicago Classic

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 23, 2010

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    Chicago's #1 Tourist Attraction (according to the tourism guide), the Navy Pier is a huge entertainment facility in the Streeterville section on Lake Michigan. Lots of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, including an IMAX movie theatre, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Fun House, midway rides (including the iconic Ferris Wheel), a beer garden, convention hall, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows (see separate tip here on VT).

    Admission to the Navy Pier is FREE, but most of the attractions do require a separate admission fee. Lots of Chicago boat, walking, and Segway tours leave from Navy Pier, so it makes for a central meeting place.

    Several stages inside the Pier, including one just outside the Children's Museum, offer free musical entertainment periodically during the day. Lots of fun, and a definite "must see" when you go to Chicago.

    Navy Pier Inside the Navy Pier Navy Pier Conservatory at Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
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    Great for a family day !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Feb 9, 2010

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    The Navy Pier the most popular tourist site in Chicago. It is a must to do for those with families... with small kids.... located just east of the loop area. This place has small amusement rides for the kids and various family style restaurants. Prices aren't as bad as one might think, but it's not for the romantic getaway for single adults looking for fun !!!! Perfect for families, I can't stress that enough !!!!!

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    Navy Pier

    by winnietankl Written Nov 1, 2009

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    First of all get a map and brochures from the Family Pavillion. They have a few boat rides to choose from depands on what you like and your budget. Navy Pier IMAX Theatre has a big screen with capacity of 440. The Chicago Children's Museum just upstairs of the IMAX Theatre. If your time is limited make sure you take the Ferries Wheel, it is the best among all.

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  • Navy Pier

    by citygirl05 Written Jul 14, 2009

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    One of the funnest place in the city. It is definitely a place for people of all ages. It has some great stores you can go into and get stuff from. Plus since it's right on the lake you can get a great view. Children love this place. The museum thing is really cool for younger kids. The rides outside are the best part for young adults. And everyone wants to go on the Navy Pier ferris wheel. You can get one of the best views of the city from the top of the ferris wheel. A warning though. If you are afraid of heights this ride may not be for you. It is worth going on the ride but it is very high. A great family place to go to.

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    Navy Pier Swings & Carousel

    by BeatChick Written Jun 28, 2009

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    So my son suckered me into riding the Swings which at the time didn't seem so terrible. I used to ride them all the time and had no issues. In fact, I used to be a huge amusement park buff! But now that I'm older and have read horror stories of deaths on such rides I'm a bit more fearful. Hence, my terrifying ride on the swings. LOL - all I could think about was the chain snapping and flinging me, seat and all, into Lake Michigan!

    If you time it right you can ride the Ferris Wheel and be off in time to watch the fireworks or, better yet, watch them from the ride itself! We purchased tix at about 9:15, rode the swings and then the Ferris Wheel and were finished an hour later. The 2-ride combo costs $18.

    Navy Pier is easily accessed via their free Trolley system (easiest access is on Grand Ave across the street at the Red Line Grand station):
    http://www.navypier.com/visit_us/pdf/trolleystoproute.pdf

    Photos: May 23, 2009

    Wave Swinger Wave Swinger from Ferris Wheel Musical Carousel from Ferris Wheel
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    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    by BeatChick Updated Jun 28, 2009

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    Probably the first thing you think of when you think Navy Pier is their famous Ferris Wheel. Albeit, it's not the original Ferris Wheel invented for the Chicago World's Fair but it is a a fair representation.

    The slow-moving ride lasts for 7 minutes once around. The large gondolas seat up to 6 passengers and provide glorious views of the Chicago skyline and of Navy Pier boardwalk below (please see 3-5). The 2-ride combo costs $18.

    If you time it right you can ride the Ferris Wheel and be off in time to watch the fireworks or, better yet, watch them from the ride itself! We purchased tix at about 9:15, rode the swings and then the Ferris Wheel and were finished an hour later.

    Navy Pier is easily accessed via their free Trolley system (easiest access is on Grand Ave across the street at the Red Line Grand station):
    http://www.navypier.com/visit_us/pdf/trolleystoproute.pdf

    Photos: May 23, 2009 (some photos taken by Ian, my son, on my camera)

    Ferris Wheel - Great pic for a camera phone! Ferris Wheel Navy Pier Boardwalk from Ferris Wheel Chicago Skyline from Ferris Wheel Hancock Building from Ferris Wheel
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    Navy Pier

    by BeatChick Updated Jun 28, 2009

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    Navy Pier at night provides a carnival-like atmosphere with its rides (Ferris Wheel, Swings, Carousel), Fireworks, and sightseeing tours which makes it a great place to bring the kids. It's also a place that allows outdoor drinking along the pier (alcohol not allowed outside Navy Pier entrance) so keep a sharp eye on those kidlets!

    Navy Pier is easily accessed via their free Trolley system (easiest access is on Grand Ave across the street at the Red Line Grand station):
    http://www.navypier.com/visit_us/pdf/trolleystoproute.pdf

    Photos: May 23, 2009

    Navy Pier from Ferris Wheel Navy Pier from Ferris Wheel Navy Pier Boardwalk Navy Pier Boardwalk Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
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