Navy pier is Chicago’s Lakefront Treasure; People’s Pier. Navy Pier is a non-profit corporation founded in 2011 to preserve Navy Pier and oversee the reconstructions of one of the most important municipal landmarks in the United States.
Navy Pier is a 3,300ft long pier on the Chicago coast line of Lake Michigan. It is situated in the Streeterville. At present, Navy Pier surrounds more than 50 acres of parks, family attractions and exhibition facilities, gardens, shops, restaurants and is one of the topmost destinations in the Middle East’s United States.
Navy Pier was opened to the public on 15 July 1916. Originally known as the “Municipal Pier”, the pier was built by Charles Sumner Frost, an architect of national renown, with a project based on the Plan of Chicago (1909) by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett. Its original purpose was to serve as a pier for transport, passenger traffic and indoor and outdoor recreational activities; events such as exhibitions and shows were held there.
The attractions of Navy Pier include guided tours by companies such as Seadog Ventures, Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises and the Water Taxi service, and the “Windy” high ship. There are also dinner cruises by Entertainment Cruises on their ships: Spirit of Chicago, Odyssey II and Mystic Blue. The pier has fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturday nights during the summer and Saturday nights during the fall. There are many outdoor attractions at the Navy Pier Park, such as the Pepsi Wave Swinger, the Light Tower Ride, the boat remote control and the carousel. Chicago’s amazing maze is on the dock. It’s a full-blown labyrinthine experience, in which a person navigates through the tunnels and mazes of 4,000 square feet. Crystal Gardens is an acre botanical garden within the pier. It is a six-story glass atrium with a 50-foot vaulted ceiling. Many events take place here. The Chicago Children’s Museum is a part of the pier, with numerous exhibits and activities for children and adults. Chicago Shakespeare Theater that re-creates Shakespeare’s productions. The pier also has an IMAX theater.
Many outdoor art installations are displayed on the pier. The USS Chicago ship anchor (CA-136 / CG-11) is exposed at the end. Other installations include a statue of actor Bob Newhart on a sofa as seen on The Bob Newhart Show, the statue of Captain On The Helm dedicated to sea captains, and the Crack the Whip sculpture of eight children at play by J. Seward Johnson Jr. Without riding the amazing biggest Ferris wheel at the pier, the visit is totally incomplete. The Centennial Wheel of Navy Pier is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a precious piece of Chicago’s cultural history. Rising to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors incomparable 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
It is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwest and is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago.
Many people are ignorant of the fact that numerous, delicious restaurants are right here on the pier! Many people see the food court and think so, but there are many restaurants that serve different types of cuisine. You can go and eat fish in one or Mexican in another. It’s your decision!