The historic Chicago Navy Pier is a great destination for Chicago natives and tourists alike. Set on the beautiful lake front property of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier is a great destination whether you are looking for a tourist attraction or just trying to get out of the house for the day.
Construction of the pier began in 1914 and was completed in 1916. It served as a site to house military units during World War I, and was renamed Navy Pier in honor of the military units that were stationed there during the war. The Navy Pier also served as an important staging area during World War II. Historically it has also served as an important port and staging area for businesses. New Deal agencies met there during the great depression, and it served as an important business hub for years thereafter.
Today, the Navy pier is a great destination for all your entertainment desires! It is a fantastic place for the whole family with tons of entertainment options, including theatres, a fifteen story ferries wheel, and all the dining options that would allow you to enjoy the local cuisine. Locals refer to the Navy Pier as Chicago’s lakefront playground.
Shows and Entertainment – The Navy Pier offers a variety of special seasonal events that you can learn more about through their calendar of events, plus regularly scheduled shows for the whole family. There is an I-max theatre, classical productions from Chicago’s Shakespeare theatre, and the Cirque Shanghai acrobats. Plus there’s a huge variety of fun, family-friendly shows scheduled at the Pepsi stage you can bring the kids to see!
Art – Not only does the Navy Pier offer fun shows and classic productions, the BIGart garden at the Navy Pier features a variety of massive outdoor sculptures and modern art you can bring the family out to enjoy.
Landshark Beer Garden – The Landshark Beer Garden is open to all ages, but is specifically geared towards adult beverages. Landshark Lager offers a variety of microbrews and beers, plus cocktails, frozen drinks, and tons of great food including pizza, hamburgers, Chicago style hot dogs, and Landshark soaked Bratwurst. Plus, there are bands and a summer music festival at the Landshark Beer Garden.
Dining – The Chicago Navy Pier offers a variety of dining options, from local Chicago cuisine to international dining. In addition, you can choose any atmosphere you would like, from romantic to bar scene to family friendly.
Neighborhoods of the World – Soon, the Chicago Navy Pier will offer an international celebration of various cultures, cuisines, and histories. During the Neighborhoods of the world event, Chicago’s Navy Pier will devote one week each to Italy, China, Mexico, Lithuania, India, the Philippines, Greece, and Africa. Neighborhoods of the world is a great way to introduce yourself, your family, and your kids to a huge variety of cultures.