Most Chicagoans can tell you that you haven’t experienced everything that the Windy City has to offer if you haven’t spent some serious time at Navy Pier. It’s earned its place as the top tourist and leisure destination in the entire Midwest, with more than 8 million people have fun on the shores of Lake Michigan every year. There’s plenty to do when you’re at Navy Pier, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options; to that end, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to spend your time at this Chicago ico

#1 Fireworks
Navy Pier features a’regular schedule of fireworks’throughout the summer, along with a spectacular show on New Year’s Eve. It’s a tremendous sight to take in, whether you’re with your friends, your family, or that special someone

#2 Cruises
Navy Pier offers sightseeing and dinner cruises, in addition to private charters in case you want to throw a private party out on the water. Have we mentioned that the fireworks look even better if you’re seeing them from a boat against the backdrop of the beautiful Chicago skyline?

#3 The Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The Chicago Shakespeare Theater calls Navy Pier its home, offering an entertaining dose of high culture for those who want to take in the works of the Bard. Don’t think their projects are limited to Shakespearean classics, though ‘ they put on a diverse variety of shows from a broad cross-section of playwrights.

#4 Navy Pier’s IMAX Theatre
Catch the latest blockbuster between events during your time at Navy Pier.

#5 The Landshark Beer Garden
This seasonal outdoor beer garden in a great way to enjoy a Landshark Lager and some pub fare while enjoying the view and a nice breeze on a summer night in Chicago.

#6 Three Outdoor Stages
Navy Pier’s outdoor stages feature a variety of shows and performers that are free to enjoy if you’re passing through.

#7 Rides Galore
There’s a reason Navy Pier is considered Chicago’s playground. One look at the 150-foot Navy Pier Ferris Wheel should tell you that much. Hop on for an amazing view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

#8 The Chicago Children’s Museum
Check out three floors of exhibits that are sure to delight your kids. A fantastic choice for families.

#9 Segway Experience of Chicago
The Windy City’s only Segway-authorized touring company is based at Navy Pier and offers you a fun, comfortable way of checking out some of Chicago’s most recognizable sights.

#10 Restaurants and Shopping
You’ll find plenty of great food and tons of great stores at which to pick up a memento of your trip to Chicago at Navy Pier!


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