Where Chicago comes to have fun

Catch a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Or grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants on the waterfront. Visit Chicago Children’s Museum for some fascinating history. Or just stroll along the manicured area known as Pier Park. There are plenty of reasons to hop off at Navy Pier.

The landmark is a firm favorite with Chicago residents, and the fun goes on all day long. It was originally designed by architect Daniel Burnham, who also built the World’s Fair. There are 50 acres of gardens, attractions, shops and restaurants to visit, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time here!

Navy blue past

Here’s a little bit of interesting history for you. At Navy Pier you’re walking in Presidential footsteps. Back in 1942, 15,000 pilots trained here for the Second World War. And one of these young airmen was named George H.W. Bush, the future President of the United States.

Take the wheel

Does that Ferris wheel look a little on the large side? It’s 15 stories high. From up here you get some stunning views of the skyline and the lakefront. It’s modeled on the very first Ferris wheel in Chicago, which was built in 1893. If you want to see it for yourself, we sell tickets on your Chicago Bus Tour.

Other interesting facts about Navy Pier

  • To this day, over 200 World War II planes still rest at the bottom of Lake Michigan due to accidents during pilot training
  • Chicago’s first ever Ferris wheel was built for the World’s Columbian Exposition
  • Navy Pier’s architect wanted to have five piers in Chicago, but this is the only one ever built
  • It was originally called Municipal Pier, but the name was changed in 1927 to commemorate navy veterans of World War 1