Perhaps one of the most visited landmarks on Chicago’s lakefront, Navy Pier is a one-of-a-kind destination that should be on everyone’s Chicago bucket list. Just an eight-minute ride or about 30 minutes by foot from 360 CHICAGO, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, is a magnificent 3,300-foot-long pier on Lake Michigan’s shoreline that dates back to 1916. Originally known as “Municipal Pier,” it was designed as a hub for freight boats, passenger vehicle, and an array of events including expos, conferences, and pageants.
Located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, today it is one of the most popular attractions in the Midwest, housing over 50 acres of fun for the whole family. With an impressive roster of dining options including restaurants such as Riva Crabhouse, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill, and The Billy Goat Tavern, hungry travelers will find something that will please every palate. An exciting variety of parks, shopping options, walkable gardens, and more line the pier.
In 2019, Navy Pier welcomed a massive outdoor patio billed as the largest rooftop deck in the U.S. Offshore Rooftop & Bar is a 36,000 square-foot patio built on the third floor rooftop of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.
There’s no lack of entertainment value at Navy Pier! Live outdoor music, docks to some of the city’s best lakeshore cruise, tours and boat rides, interactive games, shops, and cultural attractions including the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Children’s Museum are all on the docket. The Centennial Wheel, the showstopping centerpiece of Navy Pier, thrills riders year-round. The illuminated 196-foot-high Ferris Wheel can seat over 500 people at a time, towering over Chicago’s scenic shoreline and Navy Pier itself.