During our stay in Chicago, we managed to drag ourselves away from Gino’s to visit the city’s famous Navy Pier. The pier was just a 20 minute walk from our hotel on E Ohio St, so we decided to walk it and enjoy that early evening summer breeze.
The Navy Pier is made up of restaurants and bars with the likes of Bubba Gump Shrimp and a Margaritaville. Unfortunately our budget didn’t quite stretch for the yummy looking Crab House but we did try something called a twisted lizard?
We wandered up the Pier and took a ride on the Centennial Wheel ($15 pp), which delivered a beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline. You can also jump on a giant swing, a carousel, one of those tower rides that zip you up and down or try your hand at a climbing wall. It is very children orientated so don’t expect thrill rides.
During our visit, the pier was being renovated so we didn’t get to try the new maze experience or visit the crystal gardens that do look stunning. The Pier now offers seasonal ice skating alongside a selection of small museums and boutique shops. Cruises are also available from the pier, ending a perfect evening with your loved ones.
We will be heading back to the pier on our next visit to Chicago to see the new renovations and enjoy an evening watching the sunset over the gorgeous skyline view.