Navy Pier, located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction. Originally built as a pier, it proved to be much more successful as a public gathering place, and was used as a public playground consisting of numerous picnicking areas, dining pavilions, a dance hall, auditorium, and children’s playground. In the 1950s, over 3.2 million people would visit the pier. Today, the Navy Pier continues to serve visitors, with attractions including sightseeing tours, Shoreline Sightseeing cruises, the Ferris Wheel, IMAX Theater, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Covering more than 50 acres, Navy Pier offers visitors a Chicago luxury car rental numerous parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and entertainment. It is also a prime venue for reception space and meetings.
Rides and Attractions
Navy Pier is home of numerous rides and attractions which visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental will enjoy! The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is a seven minute ride on a 150 foot high Ferris Wheel, open year round, and seats up to 6 passengers in one gondola. At night, the Ferris Wheel is a beautiful sight to see when it is all lit up! The Musical Carousel recreates the 1920s, with 36 hand painted animals. Guests in a Chicago luxury car rental have the option to ride the Wave Swinger, which is an old fashioned swing. Seating 45 people, visitors are lifted 14 feet in the air and view the pier in a different angle! The 18 Hole Miniature Gold Course is themed around Chicago and is a fun activity for visitors to partake in! Remote Control Boats are located at Navy Pier’s Pier Park, and guests are able to maneuver the boats themselves! The Light Tower Ride is a 13 foot ride that bounces you up to top and back down! All rides (excluding the Ferris Wheel which is $6.00) are $5.00 per person. Family Combo Tickets are also available, 10 rides for $35 or 5 rides for $10.
Museums at Navy Pier
Located at Navy Pier, Chicago Children’s Museum has numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs for children to learn about a variety of subjects, including math, science, reading, the arts, culture and much more! Visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental have the option to build a dam in WaterWays, create a flying machine in Inventing Lab, enjoy an outdoor adventure in Tree house Trails, or build a skyscraper in Skyline. Another museum at the Navy Pier is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. The Smith Museum displays over 150 stained glass window, and is the only permanent display museum in the United States that is dedicated only to stained glass windows. The stained glass represents different time periods and illustrates varying artistic styles. Open Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a beautiful place for travelers in a Chicago luxury car rental to visit!
Dining and Shopping at Navy Pier
Navy Pier has numerous restaurants for guests in a Chicago luxury car rental to choose from. With an emphasis on excellent cuisine and variety, there are restaurants targeted from to a family oriented atmosphere to a romantic atmosphere, and everything in between. Some popular restaurants include Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump, Capi’s Italian Kitchen, Dock Street Caf? Haagen-Daza, Harry Caraay’s, and Riva Caf? The shopping at Navy Pier is sure to be a unique and memorable experience! Visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental are able to explore the wide array of stores, offering everything from apparel and accessories to souvenirs, to gifts and collectibles, toys and games, and so on. Some of their famous stores include DC’s Mad Hatter, Earthly Elements, Sun Coolers, Sunglass Hut International, Build-A- Bear Workshop, Temporary Tattoos and many more!
To learn more about Navy Pier, visit their website at www.navypier.com or call (312) 595-PIER.