The Navy Pier in ChicagoThe Navy Pier is located on Lake Michigan east of the downtown area. The Pier first opened in 1916 and was intended to be a shipping and entertainment area. During World War I and II, the pier was used as a military training site. Today the Navy Pier is a
Crystal Gardens at the Navy Pier in ChicagoThe Crystal Gardens are located on the east end of the Family Pavilion. The Garden is a one-acre indoor palm court enclosed in a glass atrium. The 70 plus palm trees, flora and seating all provide a relaxing atmosphere to relax and view the Pier, ferris wheel, Chicago skyline, musical carousel and the "leap-frog" fountains. The Crystal Garden
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and CarouselMcDonalds sponsored the 150-foot high Ferris Wheel. The Pier's wheel has 40 gondolas which seat six passengers each. In the evening the 40 spokes of the wheels are illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights... spanning a diameter of 140 feet. The Ferris wheel is open year-round, with weather permitting. The musical carousel which was designed exclusively for the Navy Pier is located near the Ferris wheel. and is fashioned from the 1920's. There are 36 hand-painted animals, horses, chariots, frogs, and more. The musical
Skyline Stage Ice Skating Rink and Putt Putt Golf at the Navy PierThe new Skyline Stage ice skating rink is a covered roof structure towering 100-feet in the air. Whether a beginner or a professional skater... this is the perfect place no matter the weather. The rink is open daily with skate rentals available. The Pier's new 18-hole miniature golf course is placed at the base of the Ferris wheel. Included in the fair is a Loews cinaplex IMAX Theatre, Chicago's Children's Museum, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows (first museum in the United
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