Monday, March 4, 2013

Navy Pier, Chicago

An afternoon at the Pier! 

A photo fest by Mia K

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier started in 1916 as a commercial pier and a public gathering place for picnics, with a dance hall, a playground, and an auditorium (complete with a radio station).
From 1941 to 1946 the grounds were used as a Navy Training Center.
The University of Illinois had its facilities there 1946-65.

Since then, the Pier has resumed a recreational function -conveniently close to downtown. Available from the dock are sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and a taxi service; fireworks light up the sky Wednesdays and Saturdays on summer nights and Saturdays in the fall. There are festivals for Halloween and Christmas, and fairs throughout the year.

All ages can enjoy the Children's Museum, IMAX theater, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows!

at the entrance to Navy Pier Park

anchor from naval vessel USS Chicago

hot air balloon ride waiting to take off

up, up...

 and away!

sailor boy with brother and dad

pirates recruiting
-tempting, no?

swings surrounded by a "pond" with row boats

no pier is complete without a Ferris wheel!

skyline view from 150 ft (46m)

winding down 

... into the evening at Navy Pier

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