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Navy Pier: 5 Things You Never Knew

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Navy Pier is Chicago’s number one tourist destination—and also a haven for locals looking to take in the views and fun. Here’s a guide to the top five things you never about Navy Pier Chicago’s 50 acres of parks, promenades and attractions.

Sports Museum on Navy Pier

Bearing the name of the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier offers a one-of-a-kind drinking and dining experience and is home to the Chicago Sports Museum, a repository of Chicago sports history and memorabilia that includes artifacts, photographs and vintage newspapers celebrating all Chicago sports legends. Harry's Caray Tavern Navy Pier’s extensive patio and offers the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and the excitement of Navi Pier and, as an added bonus, their walk-up outdoor island bar offers drinks to go.

Free Entertainment Navy Pier

Every Friday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend, discover something fresh and new at the Dock Street Stage. From jugglers to magicians, choral groups to dance troupes, there's always something happening. Best of all? The live entertainment at the Navi Pier Chicago Dock Street State is free!

Fireworks at Navy Pier

Did you know that Navy Pier offers free summer fireworks? So look up and say ooh, aah as Navy Pier’s Summer Fireworks will light up your night with color and sound all summer long! These spectacular shows are synchronized to the music and begin every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m.  There are also many Navy Pier boat cruises that hit the water offering amazing views of the Navy Pier Fireworks.

Stained Glass Museum Navy Pier

The free Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is located inside Festival Hall on Navy Pier. The museum features a series of galleries with religious inspired works and glorious Tiffany pieces that feature rich colors and intricate designs. There’s even stained glass that features images of Chicago icons like Michael Jordan! See if you can find him amidst the impressive collection.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

While you may have heard about the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, did you know that it dates back to 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and was actually invented here in Chicago? So head over to Pier Park and hop on board the Pier’s most widely-recognized attraction: the 50-foot Ferris wheel. Towering over the docks, you are sure to delight in the grandiose views of the skyline and lake.

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Check out the newest pop up restaurant City Porch, which is located by the stained glass museum. City Porch Chef George Alpogianis has designed the main menu while asking celebrity friends from the popular Top Chef TV series to design guest chef cuisines.