Chicago: Navy Pier


After the deep dish pizza meal at Pizzeria Uno, I headed next to the Navy Pier. It was just a short 20 minutes walk to the pier.

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The Navy Pier is the top tourist attraction in Chicago. It has an air of festivities the closer I got to the pier. It is like the feeling that you’re going to a fair.

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The Navy Pier is almost a hundred years old now. When it was build, it was the longest pier in the world. It was designed to be a shipping and warehouse facility.

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The pier fell into disuse until it was revive as an entertainment complex in the 1990s.

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Actually, I was quite … bored with the place. It is certainly a place where you bring your toddlers and kids.

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Since I was already there, I can’t do justice not having walked all the way to the end of the pier. So I walked … just for the sake of walking to the end of the pier.

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The one of only two things that sort of interest me is the view of the city from the Pier. That tallest building is the unmistakable John Hancock Center. This is the 4th tallest building in Chicago but yet it is second only to the Sears (Willis) Tower in recognition.

At that time I still have not decided which tower to visit. On one hand I want to go up the Sears Tower, that being the tallest in America but a lot of people told me to forget Sears and go to the John Hancock instead. Decisions, decisions.

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I thought the Stained Glass Museum was rather interesting … and it was a lot more cooler in there too. The weather outside was getting to be quite hot and uncomfortable.

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It was only when I was leaving that I realize that there are free trolleys that shuttles between the pier and the main streets.

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At least I can say I’ve been to Navy Pier. It wasn’t too exciting for me. Maybe I was beginning to feel tired after a long day. I just got one more place to visit before calling it a day … next up, the second largest art museum in the US.

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