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Navy Pier, Chicago

Earlier this fall, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Chicago with my family. We were celebrating an important milestone: my grandma’s birthday!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Josh even made time for us!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

But it wasn’t just my immediate family. My cousins, aunts and uncle all wanted to be part of the celebration too!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Which was awesome, because they’re really fun!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Since it was a beautiful day, we decided to spend it outside at Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks. It was originally built to dock passenger and freight ships, and has since morphed into a popular location for performances, restaurants and shops.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

In the summer, Navy Pier becomes very crowded and touristy. So autumn is the best time to visit, when the air is crisp and there are much less people.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

What is the number one thing that you have to do while at Navy Pier?

Ride on its famous Ferris Wheel of course!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

In fact, the first Ferris Wheel ever was built in Chicago in 1893! I may have convinced one of my cousins that this was the exact same one. But don’t worry cousin, I’m sure it’s sturdy!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We got our tickets and got on board (with our drinks, because we’re Irish).

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The views from the Ferris Wheel are stunning, and a great way to see Chicago from above.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Yep. It was a fun ride.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The other Navy Pier activity that I recommend is riding on a Shoreline Sightseeing boat. It’s a fabulous way to see the Chicago skyline in its glory, from the waters of Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This is how my family does boat tours:

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was a beautiful day to be out on the water.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was so beautiful, in fact, that we couldn’t stop taking pictures. See, it’s a family trait!

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was so nice spending time together again.

My family is fun.

Navy Pier - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information on visiting Chicago’s Navy Pier, click here.

Happy birthday grandma!

~A

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