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On your next road trip to Chicago, Illinois spend a day at the Navy Pier! The “Peoples Pier” is full of fun activities and attractions that everyone will love. The Pier is free and open to the public year round, so no matter what time of year you visit you are sure to have some fun!

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Enjoy a ride on the climate-controlled Centennial Wheel for stunning views of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan. Each season offers a new perspective, making Navy Pier a must-visit!

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If you find yourself at the Navy Pier in the spring to fall months check out the number of other rides and games the pier has to offer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day every Wednesday and Saturday night, enjoy an amazing, free, firework display.

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During the winter holiday season experience Light Up The Lake at Chicagoland’s biggest indoor, temperature-controlled light garden. Hosting more than 600,000 twinkling lights, a 40ft tree, and a 60ft long light tunnel. Skate around the Alpine ice rink, grab a drink at the holiday beer garden, let the kids ride the kiddie train, and go shopping at Santa’s Merry Main Street and gift market.

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Spend a beautiful afternoon having a picnic or watching a concert in the Polk Bros Park; known as the city’s 13 acre front yard. Enjoy some art and a 180 degree view of Lake Michigan from East End Plaza. Take in an award winning show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Have some family fun and learning at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Grab a snack or a meal at one of the many eatery’s the Pier features, and don’t forget dessert! Find the best shopping in the city with everything from t-shirts to fine art.

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The People’s Pier has so much to see and experience, from a relaxing day to a fun packed adventure, plan your next road trip to the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois!

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