Most visitors to Chicago see it from only one perspective: from the city looking out over the water. But what would it look like if your vantage point was from out over the water looking down at the city? Just a little bit north of Chicago there is a small airfield where you can rent a plane for the day. We decided to observe our city from a new perch, so we flew over it on a beautiful summer afternoon. You can actually swoop over Wrigleyville and catch the Cubs playing! This particular photo is directly over Navy Pier.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
Chicago's Historic Navy Pier
Opened since 1916, the Navy Pier was originally a cargo shipping and recreation facility. It started to grow in public popularity during the 1920s with the addition of a theatre and streetcar line, and has continued to grow ever since. Today it is "#1 leisure destination in the Midwest," and is home to pier's iconic Ferris Wheel, the Wave Swinger, a mini golf course, the Children's Museum, and other rides and restaurants.
By Diana Smith
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier.
Chicago is one of my all-time favourite cities. Spending part of my summer here with family and friends reminded me why. Chicago is a lesser-known American city (in relation to, say, New York City or Los Angeles), but just as full of life, culture and beauty--if not more. Navy Pier provides the perfect eclectic selection of wonderfulness--from the fountains that children frolic in, to the giantic Kraft macaroni installation, to the shops and scenery. And the suspended hot air balloon. It never leaves Navy Pier, and thus--Chicago. Something I wish I could say too.
By Riley Wilson
Spectacular view of the Navy Pier
Each year I take a short flight to Chicago to enjoy one of my favorite cities in America. While the Navy Pier isn't new to me I enjoyed a lovely new perspective from the window of my hotel.
By Dee Brooks
My Navy Pier Tip
Navy Pier really is a tourist trap. There's not much to do unless you do go up the Ferris Wheel and there are far superior restaurants in the Windy City than Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. BUT, if you must go, try scheduling an architecture boat tour that leaves from Navy Pier. I was glad I was able to kill two birds with one stone. The ferris wheel is pretty, isn't it? A great place to photograph.
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
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