Navy Pier Walk is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Chicago, Illinois. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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Navy Pier has been through a lot since it opened in 1916 as an entertainment venue and Great Lakes cargo facility. During its life, the pier has housed soldiers, the Red Cross and civil defense units, served as a Naval training center and provided a home for the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. Today it is the Midwest's premier tourist destination. Built as Municipal Pier #2, Navy Pier was a part of the visionary Plan for Chicago developed by Daniel Burnham in the early part of the 20th century. That plan called for five piers, but this is the only one ever built. Construction took two years and cost $4.5 million. When it opened in 1916, the 3,300-foot-long (1,010 meters) Navy Pier was the largest pier in the world. The pier was designed to serve shippers on Lake Michigan and provide a cool public gathering place for citizens in those pre-air-conditioning days. Although the proliferation of cars and trucks undercut the pier's role as a shipping facility, it thrived as an entertainment venue in the 1920s and '30s. At one point the pier had its own streetcar line, a theater and an emergency room. In 1927 it was officially renamed Navy Pier in honor of the Naval personnel who were stationed there during the war. From 1965-1990, the pier languished. It was used for exhibits and special events. In 1989 control of the pier was turned over to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which oversaw its $200 million rejuvenation. Navy Pier is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas and there is rarely a time during the summer when it is not teeming with people. Hoping to bring in crowds during Chicago's frigid winters, when it can be bone-chillingly cold at the lakefront, Navy Pier also is home to Winter Wonderfest in December. During the summer, there are fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night.

walking
11 months ago

Fun walk along the pier with great city views and views of Lake Michigan. Lots of shops and activities.

hiking
Wed Apr 24 2019

Took a walk on the pier. Got some construction going on for another year or so. Not many places opened up for the season. Never been here in the summer, but I think it might actually be nice to see it when it's hopping and there's a lot of activity

walking
Mon Nov 12 2018

Touristy trek that has great views of the lake and city skyline.

walking
Fri Nov 02 2018

Nice tourist stop in the city. You get what is expected here.

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

An easy stroll appropriate for any time of the day and any type of person. If you're going in the summer I suggest looking on their website before as they often have bands playing, boat tours or firework displays!

walking
Fri Aug 17 2018

Crowded and commercial, still gives you good flavor and nice sites.

hiking
Tue Jun 05 2018

It's a walk on a pier, in the middle of a big city, with lots of commercial establishments for dining, drinking and boat tours. For an urban scene and people watching, it's a nice stroll.

walking
Fri Aug 19 2016

Very easy walk along the pier and the lake. Beautiful views, along with a nice breeze off of the water. Lots to see and do!

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8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

recorded Navy Pier Walk

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8 months ago

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

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Thu May 02 2019

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Wed Mar 20 2019

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