After my daughter and I were finished shopping on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, we then walked over to check out Navy Pier as I had never been there before and I really wanted to see it.
Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot long pier on the Chicago Shoreline of Lake Michigan. I have seen a lot of piers in my lifetime, but this by far was the largest and most beautiful pier I have ever visited.
The entrance to this pier is this gorgeous building which is filled with shops, restaurants, a children's museum, and a atrium.
This is a view of the inside of the Navy Pier building as seen from the escalator going up to atrium. There was some type of construction going on when we were there.
The atrium, called Crystal Gardens is one acre, six story glass atrium with a fifty foot arched ceiling.
There are lots of benches to sit and rest awhile; and we did, as we were exhausted from walking here from the Magnificent Mile.
Now I must admit February is not the best time of the year to go to Navy Pier because most activities are closed for the season. If you ever do get to go to Navy pier, visit during the summer. There are concerts, outdoor food vendors, theatre shows, boat rides, other amusement rides, and fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday evening.
However, even though a lot of things were closed for the season, it was still worth going to see the gorgeous lake view.
The pier is filled from end to end with gorgeous buildings. We peeked inside a few of them, but everything was quite desolate with not much going on in the middle of a winter week day. When I got home I read about all these buildings and discovered that they have a indoor ice rink, an Imax theatre, the Pepsi Skyline Theatre which holds a variety of live events ranging from music and theatre to acrobatic shows, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and even a Funhouse Maze. You can also rent the facility out for conventions, weddings, etc.
But the nice part of visiting the pier on a warm winter day is that you pretty much have the entire pier to yourself! It was so peaceful and quiet; a great opportunity to just soak up the beauty surrounding you!
I am always amazed at how blue the waters of Lake Michigan are. Such a gorgeous view!
By the time we walked all the way to the end of the pier and then stopped inside for a snack, the sun was starting to set for the day. We had a gorgeous view of the sun settling behind the Chicago's sky scrapers as we walked back to our car.
I hope to get back to Navy Pier sometime and hopefully get on that Ferris Wheel and/or see some fireworks or a show. I'm sure I'll have another shot since my kids only live 45 minutes away!
Next week I will finish my Illinois Travel Series with just some random shots and photos of my week. Then I will be taking a ten day blogging break as I am headed to Myrtle Beach! I am so excited! It will be my first real vacation since last May when we headed to Las Vegas. Please pray for safe car travel; it's the only thing I'm really worried about as we had car problems on our last vacation. We are taking the same car which has over 100,000 miles on it and I'm nervous it's going to break down again. I'm also worried about Jackson being separated from us for so long. When I left him for seven days to visit the kids, he was really mad at me....seriously! He wouldn't even come near me! That lasted a about an hour, then he forgave me. But now not only will I be gone, but his 'daddy' as well and he will be staying in someone else's home. So who knows how he will react. It'll be so hard for me to separated from him for so long. How do all of you handle being separated from your pets while on vacation?
Have a great day! Amy
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