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Hotels in Chicago near Navy Pier

Navy Pier Introduction

With nearly 9 million visitors every year, the Navy Pier is the top leisure destination in the Midwest. The 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan was opened to the public in 1916, and 2 years later was renamed Navy Pier to honor World War I naval veterans. The pier was aptly named as it became a training center for the Navy during WWII. It now has 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions, and exhibition facilities, and is known for its landmark ferris wheel, which was updated in 2016.

Hotels near Navy Pier

A stroll off the pier towards the Magnificent Mile will take you to a wide selection of hotels. Here you can find luxury, high-rise 5-star hotels with city and lake views, as well as urban 3-star and 4-star hotels with added amenities. Most have dining and indoor pools, and many have spas. There are several hotels just north of Grant Park. These vary considerably in price, and include straightforward 3-star options and upscale 4-star hotels. The best deals can be found during Chicago’s chilly winter months.

Where to stay near Navy Pier

The pier is in the Streeterville neighborhood, which features many hotels, diverse restaurants, and cafes, plus the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. There are even more art galleries in River North; only Manhattan has a higher concentration of galleries. Many of the sights of Chicago can be found in The Loop, the Downtown area set within a raised train-line loop. This is a vibrant area with a wealth of cafes, bars, shops, and hotels, as well as Grant Park. Just to the north is the Art Deco-influenced Uptown, a trendy area with jazz clubs and Broadway theaters.

Things to see near Navy Pier

The Navy Pier offers plenty to keep families occupied, with an IMAX cinema, a ferris wheel, and the Chicago Children's Museum. If you leave the pier and turn left over the river, the iconic Grant Park has many well-known sights, such as Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute, and Millennium Park, which features inventive public art works. Grant Park is known as "Chicago's front yard." Nature-lovers may enjoy the Shedd Aquarium at the end of the park. North of the pier is the free-entry Lincoln Park Zoo.

How to get to Navy Pier

Lake Shore Drive (U.S. 41) goes right past the entrance to the pier and there are parking garages which hold up to 1,500 vehicles. As driving in the center of Chicago can be difficult, you may want to consider public transportation. The L train (elevated train) is cheap and easy to use, and there's also a comprehensive bus system with a handy Navy Pier Terminal. To travel in style, take a seasonal water taxi from the pier and ride along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. There also are two main airports - O’Hare International Airport (18.2 miles), and Midway International Airport (12.9 miles).

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