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After a long winter, the sun has finally emerged, and everyone’s favorite lakefront hangout is once again in full swing!

Hop on all the rides in Pier Park and spend the entire day enjoying everything Navy Pier has to offer. Located on the upper deck between the Crystal Gardens and the Pepsi Skyline Stage, Pier Park is an outdoor amusement area with a variety of rides and attractions. The Wave Swinger is a guest favorite and an exhilarating thrill ride, or choose the Carousel if you fancy a more relaxing experience. The Light Tower Ride is a fun choice for kids, and The Links Mini Golf Course is the perfect date activity. Of course, nothing compares to the spectacular views from the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel!

Modeled after the world’s first Ferris wheel constructed for Chicago’s 1893 World Columbian Exposition, the wheel has 40 six-passenger gondolas and takes seven minutes for one rotation. The Ferris wheel is just $7, and all other rides are $6. Value options are also available and include a You-Ride-2 ticket for $12 and a 10-ride family share pass for $49.

Be sure to stay for the cherry on top of any visit. Twice every week, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, Navy Pier hosts a free, awe-inspiring fireworks show above Lake Michigan. Synchronized to beautiful music and filled with bursts of brilliant color, the fireworks are the perfect way to end your visit and can be enjoyed from the Pier or onboard an evening cruise ship.

Fireworks displays light up the night at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:15 p.m. on Saturdays; be sure to check the full schedule when planning your visit.

Between the attractions of Pier Park and the mesmerizing fireworks, Navy Pier is the place to be for lakefront fun! We’ll see you this summer!

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