History of Navy Pier and General Information

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Location of the Navy Pier

The Navy Pier 1,010 meters long (3,300 feet) on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in the city of Chicago. Navy Pier is in Chicago and located between the Grand Avenue and Illinois at 600 E Grand Avenue, Illinois. The pier is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the community area of Near North Side. Currently, the Navy Pier encompasses over fifty acres of gardens, parks, restaurants, shops, exhibition facilities and family attraction. The pier is the top tourism destination just like Buckingham Fountain in the Midwestern region of the United States of America and the number one leisure destination in Chicago.

History of the Navy pier

In the year 1909, Chicago’s most famous city planner, Daniel Burham wanted Chicago to have a number of piers for entertainment and shipping. Only one pier was built from his plans and it was put at the Chicago River’s mouth. The construction of the Navy Pier began in 1914 and after incurring 4.5 million US Dollars in building, the pier was ready for use by the public.

Navy Pier has always been a population destination and an icon throughout much of the region’s history. The place was opened to the general public in the year 1916. Originally, it was named the “Municipal pier”. The Navy Pier was built under Charles Sumner Frost, a nationally known Architect on the basis of the “Master Plan of Chicago” developed by Daniel Burnham.

In the year 1927, the Municipal pier was renamed to be officially known as the “Navy Pier” as a tribute to the US Navy personnel who during the World War 1 were housed under the Pier. The Pier also served as a recruit barracks during the same World War 1.

In preparation for the World War II, the Navy opened the pier up for other military training programs. These training included; training military personnel to become; metal smiths, technicians of diesel engine and mates to aviation mechanists. The United States navy moved out of the Navy Pier in 1946.

The pier was designated as a landmark of Chicago in the year 1977. In the year 1994, the Navy Pier was redeveloped and improvements were made to almost all of its aspects. It was then reopened in July 1995 and started offering eclectic and diverse experience for visitors. The pier attracts people from all over the world as it is located in a unique setting in the world.

The Navy Pier parking

Navy Pier has an humble parking that facilitates self-parking as well as assisted parking. For those who wish to park by themselves, the pier management recommends you to park in the East Garage with the use of door number 10 for easy access to Seadog.

Parking at Navy Pier is made easy, fast and effective with two on-site garages for parking; the East Garage and the West Garage whereby both are connected to the Navy Pier. These garages are operated by the Standard Parking system which enables the two garages to accommodate 1,500 vehicles.

The East Garage has a 7’9” maximum height clearance and thus, individuals with oversized vans and trucks are advised to park there. The maximum clearance for the West garage is 6’3”. Navy Pier is a very secure place and to enhance and contribute to the safety and security of all people, all vehicles are subject to thorough search.

The institution through Spot Hero parking offers online reservation of the parking space for its customers. You can park in advance with the leading parking reservation in the nation using the reservation app.

Navy Pier References

Caputo, A. C. (2010). Digital video surveillance and security. Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier.

Bukowski, D. (2016). Navy Pier: A Chicago landmark. Chicago: Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority.

Driving Directions

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Autohaus

2321 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60614