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The Real Center of the City

Ever since the Navy Pier was built a hundred years ago, it was meant to be both a commercial shipping facility and a place for public entertainment. Now, it is just a central part of what makes Chicago great that it boasts nearly 9 million visitors each year, making it the most-visited leisure destination in the entire Midwest. Don't let those numbers worry you, however; the Navy Pier offers so many opportunities for enjoyment that you'll enjoy the company.

There is constantly something to see or do. From the festivals and fairs to art exhibitions, the annual celebration of Tall Ships and lake cruises, it's a constant, amazing place to visit. Attend a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre or visit the Chicago Children's Museum. Restaurants and cafes are scattered throughout the Pier, so you can always take a break between exploring where Chicago goes to enjoy life.

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