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5 Reasons to Visit Navy Pier Before Heading Back to School

As families and children prepare for school to start again, don’t forget to fit in an exciting day of summer fun. Navy Pier has amazing attractions, programs and more, all on the gorgeous Chicago lakefront, to help your family celebrate the end of summer before homework season, back to school shopping and sports practice begin!

1. Centennial Wheel and Pier Park

Ride the iconic Centennial Wheel with your family for an unforgettable experience as you soar to heights of nearly 200 feet while taking in stunning vistas and enjoying a comfortable, climate-controlled experience. Afterwards, don’t forget to check out all of Pier Park’s rides and attractions.



2. Amazing Chicago Funhouse

Kids will love exploring Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, Chicago’s only self-paced, full sensory maze experience stretching 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Please visit their page for more information on hours of operation & admission.




3. Chicago Children’s Museum

Where play and learning connect, Chicago Children’s Museum will get your family ready for back to school as various exhibits and programs will make them excited to learn and explore while having fun! Please note, the museum will be closed to the public from September 3-6, 2019, so don’t miss visiting before school starts!



4. Dining & Shopping

Nothing says summer quite like a delicious ice cream cone and fun shopping, so bring your family to the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and explore all of the amazing Chicago-centric dining and retail options.




5. Fireworks Finale

Navy Pier is the ultimate destination for spectacular fireworks in Chicago. The final Aon Summer Fireworks will be held on August 28 and August 31 for the perfect ending to your summer before school begins!





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