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Navy Pier: A Chicago Landmark

Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic Chicago landmark steeped in history. Learn more about the first 100 years of "the People's Pier."

  • 1.

    Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

    Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

    Also called the "Chicago Breakwater Light" the CHL is located  at the northern end of the breakwater.

  • 2.

    Navy Anchor

    Navy Anchor

    This 8-ton anchor installed on Navy Pier in 1995 was from the U.S.S. Chicago.

  • 3.

    Nautical History

    Nautical History

    From steamships to speedboats, explore Navy Pier's 100 years of nautical history.

  • 4.

    Aon Grand Ballroom

    Aon Grand Ballroom

    Navy Pier's historic ballroom features an 80-foot domed ceiling and panoramic lakefront views.

  • 5.

    Dime Pier

    Dime Pier

    The remains of this historic fishing pier can be seen from Navy Pier's South Dock.

  • 6.

    Naval History

    Naval History

    In 1927, "Municipal Pier" was renamed "Navy Pier" to honor the naval veterans who served in WWI.

  • 7.

    UIC History

    UIC History

    A two-year undergraduate division of UIC opened on Navy Pier to serve returning war veterans in 1946.

  • 8.

    Head House History

    Head House History

    Learn the history of the iconic main entrance to Navy Pier.

  • 9.

    The Burnham Plan

    The Burnham Plan

    The Burnham Plan transformed Chicago's lakefront into an attractive & useful public space.

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