As the top leisure destination in the Midwest, Navy Pier is a prized jewel of Chicago and host to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. It originally opened as a shipping recreational facility in 1916 and now serves as one of the county’s most unique entertainment, recreation and exposition facilities. Located right on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier gives visitors more than just a beautiful view but a memorable experience.
The pier offers more than 50 acres of public space, including parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and family attractions. Every year the landmark draws nearly nine million visitors, providing locals and tourists with breathtaking sights of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show has proudly called Navy Pier home many times over the years, starting in 1927.
Throughout the decades, the show made its way around the Chicagoland area—but ultimately returned to Navy Pier in 2009, where it’s been happily held ever since. When you’re planning your trip to the 2017 show, be sure to explore all the pier has offer. For more information, visit Navy Pier’s official website.
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Construction won’t get in the way of your trip! Navy Pier is currently undergoing major renovations as it approached its 100th anniversary in 2016. The redevelopment, being called The Centennial Vision, will seek to enrich the experience of the pier and pier-goers. While under construction, Navy Pier still offers ample parking and continued bus transportation.