I crossed another Chicago bucket-list item off last weekend.
Some people say not to visit Navy Pier on a weekend, or ever, because it’s teeming with tourists. Despite the crowds, Charlsy and I enjoyed the Ferris wheel ride on Saturday as part of our whirlwind weekend of tourist activities. The line was a little long but actually moved quickly. The speakers blasted songs by Britney Spears and TLC, among other artists, while we waited.
Like at most tourist attractions in Chicago, a photo is taken beforehand. The location of the photo is a little odd; you can only see the bottom of the Ferris wheel and can’t really tell where you are. The photo wasn’t something I’d spend $20-30 on. You’re then ready to board for the 7-minute ride. From afar, it looks like the wheel isn’t even moving, but when you’re on it, you feel like it moves too quickly.
From 150 feet high you can see the impressive Chicago skyline and boats on Lake Michigan to the east.
The Ferris wheel is a fun activity to do when friends are visiting, but not something I’ll do regularly. I wouldn’t try to grab lunch on the pier on a weekend either; we were quoted a 1-hour wait at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and other restaurants on the pier looked just as busy. I will be back, though, because I simply must see the skyline views at night.
Now it’s time to get ready for another Chicago weekend. See you Monday, weekend warriors!
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