Red sky at night is a sailor's delight, but red sky at morning means the ship's been steered inside a volcano. Ride life's waves with this Groupon.
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- $11 for one adult dockside boarding ticket to Tall Ships Chicago 2013 on Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9 ($25 value)
- $13 for one adult dockside boarding ticket to Tall Ships Chicago 2013 on Saturday, August 10 ($25 value)
- $12 for one adult dockside boarding ticket to Tall Ships Chicago 2013 on Sunday, August 11 ($25 value)
Celebrating the towering ships whose wooden hulls ruled the waves before the advent of mechanical propulsion, Tall Ships Chicago 2013 delights nautical aficionados with tours aboard the sea crafts. Throughout the weekend, nine tall ships sit open for visits, from the diminutive, 72-foot brigantine Pathfinder, to the majestic, 210-foot SS Sørlandet, the oldest full-rigged ship still sailing. The schooner Hindu is also on hand, which ferried spices from India during the Golden Age of Sail. On several evenings, fireworks will light up the shimmering waves and rippling sails with bursts of fiery luminescence.
Originally part of architect Daniel Burnham's ambitious "Plan of Chicago" drafted in 1909, Navy Pier was designed to handle both recreational and freight traffic for the burgeoning metropolis. Its role quickly changed when it began serving as a barracks and training facility during two World Wars—it earned its nickname because of the more than 200 planes that littered the lake bottom around the pier, lost during exercises and sunk to intimidate fish with military technology. In the decades that followed, the pier was home to a University of Illinois campus, a convention center, and a venue for citywide festivals before falling into disuse. This ended in 1989, when the state moved to transform the venerable pier into one of Chicago's foremost tourist attractions.
Reopened in 1995, the revamped Navy Pier boasts 50 acres of parks, restaurants, shops, and entertainment, scenically located along Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Chicago River. The pier's most striking denizen is its 150-foot-tall ferris wheel, whose glittering lights slowly rotate above the water and frame a beautiful view of the city's skyscrapers for riders. Other attractions include a towering IMAX screen that shows educational films and Hollywood blockbusters, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which treats audiences to bold stagings of the Bard's greatest hits.