Navy Pier

Navy Pier

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Tall ships from around the world moor at Navy Pier for a weekend of dockside tours aboard the majestic masted vessels

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Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather. Participating vessels subject to change. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

Navy Pier

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 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. 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. In the past year, Navy Pier has undergone significant renovation and re-imagining as well.

Customer Reviews

5164 Ratings

We went on a very quiet day so we loved it. I've heard it can be very crowded though.
Tracy O. · August 12, 2016
We have made this a family tradition. We love taking our kids to this lovely event. So thankful they have it on Groupon since we are a larger group!
Stephanie B. · June 19, 2016
This was great fun for me and my kids.
Lizette H. · May 28, 2016
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    Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60611

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