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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.

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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

Navy Pier is always a great place to visit. The Tall Ships is definitely something to experience at least once. Navy Pier is a family friendly place. Lots to do. Plenty to see. Beautiful Lake Michigan on top of it.
Linda B. · August 12, 2013
Love Navy Pier in the summer... so much to do and eat... great place
Andree M. · August 10, 2013
Had a very nice time
Sharon T. · August 10, 2013

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