The Navy Pier TrolleyChicago's Navy Pier is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and is the Windy City's main tourist attraction. The pier is located in the Streeterville area of the Near North Side took two years to construct (between 1914 and 1916), and was the largest of it's kind when completed. It was used mostly for armed services personnel, but soon grew as an entertainment complex and recreational facility. Its use changed again and again over the years: training complex during the Second World War, college classroom for the University of Illinois, and yet again a public meeting place in the 1970's and 1980's. Major renovations in the 1990's transformed the pier into Chicago's premier attraction, encompassing more than 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, and amusements.
The Navy Pier free trolley runs between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer-by far, the pier's busiest season. The trolley stops at designated intersections along its route through the Streeterville district, so all you have to do is hop off when you need to. Find yourself a parking space and hop on the trolley to enjoy all the attractions of the Pier hassle-free.