It's not only the tourists that love Navy Pier. Many of us life long residents enjoy it as well. This is one of my favorite places to go. I love being here when it's not crowded (trust me, I always know when to avoid crowds even in the middle of July) because you can do so much and just relax and enjoy. I love the boat rides, the outdoor concerts in the summer at the Skyline Stage, the nice restaurants and shops, the gorgeous IMAX theater and especially the carnival rides and miniature golf. And how can not be amazed at the skyline view of the city and the grand ballroom at the end of the Pier. Magnificent!