My day job required me to spend the daytime hours at Navy Pier today. This journal is not the place to discuss the details of my day job (both out of discretion and my desire to not bore everyone to tears), but happily, we had a lot of free time to wander around after our formal duties had been discharged.
For the uninitiated, Navy Pier is a lakefront center of food and fun. In addition to myriad souvenir shops and restaurants, Navy Pier is also home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, an IMAX theater, and the world-renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among other attractions. On a summer weekend, countless thousands of people spend time at the pier. If you’re not into crowds, you’ve been warned!
I didn’t take a lot of photos today, but there are 4 more lovely scenes
Some impressive cruise ships dock at Navy Pier. This one, to use an old nautical term, is known as a Big Ass Boat.
This photo and the two that follow are from the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. I regard this wonderful place as Navy Pier’s best-kept secret. It never ceases to amaze me how many people I meet who have been to the pier many times and have no idea this place exists. It houses about 150 windows, spanning many different aesthetic styles and eras. Some of my personal favorites to see, though I have not photographed them, are the opulent Tiffany windows and the simple, austere (by comparison) Frank Lloyd Wright windows. If you find yourself at the pier, do yourself a favor and find this place!