Just a short walk from the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago's Navy Pier is a can't miss destination for anyone staying in downtown Chicago. Originally built in 1916, the pier was designed to function as a place where industry, commerce, and the general public could intersect in a single location. Stretching out into Michigan Today, it serves as a major tourist attraction and is home to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Many of these windows were salvaged from local mansions following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Along with shoreline cruises and tours, guests staying at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza can enjoy the wide variety of activities available on Navy Pier. Exhibitions and conventions frequently take place at Navy Pier along with concerts, seasonal festivals, and other major events. The giant Ferris wheel is another major attraction, as is the local children's museum which is also located there. The pier features a large public lawn that showcases giant art sculptures and is home to an interactive animated fountain which was designed by WET, the same company responsible for the famous Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, Nevada. With over 50 acres of gardens, restaurants, parks, shops, and more, this piece of paradise in the city is an ideal place to spend a day in Chicago.
After a long day at Navy Pier, visitors can watch the fireworks display, which takes place on Wednesday and Saturday nights in the summer and on Saturdays in the fall. Too tired to stay and watch the display at the pier? Guests at the Mart Plaza can view the fireworks from our atrium lobby which is fifteen floors above street level.