By Chalen Garrett
Construction began on Navy Pier in 1914 and
ended in 1916.
The original Ferris wheel was 264 feet tall and offered ten to twenty-minute rides. More than 1.4 million people paid the fifty-cent fee to take a ride on the wheel.
~Chicago's Ferris Wheel Story
Navy Pier opened to the public in 1916 as ´Municipal Pier´.
Opened to the Public
The Pier's Golden Age lasted from 1918 to 1930. At this time, the pier was equipped with tons of attractions for every member of the family. ~Kogan
The Pier's Golden Age
In 1927, the pier was renamed "Navy Pier" as a tribute to the Navy personnel who served in World War II.
The Pier's New Name
The pier soon played an important role in military preparations, housing soldiers barracks, a Red Cross station, and even a detention center for draft dodgers.
From 1946 to 1965, Navy Pier was home to the University of Illinois in Chicago and more than 100,000 students attended classes during that time.
University of Illinois in Chicago
The school outgrew its maximum capacity and had to expand its campus to the pier, where it stayed until 1965 when the new "Circle Campus" was built.
~Navy Pier | Cool Facts, Riley
In 1977, City Hall named Navy Pier as a Chicago Landmark
Between the years of 1978 and 1982, Navy Pier was host to “Chicago Fest”, a summer music festival full of food, fun, and festivities
Not a lot of money was spent on anything except the fair at this time. Because of this, there was a lot of crime going on on the pier.
Before the piers second golden age in 1995, $200 million was spent on a renovation of the pier.