Jutting 1,010 metres (3,300 feet) out into Lake Michigan, built in 1916 as a mixed-use passenger/freight pier, and named in honour of the naval veterans of World War I, these days its 20 ha. (50 ac.) are packed with eateries, shops, and attractions including the three-floor Chicago Children's Museum (considered one of the country's best); an IMAX theatre; and a Ferris wheel and other rides. Especially in summer, there are also concerts and other special events, as well as fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night. It's included in our post 6 Awesome Adventures for Families in & around Chicago.