It's been a
few years since so many tall ships docked at Navy Pier, so we're
excited about the return of
Tall Ships Chicago Aug. 7-11. An international fleet of 14
ships - some from as far away as Norway - will drop anchor and give
Chicagoans the chance to view and even board (for an additional
fee) some pretty impressive vessels.
It all kicks off with the Chicago
Match Cup, where 12 of the world's best teams compete in a
head-to-head sailing race. There's $100,000 at stake, so it's sure
to be a thrilling competition.
Then, don't miss the beautiful pageantry of the
Parade of Sail when the ships make their first official appearance
on Lake Michigan, before stopping for dockside viewing and
boarding. Plus, there are chances to take a short jaunt on some of
the visiting ships - and Chicago's own Tall Ship Windy - to
experience a little of life on the high seas.
Once you've had your fill of the
ships, check out the east end of Navy Pier, where families can
board a match boat just like the ones in the race, learn to tie
nautical knots like a real sailor and try other educational
Each night wraps up with a
magnificent fireworks display over Lake Michigan - a truly
bombastic way to conclude your time at the pier.
For more information, visit navypier.com/tallshipschicago.
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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