Southwest Michigan: All the places you must visit

I have been visiting New Buffalo, Michigan since I was a little girl. In fact, my parents even had their joint bachelor and bachelorette party there over 30 years ago. I grew up going to the beach and going to the farmer’s market every summer. For our very first family vacation, we rented a house on the beach when Noah was just three months old. Read more atĀ Travel & City AdventuresĀ IMG_9245

 

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Navy Pier: A Native Perspective

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I am not going to lie, I havenā€™t been to Navy Pier in years. Actually, most Chicagoans I know havenā€™t been either. There really hasnā€™t been much of a reason to go. It’s crowded, has overpriced food and drink options and hasn’t been updated for awhile. But for Motherā€™s Day, my parents and in-laws wanted to see the Rolling Stone Exhibit, which is currently at the pier until July 30th.

This massive, interactive exhibit is the largest at nearly 18,000 square feet. It includes rare artifacts that cannot be found anywhere else. In fact, many of them come from the bandā€™s personal collection. There are over 500 items which include costumes, tour posters, and equipment to name a few. Throughout the exhibit, you can listen to audio of band interviews and music. The best part of the exhibit was the grand finale, which is the backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience, which truly feels like you are at a Rolling Stones concert (this might be the only non-child friendly part about the exhibit).

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After the exhibit, we walked around and got some drinks at Tiny Tavern. I have to say, Navy Pier has really made some great improvements. I remember when the pier just had a food court when you could get McDonalds, Churros or Garrettā€™s Popcorn. Now there are some really great spots to hit up. Porkchop BBQ, Frankieā€™s Pizza, Goddess and the Baker and Tiny Tavern just to name a few. For a complete list of all the food options, check out their siteĀ Navy Pier Food.Ā 

From the updated food options, new and improved Ferris wheel, the Rolling Stone Exhibit, or just to walk around, there are so many things to do. Whether you are from Chicago or an out-of-towner, Navy Pier is definitely worth checking out. It has come a long way from what it used to be. You could easily spend a few hours eating and drinking a while taking in the views of the city and lake.

Until next time..

Christin