For kids, a day at Navy Pier is almost as exciting as a birthday party. The pier is the number one most popular things to do in Chicago, especially for families. You can feel the buzz of excitement build as you get closer and begin to hear the shrieks of fun and smell the fresh churros being fried up. Kids won’t be able to decide what to do first! Make the carousel your first stop. The joy on your child’s face from atop an exquisitely painted pony will be one of those moments you remember for a long time. A special family day outing deserves a special treat, so stop at the Children Museum’s store to buy a little memento. When sunset approaches, get the whole family on the 15 story-high enclosed Ferris wheel. While the view of the Chicago skyline is great from the end of the pier, the view from the Ferris wheel is even more marvelous, especially with the stunningly vivid colors of sunset as the backdrop for the Chicago skyline. The adults can even have a little romantic moment.