Navy Pier Rocks Chicago Tourism List
Crain's Chicago Business released their annual list of Chicago's Largest Tourism Attractions, and to nobody's surprise, Navy Pier whupped some tourism butt by topping the list of favorite attractions in the city. Stomping the next largest attraction, the Taste of Chicago, by 3.2 million people, the Pier had 8.75 million visitors last year, and raked in $43 million in revenues. Coming in number two was the Chicago Cubs, with 3.1 visitors in 2004, and Six Flags Great America, Lincoln Park Zoo and Chicago Trolley Company all racking up 3 million for a third place tie.
Frankly, most of the attractions were not much of a surprise to Chicagoist. Sears Tower, Chicago Childrens' Museum, and the Auto Show all make an appearance. Millenium Park got 1.5 million people for the shortened season last year (it was opened in May). But we wonder what would happen if the Hardware Show was tracked? What about outdoor concerts? How about all those Mexican families that turn out for soccer every Saturday at Montrose in Lincoln Park? That's gotta add up to something.
Just thinking out loud.
Image via Navy Pier.