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Navy Pier first opened as Municipal Pier in 1916. It was renamed Navy Pier at the same time Soldier Field was dedicated to war vets, 1925. It was also used as a staging area for naval training during World War II. Over 200 Navy fighter planes litter the bottom of the lake a few miles off the end of it, where scores of fledgling navy pilots flunked their “landing on a fake aircraft carrier deck” final exam.

Very impressionable to public art, Michael poses before the 1998 Hubertus von der Goltz sculpture "The Crossing," just north of Chicago's Loop on LaSalle Street.

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Michael embodies a unique and remarkable blend of riveting performer and serious scholar and weaves together fascinating stories of the city's architecture, art treasures, and movie locations with hilarious tales of its colorful past.

 

     
               

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