Putting Through the Kitsch at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois
For most locals, Navy Pier is to be avoided at all costs. This festival of kitsch is home to a giant Ferris Wheel, cheesy chain restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., far too many ice cream stands, over-priced carnival rides and funhouses, and throngs of tourists who've come to gawk at it all. But amidst the madness, there's a little bit of fun, found at the Pier Park Miniature Golf course. Practice your Tiger Woods putt on an 18-hole Chicago-themed course that winds its way around the base of the Ferris Wheel. It's a bit of old-fashioned fun that even locals will wade through the Navy Pier mayhem to enjoy.