Amazing Chicago Address:
Amazing Chicago Hours:
April 1st - Memorial Day/Labor Day - Oct. 31: Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Nov. 1 - March 31: Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(prices and hours as of 02/2009 -- subject to change)
Getting to Navy Pier by Public Transportation:
Finding Amazing Chicago on Navy Pier:
Amazing Chicago Website:
About Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze:
Next comes the Big Squeeze, a narrow hall that appears like it would be impossible to get through -- but don't worry if you're a bit hefty, it's easier than it looks. Following is the Blaze Maze, a large number of punching bags kids have to navigate through and find the one that when punched will ring the fire bell. After is Stomp It Out, a really cool interactive game. Various activities are projected on the floor such as the "Great Chicago Fire" where visitors race around stomping out the flames. It's basically a large computer "screen" and your feet act as the mouse -- pretty inventive.
The Psychedelic Mine Shaft comes next, a dark hall lined with funhouse mirrors. This leads to the Spinning Light Tunnel -- another incredible optical illusion, which tricks your brain into thinking the platform you are standing on is spinning upside down. This part of the maze was deemed the kids' favorite, it's a clever effect. Last is Lights Over Chicago, a "fireworks" finale with a special surprise at the end. Right before the exit is a short hallway that leads back to the Stomp It Out game, allowing visitors to re-enter in the middle of the maze for more fun -- a nice feature and a welcome change of pace from attractions that just try to hustle you in and out.
Amazing Chicago does not recommend the maze for kids under 5, and I would have to agree. It's dark, there's a sense of being lost, and parts of the floor move -- on my visit a couple brought their pre-schooler inside anyway, and wound up having to turn around at the Spinning Tunnel when he refused to enter it. But older kids will have a blast, and the maze is certainly one of the most fun activities on the pier.