The Middle Ages are transporting right to Chicago and landing on Navy Pier this week.
Starting Friday, the world’s largest modern Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, along with 13 historic others will open to the public as part of the Pepsi Tall Ships Chicago festival. Two ships, Red Witch and Windy, have homeports in Chicago.
Guests can get up close to enjoy an all access pass to board and explore the global vessels until Sunday evening. Each day consists of tours and a festival of live entertainment, food stands and vendors.
General admission prices range from $10-$25; “Sail Away” costs $79; and “Fireworks Sail Away” tickets are $99 or $109. Tickets can be purchased on the Navy Pier website.
The festival opens at 10 a.m. each day and will conclude with fireworks at night night except on Sunday.
Limited parking is available at Navy Pier and surrounding areas.
The authentic Viking ship originally sailed from Norway to Chicago’s World Columbian Exposition in 1893. The vessel resides in Geneva’s Good Templar Park, where residents are working to have the ship maintained and possibly housed in a Chicago museum.