Tall Ships Chicago 2010: A Guide to the Festival and a Look at 16 Breathtaking Tall Beauties.

Ahoy Matey!

Calling all sailing affectionados.

With the magnificent Chicago skyline as the backdrop, more than 20 Tall Ships, from around the world, will sail into Navy Pier for six days of festivities celebrating and exploring Chicago's rich maritime heritage.

PREVIEW.

Learn their story and see the beauty of 16 of the Tall Ships coming to the Tall Ship Festival in the Slide Show below.

TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL 2010.

Tuesday, August 24 through Sunday, August 29, 2010.

More than 20 Tall Ships, from around the world, will sail into Navy Pier for six days of festivities celebrating and exploring Chicago's rich maritime heritage. Visitors can go on-board ships, sail on selected ships (extra fee), shop more than 80 vendors, take ship tours, enjoy international music, participate in children's activities, meet the crew and more.

SPECIAL EVENTS.

THE PARADE OF SAIL
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The Pepsi Tall Ship Festival 2010 kicks off Tuesday, August 24 at 4p.m. with the Tall Ships The Parade of Sail.  You can view the ships from a distance along Lake Michigan then watch as they get closer and closer before docking at Navy Pier.

FIREWORKS.
Stick around for nightly fireworks displays.  9p.m.  August 24 through 29.

TICKETS.
Viewing Passes allow visitors within festival grounds on the East End Plaza and the North Dock of Navy Pier to see the ships and enjoy the festival.  $15 adults, $9, children ages 3 to 12, free, children under 2.
Boarding Passes are available for purchase August 25.  They provide visitors on-deck tours of the ships guided by the visiting crews on the class A ships as well as all activities included with the viewing passes.  $20 adult, $15 child, ages 3 to 12, free child 2 and under.

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