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It’s like a trip back in time as you explore Chicago`s beautiful lakefront.

Sailing ships from around the world are gathering for Tall Ships Chicago, the 5-day spectacle on Navy Pier.

It all begins with a stunning 4-mile long parade of ships Wednesday.  The Navy Pier festival draws visitors from across North America and features 14 sailing ships.  Many of them are available by reservation to take you on a 75-minute or two-hour-long cruise.

You can board the ships and meet the crews, many of them from other parts of the world

The tall ships will be at Navy Pier starting next Wednesday through Sunday.