Imagine the most wonderful day: you just got a delicious ice cream cone from Haagen Dasz (cherry vanilla…yum!), the sun is shining, you’re wandering Navy Pier watching the boats and admiring the skyline. Life. Is. Perfect.
But then you hear something. You feel like you’re being watched. I’m being stupid, you think, this Pier is packed with people, it’s a people-watching mecca. But it’s one “squawk” and you get spooked, drop your cone and they’re off with it!
Sadly, many a hot dog, ice cream cone and French fry has met this same, tragic demise. Being happily munched on by a tourist quickly turns into being gulped down by a plump bird.
And, with as many Navy Pier restaurants there are and people, you better bet these specific seagulls are the best fed birds in town, if not the world!
Take for example, the sheer abundance of al fresco dining. Outdoor seating at Harry Caray’s Tavern, Riva, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Margaritaville Bar and Grill (not to mention the outdoor pavilion to enjoy food court treats) brings lots of people who drop lots of food on the floor which, you guessed it, brings lots of seagulls. These seagulls eat like kings, from fresh shrimp to cheeseburgers, to nachos, cookies and, well, anything (and everything) else you can buy.
And while it’s very likely each gull lay claim over a specific restaurant (or even guard a favorite table), with the wealth of seasonal vendors, rest assured no Pier bird will go hungry. In the summertime, churros, candied nuts and snow cones join the ranks of fallen snacks and fill the bellies of our friends.
Now, after reading this, you may go to Navy Pier expecting to see lots of these annoying little white birds, but don’t be fooled. It’s like seagull take-out dining, if you will. The birds come, snatch the food, and retreat to their hideouts to scope out the next doomed ice cream cone. Too bad we all can’t eat the way these birds can! Jealous!
Tip: Don’t feed the birds!