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Navy Pier first opened as Municipal Pier in 1916. It was renamed Navy Pier at the same time Soldier Field was dedicated to war vets, 1925. It was also used as a staging area for naval training during World War II. Over 200 Navy fighter planes litter the bottom of the lake a few miles off the end of it, where scores of fledgling navy pilots flunked their “landing on a fake aircraft carrier deck” final exam.

Michael Corcoran in the Osaka Garden

Tour guide Michael Corcoran rests a moment on the bridge in the Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, on the site of the original Japanese garden and HO-O Den Palace of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

About Us

Brainsnack Tours is the "brainchild" of Michael Corcoran, CTG, and his wife Kate, who have lived in Chicago since 1987.

Michael, with experience as both a step-on and walking tour guide, developed his love and expertise for Chicago's history and architecture when pursuing his B.A from DePaul University. He combines his experience as a writer, storyteller, and professional stand-up comedian with his tour-guide expertise to provide informative and tailored tours infused with dry wit.

Kate has degrees in history and anthropology, but actually works as the director of research and information systems (computer geek, for short) for a small national non-profit association based in Chicago. An avid amateur digital photographer, Kate is solely to blame for the photos on this site and for the Website design.


Site and images © 2004-2012 Michael & Kate Corcoran, some rights reserved. Page last updated:  23 September 2012
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