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Light Up The Lake: Chicago's Newest Holiday Adventure

The indoor, temperature-controlled experience features a sprawling light garden of large-scale sculptures comprising more than 600,000 twinkling lights; an Alpine ice rink; authentic holiday beer garden; kiddie train rides; Santa’s Merry Main Street and gift market; and other family-friendly and date-night activities.

Light Up the Lake runs from Nov. 26 through Jan. 2. Tickets start at just $15.00, including a ride on the iconic Centennial Wheel, offering inspiring views of the city all decked out for the holidays.

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NAVY PIER®: ONE OF CHICAGO'S TOP ATTRACTIONS

Navy Pier is where you go in Chicago for events, free public programs, attractions, culture, dining, shopping and more. It's where fun lives large, whether you're a visitor or local, with family or friends.

As a nonprofit organization, the People's Pier™ offers a diverse and eclectic range of activities and experiences that ignite the imagination, stimulate the senses and allow your spirit to soar.

It's no surprise it's a place that continues to inspire discovery and wonder after more than a century. Find out what it has to inspire you...

Thank You, Chicago!

Together we gave Chicago's performing arts scene the "welcome back" it deserves, with Chicago LIVE Again! Take a look back with video, photos and our letters of thanks.

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHICAGO FROM NAVY PIER PRESIDENT AND CEO MARILYNN GARDNER

On behalf of the entire Navy Pier team, I want to convey my deepest gratitude to our cultural partners, civic leaders, funders, artists across all disciplines, and most of all you—our beloved audiences—for making the first Chicago Live Again! performing arts festival such a great success.   

What better place than the People’s Pier to reunite artists, both onstage and backstage, with live audiences?

I am so proud of the way that so many of the city’s most significant institutions, brightest marquee names, and emerging talents pulled together so quickly and seamlessly to support each other—sharing artistry, know-how, and joy—to celebrate the long-awaited reopening of Chicago’s stages.

Same time next year?

All the best,

Marilynn Gardner

Look Back on Chicago LIVE Again!

FUN FALL EVENTS at Navy Pier

Be dazzled by the spectacular displays at Pier Pumpkin Lights, feel the thrill of Halloween Family Fun Days and kick back and groove to the sounds of local artists during Sequence Chicago and our Skyline sessions!

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

Pier Pumpkin Lights

Throughout October, Navy Pier transforms into an experiential fall spectacle with nearly 1,000 pumpkins! Explore pop-up installations, enjoy Pier-wide deals, take part in the Halloween festivities and get some seriously good photos for your social accounts.

Enjoy the Flavors of Fall

We've got the rich culinary tradition of Chicago, all in one place. Our restaurants offer you authentic food, in one of the city's most iconic locations.

Sable at Navy Pier: Wake up on the Lake

Created to continue the spirit of Navy Pier, Sable at Navy Pier offers exquisite accommodations, unique dining experiences, and a rooftop bar unlike any other. With an unmatched view of the lake, Sable at Navy Pier is the perfect place to plan your next getaway or staycation.


Discover the Pier Life

 Our Navy Pier blog has all the inspiration you need for a fantastic trip to the Pier, including all the must-sees and must-dos.

Support Navy Pier: A Mission-Driven Nonprofit Organization

Help Bring Free Public Programs to Life

Navy Pier produces nearly 250 free public programs annually. Your support helps maintain this world-class platform for local cultural organizations and artists.

An early image of Navy Pier's East End

Discover our History

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences.

SouthView Aerial Dusk

Hold Your Event at Navy Pier

Planning a special event in Chicago? Wow your guests with a private event venue unlike any other in the city: Navy Pier.

From weddings to corporate retreats to festivals to trade shows, Navy Pier’s breathtaking venues and unmatched service provide an unparalleled private event experience, ensuring that no detail goes unnoticed.

We are the People's Pier

From selfies to gorgeous landscape shots, we want to see your #NavyPier photos!

Getting Here

Getting to Navy Pier has never been easier.
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About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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600 E. GRAND AVENUE
CHICAGOIL 60611
1-800 595-PIER (7437)

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