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Celebrate the 4th of July at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is proud to display our 4th of July Fireworks presented by Miller Lite on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at 9:30 p.m.

Join Navy Pier for a century-old tradition with the 4th of July Fireworks presented by Miller Lite. Catch the magnificent fireworks display over Lake Michigan while enjoying all the food, fun and amenities of Navy Pier.

What time should I arrive?

Navy Pier’s gates will open on July 4th at 10 a.m. However, with large crowds expected, it is anticipated that at some time during the day, to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close. Plan your visit accordingly, including arriving early.

Remember: in addition to July 4, there are many other opportunities to see our biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night now through Labor Day.  For the most up-to-the-minute information, especially throughout the day on July 4, follow Navy Pier on Twitter at @NavyPier.

For the safety and comfort of all our guests, please read the following important information.

Independence Day Operating Hours

Navy Pier will be open on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks presented by Miller Lite will begin at 9:30pm. Please keep in mind that, due to anticipated large crowds, Navy Pier’s parking garages and the Pier itself will likely reach full capacity. 

Capacity Closures/Guests With Event Tickets/Official Reservations

In the case of a closure due to crowd capacity, only guests with approved advance tickets or official reservations will be allowed entry to Navy Pier grounds. Guests with advance tickets or official reservations will be directed to the reservation tent located in north Polk Bros Park to receive further instructions. Approved ticketed or reserved attractions and restaurants include:

Guests with advance tickets or official reservations are strongly encouraged to arrive several hours in advance of the event start time and allow extra travel time to Navy Pier.

Please note: Regular, single ride tickets for Pier Park attractions such as the Centennial Wheel (including the Centennial Wheel Fast Pass), Pepsi Wave Swinger, Light Tower Ride, Carousel and Climbing Walls are not approved advance tickets and do not qualify the ticket holder for entry onto the Pier in the event of a capacity closure. Please call Guest Services at 312-595-PIER if you have any questions or concerns.

Parking

Navy Pier Parking Garages

Parking onsite at Navy Pier in the East and West parking garages (located at 600 E. Grand Ave.) can accommodate up to 1,600 vehicles. These garages will fill quickly; plan accordingly and familiarize yourself with the alternate parking information below.

To ensure the quickest exit from Navy Pier garages, it is highly recommended that guests pay for parking at the Automated Pay Stations located throughout the Pier immediately after parking and prior to walking out onto Navy Pier. Follow @NavyPier on Twitter for alerts on when garages are full.

Alternate Special Rate Parking Garages

Navy Pier has partnered with three off-site parking garages that will offer discounted parking for $15 when validated at Navy Pier.* Grand Plaza Park (540 N. State), Ogden Plaza Self Park (300 E. North Water Street) and Millennium Park Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr.) are within walking distance to Navy Pier and are serviced by the Navy Pier Trolley seasonally.

Grand Plaza Park (540 N. State) – enter from Grand or Ohio Streets

  • Getting to Navy Pier from Grand Plaza Park: Board the Navy Pier Trolley (seasonally) from the west side of State Street between Grand and Illinois or on Illinois just east of State.
  • Validating your Parking at Grand Plaza Park: Do not pay in advance for parking. Present your parking ticket at the Navy Pier Guest Services desk for validation to receive the $15 discounted parking rate.*

Ogden Plaza Self Park (300 E. North Water Street) – from Illinois Street turn right on New Street or McClurg and turn right on E. North Water

  • Getting to Navy Pier from Ogden Plaza Self Park: Board the Navy Pier Trolley (seasonally) on Illinois Street at McClurg or walk four blocks east on Illinois to Navy Pier.
  • Validating your Parking at Ogden Plaza Self Park: Do not pay in advance for parking. Present your parking ticket at the Navy Pier Guest Services desk for validation to receive the $15 discounted parking rate.*

Millennium Park Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr.) – enter from Columbus Drive, north of Monroe St. or south of Randolph St., or lower Randolph St.

  • Getting to Navy Pier from Millennium Park Garage: Board the Navy Pier Trolley (seasonally) from the north side of Monroe Street between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr.
  • Validating your Parking at Millennium Park Garage: Do not pay in advance for parking. Present your parking ticket at the Navy Pier Guest Services desk for validation to receive the $15 discounted parking rate.*

*Subject to availability. Rates subject to change. The $15 alternate special parking offer is valid year-round at the Grand Plaza Park, Ogden Plaza Self Park and Millennium Park garages. Must obtain validation in order to receive the special rate. Navy Pier Guest Services validates for cars parked at Grand Plaza Park, Ogden Plaza Self Park and Millennium Park garages ONLY. Validation rate provides 12 hours of parking in the Grand Plaza Park, Ogden Plaza Self Park and Millennium Park garages.The alternate parking special rate cannot be applied to Navy Pier East or West Garages (600 E. Grand Ave).

Public Transportation and Hired Cars

Navy Pier Free Trolley

Trolleys will run on their regular schedule on July 4, 2019.  The free trolley route provides convenient access to the Grand Plaza, Ogden Plaza and Millennium Lakeside alternate parking garages, as well as State Street. Click here for an interactive route map.

NOTE: Trolleys will stop running once Navy Pier reaches capacity and closes entrance to the public.

CTA Buses

CTA bus staging at Navy Pier will be altered for July 4th. Buses that serve routes to the west and north of Navy Pier will pick up passengers at the permanent CTA terminal at the northwest corner in front of Navy Pier. Buses that serve routes to the south of Navy Pier will pick up passengers along the semi-circular roadway in the south end of Polk Bros Park. For exact information on the pick-up location for specific CTA bus numbers and routes, visit transitchicago.com.

Taxis and Hired Cars

Due to expected large crowds, locations for taxi services will be moved from the regular stand location outside and to the south of the Navy Pier main entrance. The taxi and hired car pick-up location on July 4th will be on Grand Avenue, between Streeter and Lake Shore Drive in the special traffic lanes inside the west end of Polk Bros Park. Look for signs that will direct you where to meet a taxi or hired car, and follow @NavyPier on Twitter for any additional alerts and information when garages are full.

RIDE SHARE (UBER/LYFT)

To provide the best and safest possible experience for our guests, ride share services such as Uber and Lyft will disable all on-Pier pick-up and drop-off locations all day on July 4. Guests arriving or departing via ride share should request drop-off and/or pick-up at a location west of the Lake Shore Drive overpass. Normal on-Pier pick-up and drop-off will resume at 6:00 AM on Friday, July 5.

Pace Service

Visit pacebus.com for information on PACE service to Navy Pier, including dedicated boarding and drop off locations for guests with disabilities. Pick up for Navy Pier Pace service after the fireworks on the 4th of July will be on the north side of Navy Pier at the Pace bus stop directly behind Giordano’s Pizza.

Transportation Map

Independence Day Weekend Code of Conduct

In addition to the Navy Pier Code of Conduct, for the comfort and safety of all our guests, it is very important to also note and adhere to the following guidelines and policies:

YOUTH ESCORT POLICY: For the comfort and safety of all guests, Navy Pier has put in place a youth escort policy for entrance to the Pier from July 3 to July 4, 2019 starting at 6 am. Guests may be asked to present a valid driver’s license, state ID or military ID upon entering all Navy Pier’s facilities or grounds. Guests to Navy Pier under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for the safety and conduct of minor guests in their party.

SECURITY CHECKPOINTS: All guests must pass through a special security checkpoint before being allowed entry to Navy Pier. Multiple inspection points will be located throughout Navy Pier.

POLICY ON BAGS / BACKPACKS / ETC. PACKS ETC: Backpacks and any other larger bags of any kind are highly discouraged. ALL bags are subject to inspection.

PROHIBITED ITEMS / ACTIVITIES: Fireworks, coolers, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and skate shoes, and weapons of any kind are not allowed on Navy Pier. As always, NO outside alcohol may be brought to Navy Pier. The preceding prohibitions are in effect year-round, including July 4th.

PETS/ANIMALS: Only official service animals are allowed on Navy Pier on the July 4th Holiday from 5 pm to 10 pm due to the significant crowds. NO pets or other animals will be permitted during that time frame. Dogs generally are welcomed outside on the Pier during business hours on all other days.

NO RE-ENTRY IF GATES ARE CLOSED: Upon closure due to crowd capacity, re-entry into Navy Pier is not permitted. If you leave Navy Pier property before the gates are closed, you are not guaranteed return access unless you have a ticket or official reservation. It is highly recommended that all parties remain together.

AREAS SURROUNDING NAVY PIER: No parking, stopping or standing along adjacent streets to Navy Pier, including, but not limited to, Streeter Drive, Grand Avenue and Illinois Street.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to the above guidelines and policies.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For updates throughout the day July 1st and July 4th, follow Navy Pier on Twitter at @NavyPier.

 

Navy Pier wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July.

All details of the guest advisory policies and guidelines are subject to change.

More to do on 4th of July

Centennial Wheel

Multiple ticket options available.

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Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of Chicago cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views. 

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2019 Centennial Wheel Ticket Prices

A family riding the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier.

Centennial Wheel General Admission Tickets

Join us for high-flying fun! Tickets to the Centennial Wheel may be purchased online or on-site at the Pier Park box office.

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Fast-Pass

Hate to wait? Upgrade to a Centennial Wheel Fast Pass to jump to the front of the line. 

  • Adult Fast Pass: $26
  • Child Fast Pass: $23

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A couple enjoys a ride on the VIP Gondola on Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel

Centennial Wheel VIP Gondola Buy-Out

This premium experience includes admission for up to four guests to board the Centennial Wheel’s VIP gondola, featuring plush seating and trademark glass bottom, plus other premium perks. Ideal for celebrating special occasions, the VIP Gondola can be reserved online in advance or at the Pier Park box office.

  • VIP Gondola Buy-Out (Seats up to four guests total): $125

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Group Tickets to the Centennial Wheel

Navy Pier offers special rates on a wide variety of attractions and activities, as well as dining packages, for groups of 20 or more guests. To learn more about all group options, contact Group Sales.

Hours of Operation

The Centennial Wheel is open year-round, weather permitting. Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Centennial Wheel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, call us at 312.595.PIER.

January 1 – March 31, 2019 

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday:  10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

April 1 – May 23, 2019 

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

May 24 – May 27, 2019 
(Memorial Day Weekend)

Friday, May 24:  10am – Midnight
Saturday, May 25: 10am – Midnight
Sunday, May 26: 10am – 10pm
Monday, May 27: 10am – 10pm

May 28 – September 2, 2019
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – Midnight

September 3 – October 31, 2019
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

November 1 – December 31, 2019*
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

*Please note the following holiday hours in the months of November and December:

Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10am – Midnight

Pepsi Wave Swinger®

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9

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Soar through the air on the Pepsi Wave Swinger! This high-flying ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting. 

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Pepsi Wave Swinger and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Carousel

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower: $9 total

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The Carousel was designed exclusively for Navy Pier. It’s a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier’s golden age of the 1920s when a similar attraction delighted another generation of visitors. The carousel’s 36 hand-painted animals represent the different styles found throughout the history of carousels. Horses, chariots and a playful frog are just a few of the featured characters waiting to carry children of all ages. The hand-painted rounding boards at the top of the 44-foot carousel depict scenes of Navy Pier’s history.

You must be at least 42 inches tall to ride alone or be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park! These rides operate late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Climbing Walls

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls. This ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Light Tower

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower (Adult/Child): $9 total

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A thrill for all ages! For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park! This ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Light Tower and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Remote Control Boats

Purchase tokens on-site only

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Located at the base of the Pepsi Wave Swinger, navigate and maneuver one of eight token-operated, remote control boats through the waters. This attraction operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

This attraction requires tokens that can be purchased at the Remote Control Boats. Remote Control Boats close one hour prior to the closing of Navy Pier and Pier Park.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Remote Control Boats other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Virtual Rush: Chicago

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9
Purchase at the attraction box office.

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Ready, Set…Rush! Pulseworks, LLC is proud to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality experience located at Pier Park on Chicago’s Navy Pier. Virtual Rush: Chicago is a groundbreaking 4D VR adventure that offers riders a thrilling virtual voyage over and through a futuristic Chicago city-scape, immersing them in the action.

The adventure begins as patrons make their way through Pier Park (north side) and take their seats on one of the Pulseworks VR Transporter motion platforms. Using the latest VR head-mounted displays, riders will launch into a fantastical Chicago like they have never seen before and look in any direction while the dynamic motion platform propels them to excitement. Special 4Deffects add an acute sense of realism by marrying the visuals with other cognitive inputs, resulting in a jaw-dropping, thrilling experience. Virtual Rush: Chicago takes VR to a whole new level! 

Virtual Rush: Chicago is not only a visual odyssey, but a high-tech interactive game that allows patrons to compete with other nearby riders for the highest score! Newly developed Look Targeting technology allows riders’ head movement to be translated into the game, making it possible for them to collect artefacts and trigger scenic changes for points. Each rider’s score is posted for bragging rights on a leader board at the end of the ride.

The fast-paced aerial journey takes riders over famous Chicago landmarks such as Navy Pier, Centennial Wheel, the Chicago River and Grant Park as they soar through magnificent man-made skyscraper canyons with many iconic structures. Chicago comes alive in this new eye-popping VR adventure!

Ride Details

Rides last approximately 5 minutes. Riders must be 42” (approx. 106 cm) tall to ride. Virtual Rush: Chicago is not recommended for expectant mothers and people with a history of heart conditions, seizure disorders, abnormal blood pressure, or back, neck and shoulder conditions. Other restrictions may apply. Eyewear and hats are not permitted during the ride.

Buy Tickets

Tickets for Virtual Rush: Chicago are $9 each and may be purchased the Pier Park ticket booth located on Navy Pier or in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, near McDonald’s.