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Navy Pier Kicks off the Summer Season with its Popular Live Music and Fireworks Series


CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is ringing in the summer season with three exciting programs highlighting local music, entertainment and the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago. As part of the larger seasonal lineup of free arts and cultural programming, the return of the Live on the Lake! concert series, Wave Wall Wax live DJ series and Aon Summer Fireworks officially mark the beginning of the summer season at the Pier.

Live on the Lake!

The popular live concert series hosted at the Miller Lite Beer Garden begins on Friday, May 24, and continues every Saturday and Sunday, as well as other select dates, through Monday, September 2. With an exciting roster of local musicians, cover bands and emerging artists and a variety of food and beverage options at the beautiful lakeside venue, guests will enjoy rotating music genres on Saturdays beginning at 2 p.m. In the evenings, music lovers will have prime viewing of the Aon Summer Fireworks at 10:15 p.m., followed by another set of live music until 11:30 p.m. On Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Pier will host “International Pier Sounds,” featuring DJ Papa G, rotating local and touring world music groups and Chicago reggae bands, such as Gizzae, Hurricane, Indika, and Kofi and the New Roots. Click here to view the full schedule.

Wave Wall Wax
Returning for its second year, Wave Wall Wax is the Pier’s live DJ series held at the Wave Wall Performance Platform and offered every Saturday from May 25 through August 31. This live music program brings the city’s incredible DJ culture to the lakefront from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each week. Enjoy house, hip-hop, Latin, soul, funk and global music, while taking in unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. This year’s series includes top local talent, such as Ron Carroll, DJ Gemini Jones and DJ All The Way Kay, and spotlights a predominantly female DJ roster. Click here to view the full lineup.

Aon Summer Fireworks
Rounding out the three-part summer kick-off events is Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks, which will return to the Chicago night sky every Wednesday and Saturday from Saturday, May 25 through Saturday, August 31. A local favorite, the Pier’s iconic fireworks series is a bi-weekly 10-minute spectacle along the lakefront, perfectly synchronized to fun and festive music playlists each night. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, catch the vibrant display every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:15 p.m. from the South Dock, aboard an evening cruise or on the iconic Centennial Wheel in Pier Park. Special soundtracks will be played to celebrate the Fourth of July presented by Miller Lite, LatiNxt presented by Xfinity and more. Click here for the full seasonal schedule.

Navy Pier attracts nearly 9 million annual guests and aims to provide the best experiences in local art, dining, entertainment, music, retail and more. Other must-attend events on the horizon include Pier Fitness supported by LifeStart, LatiNxt presented by Xfinity, Chi-Soul Fest, Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines and Fresh Fest!

Presented by Allstate Insurance Company. For a full list of 2019 summer programming, visit here. Please note that all events are subject to change or cancellation.

Navy Pier’s free summer programming is a part of the non-profit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests accessible and one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.

PHOTOS: Aon Summer Fireworks; Live on the Lake; Wave Wall Wax | Courtesy of Navy Pier; James Richard, IV; Heidi Zeigler


Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this
Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.


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.

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