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Calling All Young Ladies Celebrating a Quinceañera!

Navy Pier invites girls celebrating their 15th birthday for free group quinceañera photos and dancing to live music on the 15th of June, July and August

CHICAGO – For the second consecutive year, Navy Pier is celebrating the quinceañeras of young ladies across Chicagoland with free professional group photos on the 15 of June, July and August this summer. Chicago’s popular year-round destination has teamed up with the National Museum of Mexican Art to host a photoshoot for 15-year-old birthday girls at the Wave Wall on the South Dock, against the stunning backdrop of the iconic Centennial Wheel and beautiful Lake Michigan. Young ladies are invited to gather at the Pier in their finest quinceañera dresses for a “class photo” along the lakefront with others celebrating the special milestone.

Participants will receive a link to download free digital copies of the photos, taken by a professional photographer, along with one complimentary ticket to ride the Centennial Wheel. The photoshoots will be accompanied by free, live musical performances by popular local Latin bands, serving as an opportunity for family, friends and guests to partake in the fun through dancing, singing and rejoicing with the quinceañera celebrants.

Interested individuals are required to register in advance. Upon arrival, participants must check in inside the Crystal Gardens, and will be escorted as a group to the photoshoot location. In the event of rain or severe weather, the photoshoot will be held in the Crystal Gardens. See below for the schedule and registration link:

Friday, June 15 | 6 p.m. | Register here

Special performance by Ida y Vuelta

Sunday, July 15 | 2 p.m. | Register here

Special performance by Mariachi Tradición Juvenil

Wednesday, August 15 | 6 p.m. | Register here

Special performance by Jugo De Mango

A popular Latin American tradition, quinceañera is a celebration of a girl’s coming of age, marking the transition from childhood to young adulthood in the Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Navy Pier’s quinceañera celebrations are part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe.

Extend the quinceañera celebration at Navy Pier by also checking out the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated and recently opened Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

PHOTOS: Navy Pier Quinceañera | Credit: James Richards IV Photography / Navy Pier


About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.


Navy Pier Mission Statement

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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