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Celebrate National Popcorn Week with Garrett Popcorn Shops at Navy Pier

January 15, 2020

National Popcorn Day is Sunday, January 19, but Garrett Popcorn Shops is making a week of it! Stop into Garrett’s at Navy Pier and enjoy $1 bags of popcorn through Friday, January 17!             View this post on Instagram                   Ermargawd! #NationalPopcornDay […]

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National Popcorn Day is Sunday, January 19, but Garrett Popcorn Shops is making a week of it! Stop into Garrett’s at Navy Pier and enjoy $1 bags of popcorn through Friday, January 17!

 

Special Offer Includes:

  • Small bag of any signature recipe for $1 – including the original Garrett Mix with a blend of the world famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix, as well as plain, buttered, cheese and caramel
  • Now – Friday, January 17
  • Runs between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day
  • Customers are limited to one $1 bag per transaction; price does not include tax

About Garrett’s Popcorn

A Chicago tradition since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shops serves only the finest, handcrafted popcorn. Every small batch is hot air popped throughout the day for ultimate freshness. Using only the highest quality, wholesome ingredients, each kernel is coated with secret family recipes in old-fashioned copper kettles.


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Don’t Miss the Final Week of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest!

January 8, 2020

Navy Pier’s winter tradition Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs through this Sunday, January 12, so don’t miss out on your last chance to enjoy returning favorites and new exciting attractions this holiday season! To allow for even more guests and audiences to enjoy the festive event, Navy Pier is offering the following specials deals […]

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Navy Pier’s winter tradition Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs through this Sunday, January 12, so don’t miss out on your last chance to enjoy returning favorites and new exciting attractions this holiday season!

To allow for even more guests and audiences to enjoy the festive event, Navy Pier is offering the following specials deals this week, too:

2020 Discount Days

Navy Pier now offers discounted four packs of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets for $79 for visits through January 12 – up to nearly 30% savings! Tickets can be purchased here.

Sensory Friendly Hours

Navy Pier will host sensory friendly hours on Thursday, January 9 from 4 – 8 p.m., consisting of discounted tickets, limited lighting, reduced sound, quiet zones and more to accommodate the special needs community.

Guests are also invited to download Sensory Friendly Navy Pier, a new mobile app designed exclusively for children with special sensory needs—especially children with autism—and their families. Developed by subject matter experts at Infiniteach, this new tool will allow children and adults alike to plan their visit and navigate the Pier in accordance with their family’s special needs.

Purchase your tickets online in advance or on-site at the box office on Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

More To Do
To stay in the holiday spirit, visit Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze and their festive pop-up Happy Holly Maze. Inspired by classic holiday movie scenes, this bright and colorful experience is perfect for guests of all ages.


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Goodbye to 2019!

December 30, 2019

It has been another wonderful year at the People’s Pier! As we look to 2020 and say goodbye to 2019, here are 19 things we’ve loved this year at Navy Pier: Chicago Children’s Museum Chicago Shakespeare Theater Community Rides Cruises Cultural Attractions Dining ExPIERience 2019 Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest Fireworks Free Public Art Installations […]

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It has been another wonderful year at the People’s Pier! As we look to 2020 and say goodbye to 2019, here are 19 things we’ve loved this year at Navy Pier:

  1. Chicago Children’s Museum
  2. Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  3. Community Rides
  4. Cruises
  5. Cultural Attractions
  6. Dining
  7. ExPIERience 2019
  8. Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest
  9. Fireworks
  10. Free Public Art Installations at Navy Pier
  11. Global Connections
  12. Guests!
  13. Miller Lite Beer Garden
  14. Pier-wide Partners: American Airlines; Aon; Big Bus Chicago; Fifth Third Bank; Impact; Miller Lite; Pepsi; People’s Energy; Polk Bros Foundation
  15. Polk Bros Park
  16. Retail & Shopping at Navy Pier
  17. Summer Programming
  18. The Beach Chicago
  19. The Crystal Gardens

Happy New Year! We hope to see you at Navy Pier’s various New Year’s Eve festivities, but if not, see you in 2020.


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Best Corporate Event Destinations at Navy Pier

December 26, 2019

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront treasure, is the premier destination in the Midwest for private events and meeting spaces. With two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms and the historic Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace, lakefront and skyline views are abundant here. These dramatic and diverse event venues are ideal for trade and consumer shows, […]

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront treasure, is the premier destination in the Midwest for private events and meeting spaces. With two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms and the historic Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace, lakefront and skyline views are abundant here.

These dramatic and diverse event venues are ideal for trade and consumer shows, conferences, business meetings and other special occasions. As you begin planning your 2020 corporate outings, look to Navy Pier for the perfect event. Check out some fast facts below about these great spaces!

Aon Grand Ballroom

Aon Grand Ballroom
  • Part of the Pier’s original 1916 construction
  • 18,000 square foot space with sweeping 80-foot domed ceiling and panoramic views of the lakefront
  • Embodies timeless architecture and beauty of Chicago
  • Can hold up to 1,100 for dinner with additional seating for 300 in the balcony above

Crystal Gardens

Aon Grand Ballroom
  • Unique indoor botanical garden setting
  • Can accommodate groups of 100 to 1,500 guests
  • Customizable options for corporate event catering, including plated dinners, buffet displays, desserts, cocktails and bar packages

Festival Hall

Festival Hall
  • Main exhibition space covers more than 170,000 square feet
  • Space can be used as one large room or divided into different spaces
  • For trade shows and conferences, there are 36 convenient meeting rooms adjacent to the hall

Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace
  • Urban loft space featuring exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline
  • One-of-a-kind setting for receptions and small exhibitions
  • 15,000 square feet and accommodates groups up to 1,000
  • Suitable for individual events or pre-function space for events in the Aon Grand Ballroom

Meeting Rooms

Meeting Rooms
  • 36 meeting rooms ideal for meetings and breakout sessions that range in size from 750 to 8,200 square feet
  • Each room features 12-foot ceilings, permanent sound systems, WiFi and more
  • Adjacent to Festival Hall for convenient breakout sessions

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

Meeting Rooms
  • Now through January 12, plan a group outing at Navy Pier’s indoor winter wonderland
  • Visit here for more information on festive party packages

Dining
Navy Pier’s rich offerings of on-site dining establishments and sit-down restaurants are another great spot for private corporate events. From Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop, to Riva Crabhouse, offering fresh seafood, steaks and pasta, visit Navy Pier’s website for a full list of restaurants.


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Top 5 Craft Cocktails for Winter Imbibing

December 18, 2019

The holiday season is a great time to treat yourself to a craft cocktail at Navy Pier. Before Dry January starts and New Year’s resolutions begin, sip on one of these craft cocktails this month!   Berry Margarita at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Sauza Silver Tequila, triple sec, Finest Call Wild Berry Purée, fresh lime […]

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The holiday season is a great time to treat yourself to a craft cocktail at Navy Pier. Before Dry January starts and New Year’s resolutions begin, sip on one of these craft cocktails this month!

 

  1. Berry Margarita at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Sauza Silver Tequila, triple sec, Finest Call Wild Berry Purée, fresh lime juice, sweet & sour
  2. Candy Cane Cocoa at Harry Caray’s Tavern: Bacardi, peppermint schnapps, hot chocolate, whipped cream and peppermint
  3. Dark and Stormy at Tiny Tavern: Aged rum, lime juice and ginger beer
  4. Glampfire at Offshore: Jameson, grapefruit, marshmallow and lemon
  5. Riva Chocolate Martini at Riva Crabhouse: Absolut Vanilla Vodka with white and dark Godiva Liqueurs, Licor 43, Baileys Original Irish Cream and a splash of half & half

 

 

Check out our other winter food & drink specials at participating onsite establishments for more festive and delicious options, and visit our website for more holiday fun inspiration.


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8 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier

December 16, 2019

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier, Chicago’s top New Year’s Eve destination, and toast to 2020 with Pier-wide celebrations, boat cruises, fireworks and more. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly daytime activity or festive celebration with friends at midnight, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination has got you covered.   19th Annual Fifth Third […]

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Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier, Chicago’s top New Year’s Eve destination, and toast to 2020 with Pier-wide celebrations, boat cruises, fireworks and more. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly daytime activity or festive celebration with friends at midnight, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination has got you covered.

 

19th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

To kick start the holiday, visit Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest and enjoy dozens of rides, attractions, entertainment and holiday décor across 170,000 square feet. The event provides fun for all ages and opportunities for families to spend time together before the New Year. Returning favorites include the Xfinity Ice Skating Rink and Arctic Express Train, and you won’t want to miss this year’s brand-new attraction, The Wind Chill. Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

 

Navy Pier New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Presented by Miller Lite


When the clock strikes midnight, take in the spectacular fireworks show at Navy Pier, which is the longest fireworks display in the city! Paired with music, this signature display promises an unforgettable viewing experience over more than 15 minutes long.

 

 

 

Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve

Chicago Children’s Museum invites families and their children to celebrate early during their Noon Year’s Eve bash from 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The event will feature a variety of family-friendly festivities, including festive crown-making, the last dance party of 2019 and a multi-colored confetti finale. The event is free with museum admission ($19 for adults and children) and membership.

 

 

The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala

The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala returns to Navy Pier’s iconic Aon Grand Ballroom from 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., featuring a delicious food spread, more than 30 bars, music from Chicago’s top DJs, a New Year’s Eve countdown, fireworks and more. Ring in 2020 in this stunning space, with a dome-style ceiling and panoramic window display of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets are available for purchase online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

 

The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party

The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party is back at Navy Pier for its 14th anniversary to provide an unforgettable experience in the unique botanical gardens setting of The Crystal Gardens. Highlights include premium top shelf beverages, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants food station package, more than 20 premium liquor bars, midnight champagne toast, private terrace for fireworks viewing, red carpet step and repeat photo opportunity, complimentary noisemakers, hats and party favors, live DJ NYE countdown, coat check and more. The event will run from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Ticket packages and information can be found online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

Offshore’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

New this year, Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop confirmed by Guinness World Records, is ushering 2020 in with style, with stunning 360 views of the city and lake from its glass-enclosed, climate-controlled space. Offshore’s New Year’s Eve Celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. and will offer incredible views of Navy Pier’s fireworks, along with premium bar and chef stations. Each ticket grants guests access to a five hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, chef stations, live music and fireworks. Tickets to Offshore’s inaugural New Year’s Eve event are available for purchase online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend. Cocktail attire required; black tie recommended.

 

Boat Cruises

Celebrate on water with Entertainment Cruises and aboard one of their festive New Year’s Eve fleet options. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises will be hosted Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue, including platinum open bar and complimentary champagne toast, as well as a plated or buffet-style dinner. The cruises will board at 8:30 p.m. and cruise from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. They also offer New Year’s Eve Lunch cruises and a New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch. Please visit here for more information.

 

 

Dining

Plan a delicious dinner at one of Navy Pier’s on-site dining options. For a full listing, please visit the Navy Pier website.

 

 

 

 


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Holiday Shopping at Navy Pier

December 16, 2019

Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion is full of shops offering great holiday gifts for friends, family, colleagues – and maybe even something special for yourself! From stocking stuffers to home décor, check out our guide to holiday shopping at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is a unique destination where you can take in city […]

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Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion is full of shops offering great holiday gifts for friends, family, colleagues – and maybe even something special for yourself! From stocking stuffers to home décor, check out our guide to holiday shopping at Navy Pier.

Navy Pier is a unique destination where you can take in city and lakefront views, experience the 19th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, grab a bite to eat and complete your holiday shopping!

 

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Visit Navy Pier’s Pinterest for our 2019 holiday gift guide inspiration. Check out gifts for the art collector, Chicago lover, architecture enthusiast, home chef, foodie, candle lover and more.

 

 

 

 

Winter Wonder Market

Now through Christmas Eve, visit Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion to see its transformation into the first-ever Winter Wonder Market, your one stop shop to all things holiday. Shop for holiday gifts, indulge in seasonal treats and food specials at onsite establishments and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Winter Wonder Market will keep you happy, festive and fed this season, all while giving you the opportunity to get your holiday shopping done!

 

 

Piertastic Tuesday

If you’re looking for a great deal, stop by Navy Pier on Tuesdays this holiday season to enjoy special deals and savings from Making History, The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, Chicago Sports Store, Magnetic Attractions and more. Visit Navy Pier’s website for a full list of offers.

 

For a full list of retail shops, please visit https://navypier.org/explore/shopping/.

 

 


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Explore The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

December 16, 2019

When the weather outside is frightful, look to Navy Pier’s indoor botanical garden, The Crystal Gardens, for your winter Chicagoland oasis. ABOUT The Crystal Gardens is a beautiful, indoor one-acre botanical garden at Navy Pier. This six-story glass atrium with a 50-foot arched ceiling holds more than 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle […]

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When the weather outside is frightful, look to Navy Pier’s indoor botanical garden, The Crystal Gardens, for your winter Chicagoland oasis.

ABOUT

The Crystal Gardens is a beautiful, indoor one-acre botanical garden at Navy Pier. This six-story glass atrium with a 50-foot arched ceiling holds more than 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. The Crystal Gardens offers beautiful views of the lakefront, Chicago skyline and Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel, and is located just steps from the main entrance to the Pier on the second level.

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS & TRICKS

The Crystal Gardens is one of the most Instagram-worthy spots on the Pier! Whether it’s a selfie or a group photo, you won’t want to miss snapping a picture at this spot.

If you’re looking to plan a private corporate or social event, The Crystal Gardens is a great place to host it! The Crystal Gardens can accommodate groups of 100 to 1,500 guests, and each event is planned individually by a sales and catering representative from Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants. For more information, please visit www.crystalgardensevents.com.

 

NYE

Ring in 2020 at The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party! The celebration is back at Navy Pier for its 14th anniversary to provide an unforgettable experience. The event will include premium top shelf beverages, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants food station package, more than 20 premium liquor bars, midnight champagne toast and more. Purchase your tickets and learn more here.

 

 

MORE TO DO AT NAVY PIER

Discover the holiday magic at Navy Pier this season. Don’t miss the 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest or the new Winter Wonder Market in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

 

Special offers include winter food & drink specials from on-site dining establishments and guests will also enjoy Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Q Brothers Christmas Carol and Chicago Children’s Museum new attraction Cloud Buster.


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Best Winter Activities for Families at Navy Pier

December 6, 2019

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is open year-round and offers great activities, attractions and more to stay entertained and warm this winter season! We’ve listed out some great seasonal activities here at the Pier for you and your family to enjoy.   Sequence Ch!cago: A Blues Christmas A Blues Christmas is a free, special […]

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is open year-round and offers great activities, attractions and more to stay entertained and warm this winter season! We’ve listed out some great seasonal activities here at the Pier for you and your family to enjoy.

 

Sequence Ch!cago: A Blues Christmas

A Blues Christmas is a free, special concert presented in collaboration with Alligator Records and is the final program of the Sequence Ch!cago music and market series, supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. Visit the Aon Grand Ballroom on Friday, December 20 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and enjoy Toronzo Cannon and guests Lil’ Ed, Lynne Jordan and Matthew Skoller as they perform classics from Alligator Records’ Christmas collection, along with other seasonal favorites.

 

 

Winter Wonder Market

Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion has transformed this holiday season into an all-new holiday market. Winter Wonder Market is your one-stop-shop to all things holiday featuring holiday gifts, seasonal treats, daily appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus and free gift wrapping with any $20 purchase from a Navy Pier merchant (limit 3 gifts to be wrapped). Winter Wonder Market opened on Friday, November 29 and will run through Tuesday, December 24.

 

 

19th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

Packed with fun for all ages, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is a favorite Chicago family winter event, featuring 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, holiday-themed activities, the Xfinity Ice Skating Rink and more. Make a full staycation of it with Hilton’s bundle packages and experience sensory friendly hours on Thursday, January 9 from 4 – 8 p.m. New this year, try The Wind Chill, a brand-new exciting ride! Purchase tickets here.

 

 

Centennial Wheel

No trip to Navy Pier is complete with a ride on the iconic Centennial Wheel, and this includes a winter visit! No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views. And great news – each Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest ticket includes a ride on the Centennial Wheel (valid through March 2020), so you and your family can enjoy a ride all season long.

 

 

 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

Now through December 23, Chicago hip hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, heat up the holiday season with a wildly entertaining ad-rap-tation of Charles Dickens’ classic. The crew mashes up hip hop with contemporary musical styles, ranging from reggae to dancehall music, dubstep and rock ballads. Most enjoyed by ages 12 and up, this is a great entertaining show for families. Buy your tickets today here.

 

 

Winter Food & Drink Specials

This winter, enjoy wintry specials at participating onsite establishments during Winter Wonder Market. Participating partners include America’s Dog & Burger, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Giordano’s, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Margaritaville Chicago, Offshore, Riva Crabhouse and Tiny Tavern. Visit here for a full list of specials to get inspired!

 

 


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12 Days of Giving

December 4, 2019

Holiday cheer is here! Navy Pier is hosting a #12DaysofGiving social media giveaway on Navy Pier’s Facebook from December 1 – December 12. Each day, one lucky person will receive a special holiday gift from one of Navy Pier’s partners across dining, retail, cultural attractions and more, as well as tickets for the iconic Centennial […]

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Holiday cheer is here! Navy Pier is hosting a #12DaysofGiving social media giveaway on Navy Pier’s Facebook from December 1 – December 12. Each day, one lucky person will receive a special holiday gift from one of Navy Pier’s partners across dining, retail, cultural attractions and more, as well as tickets for the iconic Centennial Wheel.

Check out our Facebook page daily to enter the giveaways for a chance to win. ‘Tis the season!

 

December 1: $50 gift certificate to Harry Caray’s Tavern and a pair of Centennial Wheel tickets *winner has been selected

December 2: Best Gift Idea Ever “Chicago” frame and a pair of Centennial Wheel tickets *winner has been selected

December 3: Chicago Sports Store Felt Banner and a pair of Centennial Wheel tickets

December 4: Four passes to Chicago Children’s Museum and four Centennial Wheel tickets

December 5: Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze passes for four and four Centennial Wheel tickets

December 6: 4 pack of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets and complimentary parking

December 7: 4 pack of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets and complimentary parking

December 8: 4 pack of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets and complimentary parking

December 9: A pair of tickets to Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” and a pair of Centennial Wheel tickets

December 10: $50 gift certificate to Offshore and a pair of VIP Gondola tickets on the Centennial Wheel

December 11: A $100 Riva Crabhouse gift certificate and a pair of VIP Gondola tickets on the Centennial Wheel

December 12: Dinner cruise on Spirit of Chicago and a pair of VIP Gondola tickets on the Centennial Wheel

While you’re visiting Navy Pier, don’t miss the first-ever Winter Wonder Market in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion or 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opening December 6. Purchase tickets here!

 


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10 Tasty Snack Options at Navy Pier

November 22, 2019

A day at Navy Pier is not complete without a delicious snack or two! Before, during or after your visit to the Pier, try one of these tasty and quick treats. Whether you’re craving salty, sweet or cheesy, we’re sure your taste buds will be happy. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds: Completely Nuts French Fries: McDonald’s Fried […]

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A day at Navy Pier is not complete without a delicious snack or two! Before, during or after your visit to the Pier, try one of these tasty and quick treats. Whether you’re craving salty, sweet or cheesy, we’re sure your taste buds will be happy.

  1. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds: Completely Nuts
  2. French Fries: McDonald’s
  3. Fried Pickle Chips with sriracha ranch: Harry Caray’s Tavern
  4. Garrett Mix featuring the world famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix: Garrett Popcorn Shops
  5. Hazelnut Macaron: Snow Dragon Shavery
  6. Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel: Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels
  7. Street Corn Nachos with ranchero tortilla chips, Monterey jack cheese sauce, seasoned sweet corn, cotija cheese, cayenne pepper, topped with cilantro and served with pickled jalapenos and lime wedges: Tiny Tavern
  8. “The Best” Tomato Bruschetta with fresh diced tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze on crispy garlic toast: Giordano’s
  9. Tramontana Cone featuring vanilla gelato streaked with milk caramel and chocolate chips: FRÍO Gelato
  10. Turtle Cupcake with chocolate and caramel: Brown Sugar Bakery

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Navy Pier Through The Years

November 20, 2019

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, has gone through an exciting evolution over the last 100+ years! As 2019 comes to a close, we thought this would be a great time to revisit the amazing developments Navy Pier has experienced, starting with its 1916 opening as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago. Then and […]

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, has gone through an exciting evolution over the last 100+ years! As 2019 comes to a close, we thought this would be a great time to revisit the amazing developments Navy Pier has experienced, starting with its 1916 opening as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago. Then and now, Navy Pier has been a Chicago icon and popular destination throughout its history.

 

1916
Opened to the public in 1916 and originally named “Municipal Pier,” Navy Pier was built under nationally-known architect Charles Sumner Frost based on Daniel Burnham’s “Master Plan of Chicago.” The purpose of the Pier was to be a shipping and recreation facility.

1927
The Pier experienced a name change this year! Municipal Pier was officially renamed Navy Pier in 1927 as a tribute to the Navy personnel who were housed at the Pier during World War I.

1977
Fifty years later, Navy Pier was designated a Chicago landmark, positioning the Pier as an unforgettable destination in the city and across the globe.

1994
Navy Pier underwent a redevelopment in 1994 with improvements made to nearly every aspect of the Pier!

1995
Nearly twenty five years ago, Navy Pier reopened in July 1995 to the public. Since then, Navy Pier has offered a diverse and eclectic experience to guests and remains one of the most unique settings in the world.

2011
In July 2011, Navy Pier, Inc., the newly formed not-for-profit entity entrusted with the operation and redevelopment of Navy Pier, put forth The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. The vision’s purpose was to expand the Pier’s audience and enrich the experience of guests.

2016
The Pier 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. The Centennial Vision became a reality this year, too, with vibrant architectural, cultural, environmental and recreational landscape developments and improvements.

Today
In 2019, the Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts, including a 220-room Hilton hotel, now-open Offshore Rooftop & Bar, and more. In addition, the Pier offers free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe.

 

We can’t wait to see what the next 100 years holds for Navy Pier!

 


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10 Things We’re Thankful For

November 15, 2019

We cannot wait for Thanksgiving and besides all of the turkey, stuffing and family memories, this holiday is a great time for reflection and gratitude. At Navy Pier there is so much to be thankful for, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here’s our list of 10!   Chicago: Navy Pier is proud to be […]

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We cannot wait for Thanksgiving and besides all of the turkey, stuffing and family memories, this holiday is a great time for reflection and gratitude. At Navy Pier there is so much to be thankful for, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here’s our list of 10!

 

  1. Chicago: Navy Pier is proud to be Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination for nearly 9 million guests per year. Whether it’s Lake Michigan’s stunning views, the city skyline, or changing seasons, Navy Pier would not be the same without this amazing city.
  2. Navy Pier Guests: From locals to international guests, we are so thankful for everyone who visits the Pier and enjoys all that there is to offer, from attractions to dining, retail to cruises and beyond.  
  3. Free Arts and Cultural Programming: Navy Pier is committed to offering guests free, one-of-kind experiences and year-round arts and cultural programming. We’re so thankful to be able to host these events and welcome all to attend. This month, join us for Housegiving, a free house music celebration and donation drive for the homeless, featuring special DJ performances from local artists! The event will be held Wednesday, November 27 from 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Learn more here and hope to see you there!
  4. Dining & Retail: We want to thank all of the wonderful dining options throughout the Pier, from table service restaurants to kiosks to counter service spots, for keeping Navy Pier guests happy and fed! We are also grateful for the wonderful retailers throughout Navy Pier who provide great gifts, collectibles, apparel and more.
  5. Cruises and Tours of Chicago: As Navy Pier is Chicago’s lakefront treasure, we’re so thankful for our boating partners and other tours of Chicago that depart from the Pier.
  6. Safety and Accessibility: Navy Pier is committed to providing the best experience for guests in making their visit to Navy Pier safe, accessible, comfortable and enjoyable. We are grateful to continue to provide that to our guests.
  7. Centennial Wheel and Attractions: There’s no better way to see the city and Lake Michigan than on the iconic Centennial Wheel! We’re so thankful to have Pier Park and exciting rides and attractions to keep guests entertained and having fun here.
  8. Cultural Attractions: Navy Pier is home to many of the most beloved attractions in the city, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier IMAX® at AMC. We’re so proud to be the home of these mission-driven cultural spots.
  9. Events at Navy Pier: Navy Pier is grateful to be the venue for so many spectacular events held in the city. From the Aon Grand Ballroom and The Crystal Gardens to Festival Hall and Lakeview Terrace, Navy Pier’s breathtaking venues and unmatched service provide an unparalleled private event experience.
  10. Pier-wide Partners: Navy Pier is so thankful to all corporate partners and lead foundation partner Polk Bros Foundation for its generous support: American Airlines, Aon, Big Bus Chicago, Fifth Third Bank, Impact, Miller Lite, Pepsi and People’s Energy.

 

Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend With Us!

Although Navy Pier is closed for Thanksgiving, we invite you to celebrate the weekend with us! Don’t miss Housegiving on Wednesday, November 27. Also, Navy Pier will be open on Black Friday and will be unveiling the first-ever Winter Wonder Market. Your one-stop shop for all things holiday, Winter Wonder Market will feature unique gifts, seasonal treats and food specials and special appearances by Santa & Mrs. Claus. Please check back on our website for details on the opening day!

 

 


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The Best Activities for Senior Citizens at Navy Pier

November 14, 2019

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier and is an accessible, fun and affordable destination for all age groups! For seniors looking to have a great day at Chicago’s lakefront treasure, we’ve listed out some of the best activities at the Pier.   Chicago Shakespeare Theater Catch a play at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a leading international […]

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Navy Pier is the People’s Pier and is an accessible, fun and affordable destination for all age groups! For seniors looking to have a great day at Chicago’s lakefront treasure, we’ve listed out some of the best activities at the Pier.

 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Catch a play at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a leading international theater company. This winter season, enjoy the classic “Romeo and Juliet” through December 22 or enjoy the festive holiday show “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” from November 29 to December 23. Purchase tickets online or at the box office and learn more at chicagoshakes.com.

 

 

 

Table Service Restaurants and Dining

For a delicious and relaxing meal, visit one of the many table service restaurants and dining options at Navy Pier. Offshore, the largest rooftop venue in the U.S., opened this summer and offers spectacular views, cocktails and fare. Giordano’s is also a must for pizza lovers and Riva Crabhouse features fresh seafood, steak and pasta for an elevated meal.

 

 

 

Centennial Wheel

Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel is a year-round, comfortable attraction that is climate controlled and great for all ages! Take in views of Chicago and Lake Michigan in the enclosed gondolas and wow friends and family with the spectacular photos from your ride. Adults can save $2 on tickets when they purchase online.

 

 

 

Navy Pier IMAX® at AMC

Seniors will have a blast at Navy Pier IMAX at AMC for an immersive movie experience. With reserved seating, clear sound, food and drink options from MacGuffins Bar, assisted listening devices, wheelchair access and more, this is the place to be for senior movie lovers at Navy Pier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail and Shopping

From apparel and accessories to collectible items, Navy Pier’s various retail options offer something that senior citizens will love. Purchase a cozy sweatshirt from the Navy Pier Store, delicious spices from The Spice House, handcrafted jewelry from Nakamol Chicago and Garrett Popcorn to-go for family members at home!

 

 

 


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Stay Cozy with These Winter Comfort Foods at Navy Pier

November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but the temperature is downright wintry! Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, offers many restaurants and dining destinations to keep you nourished, cozy and full this season.  Check out these great winter comfort foods below and make your visit to the Pier soon for a delicious meal!  Three […]

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Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but the temperature is downright wintry! Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, offers many restaurants and dining destinations to keep you nourished, cozy and full this season. 

Check out these great winter comfort foods below and make your visit to the Pier soon for a delicious meal! 

  • Three Cheese Oven Flatbread at Offshore with tomato and herbs 
  • Double Cheezborger “The Best” at Billy Goat Tavern with fries 
  • Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. with noodles, sautéed shrimp, freshly grated cheddar, Monterey jack and parmesan cheeses, topped with golden brown breadcrumbs 
  • The Special Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s with sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions
  • St. Louis Spare Ribs at Harry Caray’s Tavern with bread and butter pickles, Texas toast and choice of side 
  • Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville featuring Cajun rice, shrimp, chicken and Andouille sausage simmered in a spicy broth 
  • Skirt Steak and Frites at Riva Crabhouse with a USDA Prime 14 ounce steak, blue cheese and frites 
  • Wisconsin Cheese Curds at Tiny Tavern with chipotle mayo 
  • Meatball Sandwich at Potbelly Sandwich Shop with marinara sauce and melted provolone cheese on a multigrain roll 
  • Louisville Dog at America’s Dog & Burger with a deep fried dog, smoked cheddar sauce, maple bourbon bacon and onion strings on a pretzel roll 
  • Orange Chicken at Big Bowl Chinese Express with a side of fried rice
  • 3-Piece Fried Chicken at Big City Chicken with a side of cheese fries
  • Pizza by the Slice at Frankie’s
  • Steak Nachos at Lalo’s with a side of street corn 

Next time you’re at Navy Pier this season, indulge in a tasty and comforting meal at one of the onsite establishments! And while you’re here, don’t forget to sip on a warm holiday beverage from Starbuck’s or a glass of red wine at various partners to top it off. 


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5 Hidden Gems at Navy Pier

November 8, 2019

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is full of hidden gems and surprises. From places to eat to shops to explore, we’ve rounded up five spots at Navy Pier you might not have checked out yet. Read below and make sure to stop by on your next visit to the Pier!   Art Now! Faces […]

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is full of hidden gems and surprises. From places to eat to shops to explore, we’ve rounded up five spots at Navy Pier you might not have checked out yet. Read below and make sure to stop by on your next visit to the Pier!

 

Art Now! Faces in Focus

Faces in Focus is a premiere caricature and face painting destination, located conveniently in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. Founder and award-winning artist Lothar Speer and a team of talented illustrators and artists capture guests on paper through portraits, silhouettes, caricatures and face painting art. Faces in Focus is available for individual and group sittings, as well as surprise engagement drawings. They’ve even been featured on local and national TV, including the “Steve Harvey Show.”

 

Magnetic Attraction

Magnetic Attraction features a large variety of collectible magnets, key chains and other awesome items. Browse the biggest selection of magnets in the Midwest at Navy Pier! Whether it’s for a fridge accessory or a stocking stuffer for the holidays, you’ll be sure to find something great and unique at Magnetic Attraction.  

 

 

 

The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop

At The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, guests will find items from local, creative artists for a true Chicago shopping experience. Their mission is to create a community where Chicago artists and neighborhoods can showcase their works, so it’s a great place to support local and give back to the city we all love and Navy Pier calls home.

 

Completely Nuts

 

If you are in need of a snack after all that shopping, stop by Completely Nuts for delicious roasted almonds, cashews, pecans and peanuts. Each batch is roasted to perfection in copper kettles using fresh ground cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. No oils or preservatives are used in the cooking process, ensuring the best products, gourmet flavor and maximum freshness. Yum!

 

 

The Crystal Gardens

After all of this exploring, relax in The Crystal Gardens, a beautiful indoor botanical garden at Navy Pier. The six-story glass atrium features a 50-foot arched ceiling and holds more than 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. No matter the weather outside, The Crystal Gardens is a hidden nature oasis in the middle of Navy Pier. The Crystal Gardens also offers great views of the lakefront, Chicago skyline and the iconic Centennial Wheel.

 


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Tickets on Sale Now for Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest!

November 6, 2019

‘Tis the season for holiday fun at Navy Pier’s 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! For more than five weeks, guests can dash through an indoor winter wonderland as Chicago’s iconic lakefront destinations transforms its Festival Hall into a dazzling spectacle with 170,000 square feet of holiday fun. The event kicks off on Friday, […]

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‘Tis the season for holiday fun at Navy Pier’s 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! For more than five weeks, guests can dash through an indoor winter wonderland as Chicago’s iconic lakefront destinations transforms its Festival Hall into a dazzling spectacle with 170,000 square feet of holiday fun. The event kicks off on Friday, December 6, 2019 and runs through Sunday, January 12, 2020. Buy your tickets now and learn everything you need to know about Midwest’s popular annual holiday event below!

Tickets 

Buy online to save more! Tickets can be purchased online or at the on-site box office. Ticket options vary based on date, height/age, time of sale and location of sale.

Hours

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens at 10 a.m. each day and closing hours vary. Visit here for the full calendar and schedule.

 

Rides & Attractions


Packed with indoor fun for all ages, 170,000 square feet will be adorned with a variety of attractions, including rides, giant slides, indoor ice skating, a carousel and more. Browse a list of all of the rides here to get excited!

For more entertainment, aerial acrobats will be performing each weekend at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. and Winter WonderTown’s holiday mini-town will be open for guests. Visit the Aquafina Cookie Cottage for cookie decorating and take a ride on the Arctic Express Train to round out your visit.

 

What’s New

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest will feature a brand-new attraction, The Wind Chill, which will take holiday lovers on an exciting ride to heights of nearly 53 feet above the indoor winter playground.

On the way to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, guests can stroll through the first-ever Winter Wonder Market, where Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion will be transformed into an all-new holiday market featuring meet-and-greet opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday shopping and seasonal treats from onsite dining establishments. Winter Wonder Market will open on Black Friday through Christmas Eve. Check back for more information and schedule updates on the website.

Holiday Parties

Looking for more reasons to visit Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest? Plan a holiday bash, from corporate events to birthday parties and more, with Navy Pier’s all-inclusive package options. Choose from packages like Very Merry Mixer, Sleigh Ride Soiree, Holly Jolly Jamboree and Silver Bells Celebration. Download the form here to check out the options and book your party by calling (312) 595-5300 or email navypierevents@navypier.org.  

 

 

 

More to Know

On Thursday, January 9, Navy Pier will host sensory friendly hours from 4 – 8 p.m., consisting of discounted tickets, limited lighting, reduced sound, quiet zones and more to accommodate the special needs community.

Groups of 20 or more can save on Group Admission passes, so visit here if you have a larger group interested in attending!

For the comfort and safety of all Navy Pier guests, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Also, if you’re looking for a sneak peek to the event, join the Navy Pier Associate Board for Cheer at the Pier, the exclusive opening party of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest on Thursday, December 5 from 5 – 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy an open bar (21+), appetizers and access to all rides and activities.

 


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National Sandwich Day is Almost Here

November 1, 2019

National Sandwich Day is November 3rd, so bite into a delicious sandwich or two at Navy Pier! From classic subs to shrimp po’ boys, we are loving all of the options here at the Pier. This Sunday, make your family and friends happy with an awesome lunch or dinner at Navy Pier to celebrate National […]

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National Sandwich Day is November 3rd, so bite into a delicious sandwich or two at Navy Pier! From classic subs to shrimp po’ boys, we are loving all of the options here at the Pier. This Sunday, make your family and friends happy with an awesome lunch or dinner at Navy Pier to celebrate National Sandwich Day.

 

Beach Club at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
It will be a day at the beach with this sandwich, filled with sliced roasted turkey and ham, Swiss cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted country white bread.

 

Cheeseburger at Billy Goat Tavern
While some may say burgers aren’t sandwiches, we disagree! Let Billy Goat Tavern show you why with their classic “Cheezborger” made famous by a Saturday Night Live skit.

 

Chicago Dog at America’s Dog & Burger
With mustard, relish, onion, tomato, sport peppers, pickle and celery salt, America’s Dog & Burger offers all their City Dogs in regular, jumbo, all-natural and veggie for a great National Sandwich Day spot for every taste and preference.

 

Crab Cake Sandwich at Riva Crabhouse
This seafood destination at Navy Pier offers this sandwich with crab cake, toasted brioche, vegetable slaw and louis sauce.

 

Falafelicious Wrap at IDOF
Falafel with a spread of hummus, cucumber-tomato, red cabbage slaw, tabouli and tahini wrapped in Laffa bread is a great grab-and-go National Sandwich Day option.

 

Fried Amish Chicken Sandwich at Offshore
Take in spectacular views while feasting on this fried chicken sandwich, served with a Hawaiian roll, southern slaw and hot sauce.

 

Italian Beef at Giordano’s
With tender Italian-style beef on a toasted garlic Italian roll with sweet peppers, spicy giardiniera and beef jus, you won’t be missing pizza at all with this sandwich from Giordano’s.

 

Original Crispy Sandwich at Big City Chicken
This stop offers crispy, delicious, golden-brown fried chicken, available in fried chicken, chicken strips or on a sandwich – perfect for National Sandwich Day! Don’t forget to wash it down with a refreshing root beer float.

 

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Harry Caray’s Tavern
This classic barbecue sandwich with coleslaw, bread & butter pickles and a brioche bun will be a hit on National Sandwich Day.

 

Shrimp Po’ Boy at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Transport yourself to New Orleans with the Shrimp Po’ Boy, featuring a fresh toasted baguette stuffed with warm, hand breaded shrimp, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and mayo.

 

Turkey Club at Potbelly
Enjoy a classic sub sandwich with this all-natural, hand-pulled, slow-roasted turkey with Nueske’s bacon and cheddar cheese toasted and then topped with fresh lettuce, tomato and mayo on multigrain.

 


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The 9 Best Treats to Celebrate National Chocolate Day

October 28, 2019

Monday, October 28 is a chocolate lovers’ dream day: National Chocolate Day! At Navy Pier’s on-site restaurants and establishments, there are many ways to celebrate the day and indulge in delicious chocolate offerings. We’ve rounded up the 9 best National Chocolate Day treats below so head to the Pier with your sweet tooth!   1.       Dark […]

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Monday, October 28 is a chocolate lovers’ dream day: National Chocolate Day! At Navy Pier’s on-site restaurants and establishments, there are many ways to celebrate the day and indulge in delicious chocolate offerings.

We’ve rounded up the 9 best National Chocolate Day treats below so head to the Pier with your sweet tooth!

 

Photo Courtesy: Bubba Gump

1.       Dark Chocolate Fondue at Offshore: With marshmallows and salty pretzels

2.       Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies served with warm vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate and caramel sauce, peanuts and whipped cream

3.       Oversized Skillet Cookie at Giordano’s: Choice of chocolate chunk or salted caramel, freshly baked in the pizza oven and topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate or sea salt caramel sauce

4.       Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae at Harry Caray’s Tavern: Chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream served in a keepsake Cubs or Sox helmet bowl

 

Photo Courtesy: Ozzie’s Pops and Pretzels

6.       Chocolate Brownie Cookie at Potbelly: Freshly baked chocolate brownie cookie

7.       Oreo Chocolate Pop at Ozzie Pops & Pretzels: Made with all-natural ingredients on-site daily

8.       Chocolate Gelato at FRÍO Gelato: Made with real melted chocolate

9.       Chocolate Cupcakes from Brown Sugar Bakery: Decadent homemade cupcakes

 

 

 

 


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Celebrate Halloween at Navy Pier!

October 22, 2019

Navy Pier is full of fun and fright this October with several Halloween festivities offered throughout the month, in addition to Pier Pumpkin Lights, the Pier’s new, free pumpkin pop-up experience on display now through November 2. Whether you are with family, friends or your significant other, the Pier is the place to be this […]

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Navy Pier is full of fun and fright this October with several Halloween festivities offered throughout the month, in addition to Pier Pumpkin Lights, the Pier’s new, free pumpkin pop-up experience on display now through November 2. Whether you are with family, friends or your significant other, the Pier is the place to be this Halloween!

 

Trick-Or-Treating
Dress up in your best costumes for three dates of free trick-or-treating at participating Pier establishments.

  • Free
  • Saturday, October 26
  • Sunday, October 27
  • Thursday, October 31
  • 2 – 6 p.m.

Haunted Maze

On select weekend dates and on Halloween, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze will transform into a Haunted Maze inspired by famous Chicago ghost stories for a spooky, twisty time. Please note, guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter without a paying adult chaperone and the maze is not recommended for guests under the age of 10.

  • $15/person
  • Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27
  • Thursday, October 31
  • 5 p.m. – closing

Cosplay on the Pier: Halloween Fest 2019

This inaugural event will feature a designated cosplay photo area, RSVP perks and after-party! Please visit here to pre-register for the event and receive the following perks: one free Centennial Wheel ticket, discounted parking, a chance to be entered into two costume contests, portrait opportunities with professional photographers, discounted and themed food and drink specials and entry to the Cosplayer After-Party at Harry Caray’s (must be 21 and older to enter).

  • Free
  • Saturday, October 26
  • 2 – 10 p.m.

HalloWheel

The first 1,031 guests to register for tickets will enjoy complimentary access to the Centennial Wheel during normal operating hours on Thursday, October 31 (weather permitting). Ticket registration will go live on Thursday, October 24, so stay tuned!  

  • Free
  • Thursday, October 31
  • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

October Food & Beverage Specials

Treat yourself at the following on-site partners for special fall-inspired food & beverage specials, available all month long:

  • Big Bowl, Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Giordano’s, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Margaritaville, Riva Crabhouse, Snow Dragon Shavery, Tiny Tavern
  • Prices vary
  • Through October 31
  • Standard Pier operating hours


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