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Thank Goodness It’s Fry Day!

July 12, 2019

Happy #NationalFrenchFryDay! At Navy Pier, we believe all holidays are special and today’s celebration is no exception. The best way to observe the day is to enjoy some great french fries this weekend. No matter what your favorite topping, dipping sauce or potato preference, Navy Pier is the place to be.   Harry Caray’s Tavern […]

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Happy #NationalFrenchFryDay! At Navy Pier, we believe all holidays are special and today’s celebration is no exception. The best way to observe the day is to enjoy some great french fries this weekend. No matter what your favorite topping, dipping sauce or potato preference, Navy Pier is the place to be.

 

Harry Caray’s Tavern

If you are a fan of sports and amazing food, head on down to Harry Caray’s Tavern. Treat yourself to smoked barbecue, a world class collection of sports memorabilia and the sweet potato fries to switch it up from the usual french fry.

 

 

Lalo’s

For nearly 30 years, Lalo’s has served refined Mexican cuisine to the Chicago community. At the Navy Pier outpost, be sure to try the Mexican Cheese Fries with custom toppings like pico de gallo and chorizo.

 

 

Offshore Rooftop & Bar

Offshore is the largest rooftop venue in the world offering a wide assortment of delectable appetizers, entrees and cocktails. For National French Fry Day, dive into the Shoestring Potato Stack with baked trimmings to complement your favorite cocktail while taking in Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline views.

 

 

IDOF (I Dream of Falafel)

I Dream of Falafel (IDOF) serves up delicious Middle Eastern and Medditeranean flavors. If you are ready for a National French Fry Day challenge, get ready to take on their IDOFries: french fries topped with a generous portion of gyros, onions, tomato, pepperoncini, feta, IDOF hot sauce and tzatziki. It’s as good as it looks!

 

 

Enjoy fries at a variety of other dining establishments at the pier!


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Date Night Spots at Navy Pier

July 10, 2019

Navy Pier is not just a destination for fun and excitement; it’s also a must-visit spot for romance and your next date night! Whether you’re on your first date or your 50th, the Pier has just what you’re looking for to make every special outing unforgettable. Escape to a Tropical Paradise  Crystal Gardens: Enjoy a […]

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Navy Pier is not just a destination for fun and excitement; it’s also a must-visit spot for romance and your next date night! Whether you’re on your first date or your 50th, the Pier has just what you’re looking for to make every special outing unforgettable.

Escape to a Tropical Paradise 


Crystal Gardens: Enjoy a serene oasis that combines the beauty of the outdoors with the comfort of the indoors as you and your date take in the lush scenery at Crystal Gardens. Featuring a six-story glass atrium, more than 80 live palm trees, twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains, this spot will start or end your date off right.

 

 

Soar to New Heights

 Centennial Wheel: If you’ve ever felt like you’re walking on air when you’re with your partner, now you can experience the real thing! No dream date is complete without a ride on the treasured Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier. Share a date in the clouds nearly 200 feet in the sky and don’t forget to take a few photos at this photogenic spot!

 

 

 

Date Night at the Theatre 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Head over to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater for an exhilarating performance of “SIX,” a musical about the untold stories about the lives of the wives of Henry VIII. Instagram – Credit: @jfalanco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capture New Memories 

Navy Pier Photo Booth by Innovative Foto: A photo strip from the Navy Pier Photo Booth by Innovative Foto is a special keepsake for you and your significant other to remember the fun times you had on your date at the Pier. The Navy Pier Photo Booth is located near Riva Crabhouse, a great dinner spot, too!

 

 

 

 

 

Ride in Tandem with your Number One 

Bike and Roll Chicago: As a couple, deciding how to spend your day at Navy Pier can be challenging with so many great options. Rent a tandem bike or Quadcycle for two from Bike and Roll Chicago and pedal down the Pier together for a festive activity.

 

 

 

 

Sail Away on a Cruise

Cruises: Relax on a Lake Michigan boat ride with Navy Pier’s impressive fleet of lunch, dinner, fireworks and sightseeing cruises. Treat your significant other to any of these magnificent ships with unparalleled views of the city, the skyline, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River to make some extra special memories. Instagram – Credit: @nckstagram

 

 

 

 

 

Raise the Roof (and your glass!) 


Offshore: To top off an amazing day at the Pier, visit Offshore, the largest rooftop venue in the world featuring a full service bar, world-class kitchen and several lavish gathering spaces for you and your special someone to toast to an amazing date. Be sure to catch the Aon Summer Fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays while sipping a cocktail or two!

 

 

 

No matter how you choose to spend date night at Navy Pier, all are welcome to celebrate being together and making memories.


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Top 10 Instagrammable Selfie Spots on the Pier

June 24, 2019

In case you missed it, Friday, June 21, 2019 was #NationalSelfieDay. June 21, 2014 was a momentous day in social media history when DJ Rick McNeely founded National Selfie Day. Five years later, here are the top 10 selfie worthy spots at Navy Pier to help you celebrate this festive social media holiday! 1. Aboard […]

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In case you missed it, Friday, June 21, 2019 was #NationalSelfieDay. June 21, 2014 was a momentous day in social media history when DJ Rick McNeely founded National Selfie Day. Five years later, here are the top 10 selfie worthy spots at Navy Pier to help you celebrate this festive social media holiday!

1. Aboard the Centennial Wheel

One of the most iconic places to take pictures on the Pier is on the Centennial Wheel, featuring 42 climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas. The Wheel provides guests a chance to ascend 200 feet into the air and offers unparalleled 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan to take your selfie game to new heights. Instagram – Credit: @heidizeigerphotography

2. Enter a Sweet Paradise at It’Sugar

It’Sugar, the largest specialty candy retailer in the world, is a colorful candy wonderland with a location at Navy Pier that is perfect for any eye catching selfie. Grab a rainbow lollipop or a giant box of your favorite candy and pose behind this sweet background, but try not to get temped on the way out!

3. Take a Cruise on the Odyssey

The Pier’s first-class dining cruise ship Odyssey is one of the best places for a selfie. With panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, you too can achieve that perfect windblown hair look for your picture. Instagram – Credit: @nadinee._

4. Escape into a Tropical Paradise at Crystal Gardens

A popular venue for countless weddings, events and celebrations, Crystal Gardens is a one-acre indoor botanical garden with a 50-foot arched ceiling, over 80 palm trees, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains that give the space a tropical feel. A unique aspect of a Crystal Gardens selfie is that the dancing leapfrog fountains spray water across the room to give you an interactive, engaging photo. Instagram – Credit: @elizabethurbik

5. Explore West Garage

The skyline has a certain je ne sais quoi when you’re on the top floors of the West Garage. Don’t just let us convince you, see for yourself! Instagram – Credit: @devindeangelis

6. Offshore Rooftop & Bar

The largest rooftop venue in the nation, Offshore, is right at home at Navy Pier! This 36,000 square foot venue will let you take picturesque selfies with Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline in the background. Raise a toast at the Pier’s newest luxury rooftop bar and restaurant to celebrate living life to the fullest and always trying to see your Beachfire Margarita or Cruise Control cocktail half full. For more information, please visit Offshore. Instagram – Credit: @emma__vel

7. North and South of Pier Park

If you stand on either side of Pier Park, you can capture selfies with a classic carnival feel to them with the Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger, Carousel and parts of Chicago in the background. Before you take your selfies, check out these Instagrammers for inspiration: Instagram@life_with_criss, Instagram@rommelaleta     

8. City and Lake Stages (Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns)

The Lake Stage and City Stage at Polk Bros Park are great places to snap a pic with the serene blue waters of Lake Michigan contrasting with the bright grass to highlight Chicago’s vibrant nature. On these lush performance lawns, your selfies have never looked better.

9. Wave Wall

Aerodynamically designed to be pleasing to the eye, the Wave Wall has contouring lines and angles to give you an interesting selfie that will get people commenting on your Gram. The Wave Wall is where the Pier hosts Wave Wall Wax, a free live DJ series on Saturday afternoons open to the public all summer long. Instagram – Credit: @maxwbender

10. East End of the Pier

The end of the Pier is a prime photogenic spot for selfies and pictures, a known secret among regulars. From this unique vantage point your selfies will show water, the sky, the city and the Pier from a whole new perspective.

National Selfie Day is a holiday that is meant to be celebrated by all. Capture your best angles on the Pier and post them with #NavyPier and #NationalSelfieDay. Bring your friends, your family and even your pets, and celebrate with us Navy Pier style!


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Treat Dad to a Day on the Pier

June 12, 2019

Navy Pier has something for every Dad for Father’s Day 2019! Whether Dad is a music and theater lover, foodie, sporty type, thrill seeker, classic Chicago lover or a combination of a few, excitement awaits the whole family this Father’s Day.   Art Aficionado For dads who are fans of music and theater, visit Chicago […]

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Navy Pier has something for every Dad for Father’s Day 2019! Whether Dad is a music and theater lover, foodie, sporty type, thrill seeker, classic Chicago lover or a combination of a few, excitement awaits the whole family this Father’s Day.

 

Art Aficionado

For dads who are fans of music and theater, visit Chicago Shakespeare Theater for a showing of SIX, the sensational musical about the wives of Henry VIII with a contemporary remixed pop sound. You can also bring Dad to the Miller Lite Beer Garden from 2 to 8 p.m. for the Pier’s free live musical performance series, Live on the Lake!, featuring “International Pier Sounds” from Golpe Tierra, DJ Papa G and Kofi and the New Roots.

Food Connoisseur

If your old man loves to try new foods and enjoy classic favorites, the Pier has a multitude of choices from sit down restaurants to unique and specialty food kiosks. If you really want to wow Dad you can book a formal steak dinner on the Odyssey, a world class dinner cruise ship! Riva Crabhouse is another go-to spot for fresh seafood or you can help Dad enjoy (or finish) a Ben & Jerry’s cone or gourmet popsicle from Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels.

Sports Fanatic

Fathers who like to sit in front of the TV when the big game starts or check their phone for the latest game stats can shop at Chicago Sports Store for the best gear. Buy a hat for dad to add to his collection or he can just marvel at the amazing Chicago flag in the back made entirely out of hats!

Chicago Enthusiast

Dads who love the history and beauty of Chicago can take it all in at the Pier with signature food tours by Chicago Food Planet, Quadcycle rentals at Bike and Roll Chicago and with a classic sightseeing and architectural cruise.

Thrill Seeker

Navy Pier has a variety of options if your dad is an adrenaline lover. Vertiport Helicopter Tours and Chicago Helicopter Experience will take your excitement to new heights as Dad and the family enjoys city lights and sights with spectacular aerial views over the water and skyline. Virtual Rush is a highly interactive and immersive virtual reality motion ride soaring the skies of a futuristic Chicago city-scape. If your dad loves being on the water, try a ride on Seadog, the Pier’s beloved speedboat ride, that will get his heart pumping! Plus, no trip to the Pier is complete without a spin on the year-round Centennial Wheel. Soar 200ft above the ground and enjoy spectacular 360 views of the city and lake. 


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Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier

May 20, 2019

Memorial Day marks the start of summer, and now is the time to begin planning a weekend of fun and celebration. Look no further than Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, for an unforgettable holiday weekend. From live music and delicious dining to lakefront views and stunning fireworks, grab your friends, family and loved ones […]

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Memorial Day marks the start of summer, and now is the time to begin planning a weekend of fun and celebration. Look no further than Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, for an unforgettable holiday weekend. From live music and delicious dining to lakefront views and stunning fireworks, grab your friends, family and loved ones and ring in the start of summer at the Pier!

THINGS TO DO

Live on the Lake!

Live on the Lake!

The popular live concert series hosted at the Miller Lite Beer Garden begins Friday, May 24, and continues every Saturday and Sunday, as well as other select dates, through Labor Day. With an exciting roster of musicians at the beautiful lakeside venue, guests will enjoy the following line-up this Memorial Day weekend:

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. The live music program brings the city’s incredible DJ culture to the lakefront from 4 – 6 p.m. each week. Kicking off the series on Saturday, May 25 is DJ Milty Evans live on air with Vocalo Radio.

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. 

More to do

Dine

From casual counter service restaurants and sit-down restaurants to seasonal kiosks, you’ll find crave-worthy snacks, meals, desserts and drinks at Navy Pier. Grab a cone from new spot Frio Gelato, featuring classic Argentinian gelato and sorbet, or indulge with fresh seafood, steaks and pasta at Riva Crabhouse.

Shop

Shop local throughout the Pier. From Shops like the Urban Neighborhood Gift Shop to Sweet Home Chicago, you’ll find something unique and Chicago-centric.  

Get Social

Navy Pier is an awesome Instagrammable-spot. Head to the Crystal Gardens, performance lawns, Centennial Wheel or South Dock locations for a great photo-op, and don’t forget to use #NavyPier to get featured.

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Things to do this Easter Weekend at Navy Pier

April 16, 2019

Navy Pier is the perfect spot for the whole family to share a festive Easter Sunday. Whether it’s a brunch cruise aboard the Odyssey or the Spirit of Chicago on Lake Michigan, an encounter with free and engaging art for all to enjoy, or just a casual afternoon stroll with a beer, Navy Pier has […]

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Navy Pier is the perfect spot for the whole family to share a festive Easter Sunday. Whether it’s a brunch cruise aboard the Odyssey or the Spirit of Chicago on Lake Michigan, an encounter with free and engaging art for all to enjoy, or just a casual afternoon stroll with a beer, Navy Pier has activities to make anyone’s Easter Sunday ideal.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

No trip to Navy Pier is quite complete without a ride on the Centennial Wheel. Climb nearly 200 feet into the sky and enjoy stunning, one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan from enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas.

Activate LOOP

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Take a spin on LOOP, a FREE public art installation in Polk Bros Park. Similar to a zoetrope, one of modern film’s early predecessors, guests can get inside and row each of the twelve different pieces into motion. With every stroke, beautiful images whir about guests and turn still images into moving pictures right before their very eyes.

Discover Ivan Navarro’s “This Land is Your Land” Art Installation

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

An image that has been a part of the upper realms of Chicago’s landscape comes “down to earth” to Polk Bros Park. Three hauntingly beautiful water towers are transformed as sculptural objects with neon interiors. Viewers are invited to stand beneath them and gaze above for an enlightening experience.

Witness Chakaia Booker’s Four Sculptures

Chakaia Booker: Four Sculptures

It’s the last weekend to see Chakaia Booker’s Four Sculptures before they depart from Navy Pier. Get a closer look at Pass the Buck, Take Out, Shape Shifter, and Gridlock, four abstract sculptures composed from discarded rubber tires salvaged from city streets, auto body shops, and dump sites.

Play at Chicago Children’s Museum

Chicago Children's Museum

Bring the kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier this Easter Sunday for wholesome and educational activities the whole family can enjoy. Sunday is also the last chance for guests to race their miniature cars down the ramps at Zoom Room.

*Reminder: Hours of operation are from 10am – 5pm

Book a special Easter Cruise

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Celebrate Easter with the whole family aboard The Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago. Both ships will offer brunch cruises with special guest, the Easter bunny. Browse all Easter cruises

Brunch at Riva Crabhouse

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Join us at RIVA Crabhouse for our incredible Easter Brunch Buffet! With a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, Riva provides your family with a beautiful and scenic backdrop for your Easter photos with our Easter Bunny. Learn More

Experience an immersive art installation

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Join Kupjack Studio for an immersive art experience inside Festival Hall at Navy Pier. A 21 piece Miniature Room retrospective, the experience represents the works of Eugene Kupjack, Henry Kupjack, Jay Kupjack and Lee Meissinger. Learn more

Summer Programming at Navy Pier

April 2, 2019

Navy Pier Announces 2019 Summer Programming There’s more than you can imagine this summer at Navy Pier, and it’s all FREE! Catch weekly live music performances, cultural festivals, family-friendly activities and more!  *Please note: all events and programming are subject to change.  MUSIC & FESTIVALS   Live on the Lake! Weekends, 5/25-9/2 Wave Wall Wax Saturdays, 5/25-8/31 […]

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Navy Pier Announces 2019 Summer Programming

There’s more than you can imagine this summer at Navy Pier, and it’s all FREE! Catch weekly live music performances, cultural festivals, family-friendly activities and more! 

*Please note: all events and programming are subject to change. 


MUSIC & FESTIVALS

 

Live on the Lake!

Live on the Lake!
Weekends, 5/25-9/2

Wave Wall Wax

Wave Wall Wax
Saturdays, 5/25-8/31

Chi-Soul Music Fest

Chi-Soul Fest
6/21-6/22

Water Colors

Water Colors
Friday’s, 7/12-8/23


FAMILY, YOUTH & GROUP ACTIVITIES

 

Aon Summer Fireworks

Quinceañera
6/15, 7/15 & 8/15

Wave Wall Wax

Wiggle Worms
Fridays, 6/21-8/23


FITNESS

 

Aon Summer Fireworks

Rush Hour Workouts
Tuesdays, 6/4-8/13

Navy Pier Pride

Sunset Yoga
Tuesdays, 6/4-8/13


SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Earth Hour at Navy Pier

March 31, 2019

Navy Pier joins millions of people across the globe On Saturday March 30th at 8:30 p.m., Navy Pier will switch off non-essential lights at the Pier for one hour to celebrate Earth Hour. By taking part in this global “lights out” event, we acknowledge our commitment to #Connect2Earth this Earth Hour. About Earth Hour Earth […]

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Navy Pier joins millions of people across the globe

On Saturday March 30th at 8:30 p.m., Navy Pier will switch off non-essential lights at the Pier for one hour to celebrate Earth Hour. By taking part in this global “lights out” event, we acknowledge our commitment to #Connect2Earth this Earth Hour.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia back in 2007. It’s grown into a global movement for the environment with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in over 188 countries and territories.

It is a global call to action to every individual, business and government throughout the world. The purpose is to shine a light on climate change and biodiversity loss. Also, the goal is to make it relevant to people and trigger action It is a call to take responsibility for our environmental impact and join a growing international community who are committed to leading global environmental change.

We hope you will join us to raise awareness of climate change and nature loss. You can switch off your lights and ignite conversations about why nature matters. It’s time to #Connect2Earth.

Things to do in Chicago During Spring Break

March 12, 2019

TOP 10 Things to do at Navy Pier During Spring Break 2019 School is out and Navy Pier is in full spring-mode! Plan the perfect Spring Break in Chicago with our 2019 Spring Break Guide.  1. Ride the Centennial Wheel The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier offers stunning 360 views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. […]

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TOP 10 Things to do at Navy Pier During Spring Break 2019

School is out and Navy Pier is in full spring-mode! Plan the perfect Spring Break in Chicago with our 2019 Spring Break Guide. 

1. Ride the Centennial Wheel

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier offers stunning 360 views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. By day, or by night, the year-round, enclosed and temperature-controlled Centennial Wheel is sure to take you to new heights and offer you one of the best experiences in Chicago.

*Pro-tip: For the ultimate Centennial Wheel experience, try buying tickets to the VIP gondola. The VIP gondola is a luxury, 4-passenger cart with a glass bottom! Tickets are available on-site at the box office in Pier Park.

2. Experience LOOP

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

LOOP is a FREE public art installation in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. It is similar to a zoetrope, one of the early ancestors of modern-day film. Guests can get inside this life-size zoetrope and activate it by rowing. Beautiful sounds and story-telling images come to life!

*Pro-tip: For the full experience, we recommend coming at night. The art installation lights up in various colors, which means awesome selfies and family photos!

3. Color Throwing at Holi

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Participate in the Festival of Colors, a classic Indian tradition, without having to travel far! Holi is a FREE public program, part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd. On March 23, 2019, come to the Pier for a colorful celebration, including live entertainment in the Aon Grand Ballroom and color throwing at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

*Pro-tip: Bring clothes you’re okay with getting colored.

4. Dinner & Drinks

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the perfect place in Chicago to get dinner and drinks. With more than 20 dining establishments, there’s something for everyone. For a sit-down, up-scale ambiance, we recommend dining at Tiny Tavern. Tiny Tavern is the only crafted-cocktail destination at the Pier.  

*Pro-tip: When dining at Tiny Tavern, make sure you get their famous Fried Cheese Curds (as pictured)!

5. Attend the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

The 2019 Chicago Flower and Garden Show is a spring-must! The annual show at Navy Pier celebrates the beginning of spring, with more than a dozen magical gardens to experience, live gardening and cooking demos, potting parties, children’s activities and more!

*Pro-tip: Make sure you take advantage of potting parties! You get to learn my a master instructor and take your plant home! 

6. Catch a show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a leading international theater company and the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. This season, you’ll find must-see shows like Short Shakespeare!: Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, and Two Pints

*Pro-tip: Make sure you catch a show at The Yard, Chicago Shakespeare’s newest, state-of-the-art theater. 

7. Shop local inside the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is one of the best places in the city to support local businesses. Inside the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, you’ll find a variety of local shops, such as The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, 77 Chicago Flavors, Fashion Bazaar, and Nakamol Chicago. Many of these businesses are also female-owned!

*Pro-tip: You can get the most unique, Chicago-centric gifts at the Pier! We recommend visiting The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, which stocks items from local artists throughout the city.

8. Go on an exclusive Navy Pier Food Tour

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

You can go on an exclusive Navy Pier Food Tour with Chicago Food Planet. On this two-hour experience, your expert tour guide (aka Food Ambassador) will give you a look into Navy Pier’s surprising history and impact on Chicago, showcase the best food at Navy Pier and help you enjoy Chicago’s extraordinary skyline views. 

*Pro-tip: Come on an empty stomach! This signature food tour is sure to fill you up! 

9. Explore cool, selfie-worthy public art

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is Chicago’s go-to destination to experience FREE, world-class public art. Come during spring break to experience art installations like This Land is Your Land by Iván Navarro, a set of water towers in Polk Bros Bark that invites guests to stand beneath them and gaze above. You can also feast your eyes and take artsy pics at any one of Chakaia Booker’s Four Sculptures.

*Pro-tip: Experience Iván Navarro’s installation at night for the best neon lighting views. 

10. Hangout at Crystal Gardens

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

One of the best places in the city that lets you escape into a tropical paradise is Crystal Gardens. Crystal Gardens is a beautiful indoor, one‐acre, botanical garden. This space holds over 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. 

*Pro-tip: This is one of the best selfie-spots on the Pier! The natural light that comes in from this six‐story glass atrium makes for a beautiful photo-op.

Navy Pier Celebrates Women-Owned Businesses

March 6, 2019

FEARLESS FEMALE BUSINESS OWNERS AT NAVY PIER In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Navy Pier is highlighting some of the fierce, female business owners on the Pier, including Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery, Colleen Flaherty of Tiny Tavern, Nakamol Sussman of Nakamol Chicago, Sandy Shrestha of Fashion Bazaar, and Alix […]

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FEARLESS FEMALE BUSINESS OWNERS AT NAVY PIER

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Navy Pier is highlighting some of the fierce, female business owners on the Pier, including Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery, Colleen Flaherty of Tiny Tavern, Nakamol Sussman of Nakamol Chicago, Sandy Shrestha of Fashion Bazaar, and Alix Record of Sitara. Each of these businesses contributes to the success of the Pier and to Chicago’s unique cultural landscape. 

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Stephanie Hart

Stephanie Hart, a 2019 James Beard Award semi-finalist, is the founder and owner of Brown Sugar Bakery. Inspired by her grandmother’s at-home bakery recipes, Hart opened the first Brown Sugar Bakery in 2004 on 75th and Calumet Ave in Chicago. Her unique flavors soon became a hit. 

In 2016, Navy Pier welcomed Hart’s business. The kiosk serves staples like her award-winning caramel cake, a wide-selection of cupcakes, bread pudding and more! Brown Sugar Bakery at Navy Pier is open year-long, which means guests can enjoy the sweet life whenever they visit. 

Hart is the definition of a boss-woman! You can often find her and her husband, who also shares a love for desserts, behind the glass at Navy Pier. Both are committed to ensuring that every delicious treat includes the extra special ingredient: love. 

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty is the co-founder and owner of Tiny Tavern, an upscale, trendy restaurant at Navy Pier. It’s also the first and only crafted cocktail destination at Navy Pier. 

Opened since 2016 at the Pier, Tiny Tavern offers eclectic cuisine. It is an extension of the beloved Tiny Lounge, a sleek bar with a cult-like following, formerly located in the North Center neighborhood. Tiny Tavern is the perfect location for group gatherings, intimate events or large parties.  

Come during lunch, happy hour or at night. Some of the must-try menu items at Tiny Tavern are their famous Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Sweet Potato Empanadas and their signature house-made Subourbon. 

Nakamol, owner of Nakamol Chicago at Navy Pier

Nakamol Sussman

Nakamol Sussman is the founder and owner of Nakamol Chicago, a Chicago-based, handcrafted jewelry brand, offering fashionable accessories that compliment the femininity of all women at reasonable prices.

Inspired by women around the world, her mission is to celebrate femininity and promote an appreciation and pride that arises when wearing a well-made, handcrafted item from natural materials.

A Thailand-native, Sussman came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree. Her love of fashion and need for maintaining a steady income led her to sell jewelry throughout Chicago. In 2010, she changed her business’ name to “Nakamol Chicago” to show she is a true Chicago-native.

Sandy Shrestha

Sandy Shrestha is the owner of Fashion Bazaar, a boutique offering a selection of the finest Indian rayon, silk, cotton, and tie-dye clothing along with rich tapestries and other lifestyle artifacts originating from India. The boutique also provides a range of contemporary jewelry and fashion accessories from around the world that is hand-picked by Shrestha herself through her travels to India.

Shrestha has been on the Pier for 24 years. With humble beginnings as a cart vendor at Navy Pier, she now operates her own large-scale kiosk in the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

Shrestha is grateful for the many opportunities that have risen at her business at Navy Pier. She loves to educate people on her culture and appreciates the ability to share her knowledge with the diverse guests the Pier attracts.

Alix Record

Alix Record owns Sitara, a kiosk dedicated to the craft of henna tattooing and selling Indian accessories. Guests can choose from an array of scarves, bracelets and rings at affordable prices.  Plus, there are hundreds of henna designs to choose from. 

When asked how she started her business, Record explained that it was a personal hobby. She later made it into a business after practicing on friends.

Her passion is reflected in her work as she often wears her hennas with pride. If you’re at the Pier, you might even catch her practicing some designs on herself! 

#GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017

The People’s Pier inspires discovery and wonder. This #GivingTuesday, please consider a gift to support our free cultural programming.

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The People’s Pier inspires discovery and wonder. This #GivingTuesday, please consider a gift to support our free cultural programming.

Things To Do In Chicago This Week: August 30-September 3, 2017

August 30, 2017

Lobster Fest, a Free Jazz Concert, the Aon Summer Fireworks and More to do in Chicago this week! Let Navy Pier be your cultural hub. We’ve listed this week’s must-experience activities below that you won’t want to miss!   Get your Grub On You’re invited to Lobster Fest at Navy Pier, the Midwest’s largest Lobster and […]

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Lobster Fest, a Free Jazz Concert, the Aon Summer Fireworks and More to do in Chicago this week!

Let Navy Pier be your cultural hub. We’ve listed this week’s must-experience activities below that you won’t want to miss!  

Get your Grub On

You’re invited to Lobster Fest at Navy Pier, the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival, Labor Day Weekend from September 1- September 3, 2017. Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages. What’s not to love!?

 

 

Watch a Free Jazz Concert  

Join the Chicago Jazz Orchestra as they perform the enduring music of the big band era on August 31, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Lake Stage in the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, featuring guitarist Henry Johnson and keyboardist Dan Trudell, performs great big band music recorded by Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, and others. With the exciting sounds of the solo guitar, the Hammond B-3 organ and the 16-piece CJO, this performance promises to showcase the world-class jazz talent of the CJO while honoring the legacy of these jazz greats.

Bring the Kids to Enjoy Free Public Art

Roger Hiorns’ interactive sculpture in Polk Bros Park, “A retrospective view of the pathway,” erupts every Monday – Friday at noon every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m through October 1, 2017. 

Enjoy Weekday Happy Hour Specials at Navy Pier 

Before beer garden season comes to an end, be sure to head over to The Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier’s east end for one of  Chicago’s best happy hours. Specials include $3 Miller Lite drafts and $8 Golden Shrimp Baskets (Mondays); $3 Coors Light drafts and $6 Ginormous Brats (Tuesdays); $5.50 Blue Moon Belgium Whites and $4.50 Chicago Dogs (Wednesdays); $5 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy drafts and $6.50 Cheeseburgers (Thursdays); and $5 Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy drafts and $6.50 Supreme Nachos (Fridays). Plus, don’t forget about free live music performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! 

Enjoy the Last Aon Summer Fireworks Show

 The Aon Summer Fireworks—a Chicago fireworks tradition displaying over Lake Michigan twice per week at Navy Pier—comes to an end this weekend. If you have not had a chance to experience the fireworks show at Navy Pier, now’s the time to plan your visit to the Pier! If you’ve already seem them, come again for one last memorable show.  

Celebrate Family Fun Month

August is coming to an end, but you can still enjoy Family Fun Month at the People’s Pier. Check out our daily events schedule for a full list of happenings at Navy Pier, including events at Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. Don’t forget to visit Pier Park for a spin on the Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, and other attractions for the whole family. Then, complete your day at the Pier with dinner and incomparable views at one of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

 

 

 


GUEST SPOTLIGHT: 

 

Mike @_misterbig_ on Instagram 
Italy

“Navy Pier is like a big box full of surprises.”

Question: Can you pleasure share your experience at Navy Pier with us?

Mike: The Pier was amazing! We came to Chicago to visit my aunty for 2 weeks and we really love the city and Navy Pier! Our son was in love with the kids attractions and for sure we are coming back next year!

Question: Is there something that stuck out to you about Navy Pier?

Mike: The gorgeous view from the Centennial Wheel and the variety of food to taste.
Things To Do In Chicago This Week: August 16-20, 2017

August 16, 2017

Free Jazz, Live Country Music, and More to do in Chicago this week! With so many things going on at Navy Pier this week, we’ve narrowed down our must-experience FAVES:  See the Chicago Air & Water  Show from Navy Pier The Blue Angels make their triumphant return to the Windy City for the 2017 Chicago […]

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Free Jazz, Live Country Music, and More to do in Chicago this week!

With so many things going on at Navy Pier this week, we’ve narrowed down our must-experience FAVES

See the Chicago Air & Water  Show from Navy Pier

The Blue Angels make their triumphant return to the Windy City for the 2017 Chicago Air & Water Show, taking place on August 19 and 20 from 10am-3pm, with a practice day on Friday, August 18 from 10am-3pm. Come see all the action at Navy Pier, with great views from the east end and Air & Water Show cruises departing each day of the show. 

Listen to Free Jazz in the Park at Water Colors

 

Presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, this free Jazz series at Navy Pier features new voices in jazz in a beautiful outdoor setting. This week, join us on the City Stage in Polk Bros Park for a Piano performance by Julius Tucker! 

 

 

 

Enjoy Live Country Music at Country Skyline 

Join Robbie Fulks and Friends, at this free outdoor country concert in Polk Bros Park, featuring Gerald Dowd, Beau Sample, Brian Wilkie, John Rice, Yvonne Gage, Leslie Beukelman, Eric Schneider, and Liz Chidester. 

Bring the Kids to Enjoy Free Public Art

Roger Hiorns’ interactive sculpture in Polk Bros Park, “A retrospective view of the pathway,” erupts every Monday – Friday at noon every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m. 

Enjoy Weekday Happy Hour Specials at Navy Pier 

Before beer garden season comes to an end, be sure to head over to The Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier’s east end for one of  Chicago’s best happy hours. Specials include $3 Miller Lite drafts and $8 Golden Shrimp Baskets (Mondays); $3 Coors Light drafts and $6 Ginormous Brats (Tuesdays); $5.50 Blue Moon Belgium Whites and $4.50 Chicago Dogs (Wednesdays); $5 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy drafts and $6.50 Cheeseburgers (Thursdays); and $5 Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy drafts and $6.50 Supreme Nachos (Fridays). Plus, dont forget about free live music performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! 

Take a Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

The Aon Summer Fireworks—a Chicago fireworks tradition displaying over Lake Michigan twice per week at Navy Pier until Labor Day! 

Celebrate Family Fun Month

Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your loved ones at the People’s Pier. Check out our daily events schedule for a full list of happenings at Navy Pier, including events at Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. Don’t forget to visit  Pier Park for a spin on the Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, and other attractions for the whole family. Then, complete your day at the Pier with dinner and incomparable views at one of our favorite Chicago restaurants.


Navy Pier Guest Spotlight

 

Heather @livelovesaute on Instagram 
San Diego

“Navy Pier is quintessential Chicago to me, and I look forward to many more visits.”

Navy Pier was definitely at the top of our list while visiting. There really is something for everyone to enjoy! As a blogger, I am always looking for unique local experiences. I was happy to find the local eatery Goddess & the Baker located within Navy Pier. Their avocado toast is perfection! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  was also a delicious find. We couldn’t get enough of their peel & eat shrimp. Of course, Ben & Jerry’s was our dessert. I am lactose intolerant and was delighted that they offered several dairy free flavors to choose from. 

The Centennial Wheel & Riverboat Architecture Tour were simply wonderful. The shoreline views were stunning. We took the twilight boat tour and it was beautiful to see the light changing on the skyscrapers.

 

Things To Do In Chicago This Week: August 9-13, 2017

August 9, 2017

Free Jazz, Free Latin Music Entertainment, and More to do in Chicago this week! We know, we know…there are so many things to do, but don’t worry! We’ve made of list of all the FUN things to do at Navy Pier this week:  Listen to Free Jazz in the Park  Water Colors—a FREE Jazz series, beginning […]

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Free Jazz, Free Latin Music Entertainment, and More to do in Chicago this week!

We know, we know…there are so many things to do, but don’t worry! We’ve made of list of all the FUN things to do at Navy Pier this week: 

Listen to Free Jazz in the Park 

Water Colors—a FREE Jazz series, beginning July 26th at 5:30 pm, featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Dance to Latin Music

Noche Caribena— a FREE concert on August 13 from 6-9 pm, will feature music ensembles from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora, including performances by MAMBO7, Grammy Award-nominated Angel Melendez & The 911 MAMBO ORCHESTRA and Hector Silveira y Su Orchestra. 

Bring the kids to enjoy free public art

A Retrospective View of the Pathway—an interactive art installation that guests can experience everyday at 12 pm and 4 pm throughout the summer! 

Check out Chicago’s Best Happy Hour

The Miller Lite Beer Garden is hosting LIVE! On The Lake, a summer music and dance series. Enjoy great brews, views, tunes, and more! 

Take a Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

The Aon Summer Fireworks—a Chicago fireworks tradition displaying over Lake Michigan twice per week at Navy Pier until Labor Day! 

Celebrate Family Fun Month

Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your loved ones at the Pier. We recommend making your trip to Navy Pier a day-long event. With FREE programming, Pier Park attractions, including the Centennial Wheel, Chicago-centric dining options, and a city view like no other, a trip to Navy Pier will be a one of a kind experience.  


Navy Pier Guest Spotlight

Michael Logie
Trinidad and Tobago

 

“Navy Pier is an endless hub of magic.”

I believed for all my life that you only see heaven after you die, until I came to Navy Pier. I love Navy Pier. As a West Indian soul, I felt warmth in every 10 degree smile and welcoming arms in every ride. I’ve never felt this exhilarated. It’s like giving candy to a little kid. I will be back for more candy.

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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Specials at Navy Pier

June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017 If you haven’t visited Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones yet, it is truly a sight to see! With nearly 18,000 square feet and over 500 rare items, it’s an experience for music fans of all kinds. Along with the exhibit, be sure to check out all the special offers from Navy Pier’s partners. From […]

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June 9, 2017

If you haven’t visited Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones yet, it is truly a sight to see! With nearly 18,000 square feet and over 500 rare items, it’s an experience for music fans of all kinds. Along with the exhibit, be sure to check out all the special offers from Navy Pier’s partners. From entertainment to dining to retail, it’s the ticket that keeps on giving!

Entertainment

Spirit of Chicago Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Cruise

June 30, 2017 7:30PM-10:30PM

This specialty cruise is themed as (you guessed it) The Rolling Stones!  The nighttime cruse features live performances from onboard band Rockaholics playing some of the Stones’ biggest hits. As always, the cruise will offer small bites and drinks to power you through the night. So grab a friend, throw on your dancing shoes and rock the night away on Lake Michigan!

Tickets available HERE.

Food/Dining

Harry Caray’s – Rolling Stones Special Menu

Navy Pier location only – limited time

Inspired by Exhibitionism, Harry Caray’s has created a menu just for the occasion. It features the Stone’s favorite drink, Tequila Sunrise, along with some other song-inspired cocktails. The restaurant has also whipped up some Stones-themed food like the “Under My Bun” burger and the “Jumpin’ Mac Flash” grilled cheese.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville – Special Margarita

Until July 30th  

Now until the end of July, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville has created a Stones-inspired margarita. Be sure to stop by and grab one. But don’t forget to wash up after so you don’t get sticky fingers…get it?

Riva – VIP Special

With your purchase, Exhibitionism VIP ticket holders are invited to book preferred reservations in advance at RIVA. In addition, they have created Exhibitionism Special Menu that includes drinks, eats and dessert for your Stones-themed night. PLUS, if you use the hashtag #Rivaexhibitionism at the exhibit, you will be entered to win one of the guitars on display!

Tiny Tavern – Free Pizza

When you buy a bottle of wine, Tiny Tavern will offer Exhibitionism guests a complimentary cheese or margherita pizza!

Retail

Save $5.00 on Purchase of $25.00 or More

Various locations

Bring your ticket stub to The Navy Pier Signature Store, iCandy Sugar Shoppe and Ahoy! Chicago for $5 off your purchase of $25.00 or more!

20% off one item

Present your ticket stub at Life in the Windy City or Making History Chicago and receive 20% off one regular price merchandise item.

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