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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.

The Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier Is Open for Summer 2017

June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017 Summer is rolling in and the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier is the place to be. One of Chicago’s most popular destinations is open for all ages with FREE admission. Soak up the sun, kick back and listen to live music while sipping on an ice-cold cocktail and devouring a […]

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June 2, 2017

Summer is rolling in and the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier is the place to be. One of Chicago’s most popular destinations is open for all ages with FREE admission. Soak up the sun, kick back and listen to live music while sipping on an ice-cold cocktail and devouring a beer-soaked brat. Enjoy a brew with the best view of Chicago.

Live on the Lake! is a can’t miss event with free music and dancing on the Pier. The summer series has released their 2017 lineup and it’s better than ever. Support Chicago-based groups when tourists and locals come together for a fantastic summer lineup including some of Chicago’s hottest bands: Rockaholics, Guy King, Tinsley Ellis, Wedding Banned, and The Magic Lightnin’ Boys. Check out the complete summer lineup!

Join us to groove to blues music every Wednesday evening and dance with the band every Thursday at the Miller Lite Beer Garden. To make it even better, on Wednesday and Saturday nights get a spectacular view of the Aon Summer Fireworks along with a live concert. It’s a must-see for all tourists to fully experience the heart of Chicago.

Plan a full day with hundreds of events that Navy Pier has to offer. Pack your schedule with a cruise on Lake Michigan, ride the Centennial Wheel, play at the Chicago Children’s Museum, shop your heart out, and catch a show at the historic Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When you need a break from all these activities, you can count on Miller Lite Beer Garden for a seat and a refreshing beverage.

From date nights and happy hours with friends to family gatherings, the Miller Lite Beer Garden can cater to your needs. With a lively atmosphere and delicious bar fare, everyone will have a great time. Your day of fun at Navy Pier doesn’t have to stop at the Centennial Wheel–turn it into a night full of music and dancing at the beer garden.

The Miller Lite Beer Garden is also available for private events. Book your next corporate party, special event or casual get-together here. Our outdoor location can hold up to 400 guests. Contact us at beergarden@StefaniGroup.com or (312) 595-5436 for more information.

Still need convinced? Nothing beats the spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from the Miller Lite Beer Garden. It’s a can’t-beat outdoor dining and drinking experience. Cheers!

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at Navy Pier

May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 Memorial Day Weekend is a few days away, which means the unofficial beginning of Summer is finally here. This weekend gives us the chance to honor those who have protected and served our country. We thank those who have served in the military and have died in service. After you’re done at […]

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May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend is a few days away, which means the unofficial beginning of Summer is finally here. This weekend gives us the chance to honor those who have protected and served our country. We thank those who have served in the military and have died in service. After you’re done at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday morning come spend your weekend at Navy Pier.


Kick off the start of summer with Memorial Day festivities at Navy Pier. Plan your weekend trip now. From live music, local eats, and free yoga to sunset cruises and firework displays; Navy Pier is where the action is. So get outdoors and celebrate the beautiful Chicago weather with family and friends at the pier.

Start the boating season on a high note with a Memorial Day Weekend cruise. Marvel at the Chicago skyline while sailing the waters of Lake Michigan or Chicago River on one of Navy Pier’s exclusive cruises.

The Spirit of Chicago Memorial Day Weekend cruises includes brunch, lunch, or dinner buffets on the 2-3 hour rides. Dance to their DJ and get an exclusive view of the fireworks. Odyssey Memorial Day Weekend cruises offer various times throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing. Enjoy food, drinks, dancing, and take in the stunning views during the cruise. Mystic Blue Fireworks cruise on Saturday night includes a buffet dinner, DJ, drinks, and interactive games. Experience Navy Pier’s legendary fireworks display while dancing the night away on the lake. View the complete list of Navy Pier cruises to find one for you.

Chill out at Navy Pier’s Miller Lite Beer Garden with free concerts all Memorial Day Weekend. The beer garden is located outdoors on the east end of the pier and free for all ages. Nothing can beat the atmosphere of live music and sipping on a cocktail with a view of the Chicago skyline.

Live on the Lake! debuts their first performances of 2017 with a fantastic lineup for the weekend. Start the weekend with Chicago-based bands 97Nine and Waxworks on Friday starting at 9pm. On Saturday rock out to Almond & Olive, Creedence Revived, and Hot Rocks starting at 2pm. Sunday starting at 2pm John Kimler performs followed by Michelle Thomas and SoulMeme. Enjoy your last day off with final performances on Monday starting at 2pm with Rebecca Rego and Hillbilly Rockstarz. Add kicking back and having a brew to your weekend to-do list.

The fun doesn’t stop there, Navy Pier has countless other attractions for your Memorial Day Weekend. There’s no shortage of entertainment at the pier so bring the whole family. Catch Shakespeare in Love performances through June 18th at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Oscar-winning romantic comedy will have you on your feet in the historic theater. Stop by the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism that is on display through July 30th. The interactive exhibition is 18,000 square feet and includes over 500 rare items from the band’s private archive. Chicago Children’s Museum will also be premiering their newest attraction, Fort, on Friday. Fort is a fort-building experience that kids (and the adults that act like children) will love. If fitness is more your style, VibeUP Yoga is offering a free Memorial Day Weekend Freedom Flow yoga workout. Join us on the Lakeview Terrace Sunday morning 10-11am to find your freedom and a peace of mind. And let’s not  forget about the multiple rides and attractions along Navy Pier and the delicious cuisine.

The final stop of your Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier is the breathtaking Aon Summer Fireworks display on Saturday night. The first fireworks show of 2017 begins the long-awaited Chicago summer. If you’re not watching the fireworks on a sunset cruise, there are plenty of viewing areas along the pier. Listen to the band play at the Miller Lite Beer Garden and enjoy the luminous show with a backdrop of the skyline.

Can you think of a better way to begin the summer than a 3-day weekend at Navy Pier? Neither can we.

Coffee Fest Chicago is Brewing at Navy Pier

May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 Coffee lovers unite!! This is the event you definitely won’t want to miss. Head to Navy Pier June 9-11 2017 for Coffee Fest Chicago 2017! At this event, passionate fans will learn skills, network and experience all things coffee. With an endless schedule of events, speakers, new products, and classes there is […]

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May 18, 2017

Coffee lovers unite!! This is the event you definitely won’t want to miss. Head to Navy Pier June 9-11 2017 for Coffee Fest Chicago 2017! At this event, passionate fans will learn skills, network and experience all things coffee. With an endless schedule of events, speakers, new products, and classes there is sure to be a brew for you!

Hot New Products

One of the top reasons to visit is to see, taste, and experience all the new products in the world of coffee and tea. The new products range from new espresso machines, coffee flavors, water, cups and so much more. Once you’ve poured over all of them, be sure to cast your ballot for “Best of Fest” 2017. For a list of the new products, click HERE,

Press the Competition

Baristas have come along way from just serving coffee. In today’s world, your drink can be a piece of art as much as your daily pick-me-up. With individual and team events, Coffee Fest offers a variety of competitions such as: the Latte Art World Championship Open, America’s Best Espresso, and America’s Best Cold Brew.

There’s a Latte to Learn

If you’re looking to do more than just taste, the fest is full of classes, sessions, and seminars of all kinds. Topics include: Cold Brew U, Coffee Business Start Up Session, Drink Innovations Lab, and so much more!

If you live and breathe for your cup of Joe, clear your calendar for June 9th-11th. This can’t miss festival will keep you up to date on all the latest trends and flavors to keep you ahead of the curve.

Guests and exhibitors looking for more information about transportation, hotel accommodations, and more should visit the official website HERE

The Great American Lobster Fest Returns September 2017

May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 While September seems far away now, it’ll be here before you know it. And that’s not a bad thing, because September means The Great American Lobster Fest 2017! Join us right here at Navy Pier for all the lobster you can handle. This year, the festival even added a third day so […]

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May 11, 2017

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While September seems far away now, it’ll be here before you know it. And that’s not a bad thing, because September means The Great American Lobster Fest 2017! Join us right here at Navy Pier for all the lobster you can handle. This year, the festival even added a third day so you can keep the party going! This festival features more than just lobster and it’s the perfect family event for your Labor Day weekend.

What is it?

Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival. It features live lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast, a lineup of unique bands, and entertainment for the whole family! It runs from September 1-3, 2017.

What am I eating there?

Well…we won’t tell you what to eat, but might we suggest the LOBSTER! But in case you’re not a fan, don’t worry because there are plenty of land options as well. There is sure to be something for every appetite on our extensive MENU.

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Do I need tickets?

While it is open to the public, tickets are highly recommended (and they sell out fast). Non-ticket holders are free to roam the outside area and buy food, but for access to the AON Ballroom for the musical acts, guests will need tickets. For those looking to buy tickets, there are four different options from the classic general admission “Lobster Meal” all the way to VIP and “The Lobster Hero Feast” so be sure to check your options and get your tickets HERE before they’re all gone.

What else is there to do?

Oh there’s plenty! Along with all the food and drinks we have carnival games, arts and crafts, specialty shops, and bands playing all day/night. There is so much to do, eat, and see we had to add a third day! Plus, Navy Pier’s final fireworks show of the season takes place on Saturday September 2nd during the fest.

If after reading all of this you’re craving some fresh lobster, cold beer, and some live music, you should probably mark your calendar. Lobster Fest 2017 will be the ultimate end to Chicago festival season, so buy your tickets, grab your bib and head to Navy Pier September 1-3, 2017!

 

Summer at Navy Pier: Aon Summer Fireworks 2017

May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017 Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Navy Pier has released the official Summer Fireworks Schedule for 2017! The time is finally here to grab your coziest blanket, find a spot and relax to the sounds and colors of summer.  You can catch this amazing synchronized fireworks display Wednesdays at 9:30PM and Saturdays […]

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May 4, 2017

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Navy Pier has released the official Summer Fireworks Schedule for 2017! The time is finally here to grab your coziest blanket, find a spot and relax to the sounds and colors of summer.  You can catch this amazing synchronized fireworks display Wednesdays at 9:30PM and Saturdays at 10:15PM starting May 28th until September 2nd.  Looking for the perfect spot for your situation? Look no further!

For families: Grab a blanket and head to Pier Park.

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Date Night: Take this show to the water with a cruise. It doesn’t get much closer than that! Buy tickets HERE!

First Date Night: Hop on the Centennial Wheel right before the show starts. Buy tickets in advance to impress your date.

For 21+ Adults: Grab a spot in the Miller Lite Beer Garden with a little something to sip on.

Friends Night Out: Ohio Street Beach/Oak Street Beach provides a great sandy location to view the show. 

A fun, free activity: Don’t worry; there are plenty of spots around the pier and the city with excellent views!  They’re so magnificent it’s hard to miss!

We look forward to seeing everyone out for the fireworks this summer. Remember to have fun, be safe, and plan ahead. Have a great summer, everyone!

The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Comes to Navy Pier

April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 Calling all wine enthusiasts! The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour celebrates the art of wine in the gorgeous Aon Grand Ballroom for a tasting experience like no other. The wines featured are from all across the globe, including those from Italy, France, Chile, Australia, Argentina and much more. This event gives you one […]

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April 28, 2017

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Calling all wine enthusiasts! The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour celebrates the art of wine in the gorgeous Aon Grand Ballroom for a tasting experience like no other. The wines featured are from all across the globe, including those from Italy, France, Chile, Australia, Argentina and much more. This event gives you one day, one place, one chance to find new wines you can get to know and love!

Join Navy Pier and Wine Spectator magazine in pouring it up at this year’s Grand Tour Chicago stop on Tuesday, May 9, in the Aon Ballroom at Navy Pier.

Chat with the masterminds behind your favorite beverage while enjoying a selection of over 240 different wines rated 90+ by the editors of Wine Spectator. This event is a one stop shop for all fine wine lovers as it highlights over 200 of the best wineries from across the world.

Grand Tour attendees are encouraged to pair different wines with the delectable dinner buffet hosted on site that is included in the price of the ticket. All Tour guests will also receive a beautiful complimentary Riedel™ glass to take home.

For tickets and more information about the Wine Spectator Grand Tour, visit grandtour.winespectator.com.

Mother’s Day at Navy Pier

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 Mother’s Day is near and you want to make sure your mom has a whole day dedicated to her at Navy Pier. After all, she really keeps it all together and makes sure everything runs smoothly. All year mom works hard to make sure our lives are easier, so for her day, […]

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April 21, 2017

Mother’s Day is near and you want to make sure your mom has a whole day dedicated to her at Navy Pier. After all, she really keeps it all together and makes sure everything runs smoothly. All year mom works hard to make sure our lives are easier, so for her day, you need to make sure she has fun. Luckily, Navy Pier has got you covered! Below is a list of all the activities you can do with mom at Navy Pier.

VIBEUP YOGA: Metta Mother’s Day

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Let mom relax with some free yoga on the pier! Participants will explore a guided meditation and some restorative postures. If your mom is a yogi, she will definitely appreciate this! It’s the most relaxing way to start Mother’s Day.

For more information click HERE

BRUNCH AND A RIDE

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Want to keep it simple? How about grabbing brunch at one of Navy Pier’s amazing new restaurants. If you haven’t experienced the new food area, it would be a fun area to explore with the whole family. Once you’ve all eaten, take a ride on the new Centennial Wheel.

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

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Sessions begin every 30 minutes

Mom rocks…and so do the Rolling Stones! If mom is a big music fan, she NEEDS to experience the incredible journey this band went through. With over 500 items and 190 pieces of artwork, the exhibit ends with an amazing 3D concert finale. This is one way to give mom a gift she has never had before.

For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE

Entertainment Cruises: Mother’s Day Specials

Check schedules for times

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Mother’s Day is all about the brunch. If you’re looking for the most unique way to start the day, consider taking it to the water. Starting at Navy Pier, The Mystic Blue, Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago all have amazing cruise experiences. From excellent cuisine, live music and outstanding service, these cruises will take care of it all! Plus, they are perfect for the whole family! Click each link for more information.

With all these activities and more, Navy Pier is the one stop shop for all your Mother’s day needs. Have fun and Happy Mother’s Day to all!

 

THAWALLS at Navy Pier

April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 Navy Pier is no stranger to great art. From the Driehaus Stained Glass Museum to the various exhibits that cycle in and out, the Pier is consistently a destination for artists and art lovers alike. This spring, the artistic scope of Navy Pier expanded as we welcomed the exciting event of “THAWALLS,” […]

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April 14, 2017

Navy Pier is no stranger to great art. From the Driehaus Stained Glass Museum to the various exhibits that cycle in and out, the Pier is consistently a destination for artists and art lovers alike. This spring, the artistic scope of Navy Pier expanded as we welcomed the exciting event of “THAWALLS,” a multidisciplinary art exhibition/party and fundraiser on Thursday, March 9th.

Crossroads of Chicago Collaborative Arts

THAWALLS is an immersive artistic experience as artists from different media come together for a single exhibition. With visual artists curated by Threewalls, performing artists curated by Links Hall, and musicians curated by Constellation, THAWALLS is a collaborative arts event like none other in Chicago. Meet the crossroads of Chicago’s blossoming independent art scenes at THAWALLS. Chicago artistic institutions Threewalls, Links Hall, and Constellation collaborated in this creatively experimental extravaganza.

Public Salons

Since then, THAWALLS art exhibits have been on display for all of our guests to enjoy. There are also 6 more public salons throughout the spring season of 2017 as part of the exhibition. The purpose of these in-session salons is to foster critical conversations around visual and performing arts in Chicago. Some of the community’s leading artistic visionaries will be leading and attending these salons, making it likely that the conversations at these events will shape and inform the future of Chicago’s arts community.

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