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EXPO Chicago is Almost Here!

September 17, 2019

EXPO CHICAGO and Navy Pier welcome guests to experience the best in contemporary art this Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22. EXPO CHICAGO has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination, opening the fall art season every September at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its eighth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents […]

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EXPO CHICAGO and Navy Pier welcome guests to experience the best in contemporary art this Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22. EXPO CHICAGO has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination, opening the fall art season every September at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its eighth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from over 3,000 artists from 135 leading galleries representing 25 countries and 68 international cities.

The exposition offers a dynamic roster of programming including panel discussions, uniquely curated site-specific projects, cutting-edge film and new media work, curator-led tours and special exhibitions by renowned institutions. The 2019 edition also aligns with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, so it makes for a very exciting year.

As the event is quickly approaching, don’t miss purchasing tickets at www.expochicago.com/ticketing. Before the event kicks off, we’ve also rounded up a few helpful tips and information to make this year the best EXPO CHICAGO experience for all art lovers and attendees!

  1. Tickets: Purchase tickets based on your visit length, with single day admission, single day admission + guided tour, single day discount admission and three day admission tickets available
  2. Groups of ten or more will receive discounted admission. Call 773-327-3778 for more information.
  3. Students and seniors also will receive discounts!
  4. Vernissage, a benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, presented by the MCA Women’s Board kicks off the event on Thursday, September 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.
  5. Public hours open on Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22 and vary per day. Please visit www.expochicago.com for a full list of hours.
  6. Elevate your experience with private guided tours, art and architecture passes or participation in the EXPO ART WEEK Benefactor Experience
  7. On-site parking is available at Navy Pier’s garages and rideshare and taxi services can drop off guests conveniently at Entrance 2
  8. Dine at one of Navy Pier’s restaurants and enjoy other on-site rides and attractions for a full day of experiences!

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Piertastic Tuesdays Continue Through Fall

September 16, 2019

This summer, Navy Pier launched the first-ever Piertastic Tuesday discount program, which is a Pier-wide program open to all guests. Guests enjoyed deals and discounts from the Pier and its on-site partners in attractions, dining, entertainment and retail each Tuesday throughout the summer. We have more great news for you: Piertastic Tuesday is continuing this […]

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This summer, Navy Pier launched the first-ever Piertastic Tuesday discount program, which is a Pier-wide program open to all guests. Guests enjoyed deals and discounts from the Pier and its on-site partners in attractions, dining, entertainment and retail each Tuesday throughout the summer.

We have more great news for you: Piertastic Tuesday is continuing this fall so guests can continue to discover great deals each week at the Pier.

Check out a few of the offers available below and please visit here to view the full list of detailed offers for Piertastic Tuesday. Visit Navy Pier on Tuesday soon to enjoy this fantastic day!

Enjoy a Cruise

• Odyssey, Mystic Blue and Spirit of Chicago: ½ bottles of wine

• Seadog Ventures: 10 a.m. lakefront speedboat ride with 50% off tickets for children (available on a first come, first serve basis)

• Shoreline Sightseeing: $22 of two tour specials (both Architecture Tour and Classic Lake Tour)

• Tall Ship Windy: 2 for 1 children’s tickets

 

Experience Virtual Reality

• Virtual Rush Chicago: Three VR ride tickets for $20

 

 

 

 

Twist and Turn in the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze

• Buy 1 Get 1 Value passes available

 

 

 

 


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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Navy Pier

September 12, 2019

At Navy Pier, there is more than meets the eye! From historical facts to on-site perks, here are the top 5 things you might not know about Chicago’s lakefront treasure. Impress your friends, family and more with this hidden gem knowledge! History Did you know that Navy Pier dates all the way back to 1916? […]

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At Navy Pier, there is more than meets the eye! From historical facts to on-site perks, here are the top 5 things you might not know about Chicago’s lakefront treasure. Impress your friends, family and more with this hidden gem knowledge!

History

Did you know that Navy Pier dates all the way back to 1916? Historic Navy Pier began as part of Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction. Since its reopening in 1995, the Pier has welcomed over 186 million guests, including a record-breaking 9.3 million guests in 2016. The Pier continues to evolve with exciting developments and new venues, and if you want to learn more, check out WTTW’s documentary “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.”

 

 

Non-Profit Status

In 2011, Navy Pier became a not-for-profit corporation to maintain the Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the U.S. and one of the top-visited leisure and cultural destinations in the world. As the People’s Pier, Navy Pier welcomes all and offers dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder. To support Navy Pier, visit here.

 

 

Year-Round Destination and Programming

The Pier is a great summer spot for Chicagoans and other guests alike, but Navy Pier also is a wonderful year-round spot to enjoy city views, amazing attractions, cultural programming and more. The Centennial Wheel, with climate-controlled and enclosed gondolas, is open year-round, as well as all of the retail and dining in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. Don’t forget about the free year-round programming for dynamic events to attend!

 

 

Free WiFi

Presented by Impact, Navy Pier offers free WiFi, a complimentary service throughout Navy Pier and Polk Bros Park so guests can stay connected and enjoy the Internet throughout their visit.

 

 

 

 

Drinks To-Go

At various restaurants around the Pier, guests can take their drink to-go and stroll along the Pier with a tasty beverage they’ve purchased. From happy hour to weekends, enjoy this perk throughout the Pier, both indoors and outdoors.

 

 

 


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Kid-Friendly Spots at Navy Pier

September 9, 2019

School is back in session, so now more than ever kids should be having fun on the weekends and during other free time. Check out our list of recommended places for children to visit at Navy Pier and plan your next trip to the “People’s Pier” soon to keep your family happy, entertained and active […]

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School is back in session, so now more than ever kids should be having fun on the weekends and during other free time. Check out our list of recommended places for children to visit at Navy Pier and plan your next trip to the “People’s Pier” soon to keep your family happy, entertained and active all year long!

Chicago Children’s Museum

No kid-friendly visit to Navy Pier is complete without a visit to Chicago Children’s Museum. Where play and learning connect, the museum provides valuable, high quality play and learning experiences for children in the Chicagoland area and beyond. With 3 floors of play – all included in the cost of admission – temporary exhibits and permanent favorites are available. Current exhibits include the Sound Playground, Art Studio and Kids Town.

 

 

Polk Bros Park

Polk Bros Fountain and Plaza at the entry point of Navy Pier will greet children with a dramatic, 12,500 square foot signature fountain (during warm weather) with more than 150 programmable jets that mimic the natural movements of waves, schools of fish and flocks of birds. While at the park, don’t miss the vibrant “Meet Me at the ‘P’” art installation, which kids will love to pose with!

 

 

Centennial Wheel

Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of Chicago cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Kids will have a blast taking in the spectacular views of the skyline and water, and with the climate-controlled, enclosed year-round gondolas, will be able to visit this kid-friendly spot at the Pier all year long. One more perk: children under the age of 3 ride free!

 

Restaurants & Dining

For sit down kid-friendly options at Navy Pier, try the tasty cheeseburgers at Billy Goat Tavern or a classic slice of deep dish pizza from Giordano’s. Tiny Tavern has a great section for kids aptly named “Tiny Mates,” featuring hot dogs, chicken tenders and ice cream sundaes for children under 10. Counter service restaurants such as Potbelly, Ozzie Pops & Pretzels and Ben & Jerry’s offer quick-stop treats and bites for children, too. Visit Navy Pier’s dining page for a full list of options to see what your kid will love best!

 

AMC Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

One of the best kids activities at the Pier is to kick back, relax and watch a movie. AMC Navy Pier IMAX offers an unforgettable experience that is truly immersive. Don’t forget to check out their website before your stop to the Pier to see what movies are currently playing.

 

 

 

Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze

Another spot kids will love at the Pier is Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, Chicago’s only self-paced, full sensory maze experience, where guests will navigate their way through 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. The Maze has entertained more than 2 million guests from around the world, so we are sure your kid will love it!

 

 

 

Looking Ahead: Fall Seasonal Programming

Navy Pier is gearing up for the cooler weather months and prepping for exciting kid-friendly activities and attractions! Kids will love checking out Pier Pumpkin Nights, Chicago’s newest, free pumpkin pop-up experience at the Pier from October 1 – November 2. Trick or treating will be available for families in October, and please visit Navy Pier’s events calendar for an on-going list of events and programs.

 

 

 

 


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Fishermen’s Guide to Navy Pier

September 4, 2019

One of the hidden gems of Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is that guests can fish – for free! – on Lake Michigan. Grab your fishing line, hook and worms and head to the Pier for a fun fishing outing with unforgettable city and lakefront views. Tips & Tricks Fish along the North Dock […]

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One of the hidden gems of Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is that guests can fish – for free! – on Lake Michigan. Grab your fishing line, hook and worms and head to the Pier for a fun fishing outing with unforgettable city and lakefront views.

Tips & Tricks

Fish along the North Dock of Navy Pier and arrive early to enjoy amazing sunrise views as you fish for Chicago’s perch, salmon, bass and trout. As Lake Michigan does not begin to freeze until January, this is a great activity through the fall. Relax with friends, family and other fishers at Navy Pier and expand your community. Navy Pier is also one of the top spots for catching perch, so don’t miss it!

 

 

Fisherman’s Parking Rate

Between 5 – 10 a.m. every day, guests who present their valid fishing license and Navy Pier parking ticket will receive validated parking for $6 for great savings.

 

 

 

 

What to Do After Fishing

Make a day of it at the Pier and explore the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining destinations and ride the year-round, climate-controlled Centennial Wheel.

 

 

 

Other Resources

Please visit Chicago Park District’s website for a full list of fishing areas in the city.


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Things for Teens

August 30, 2019

Navy Pier is one of the best spots for Chicagoland families, but did you know it’s also great for teenagers? Grab your gang and head to the Pier for a fun after-school destination or weekend plan. Selfie-Worthy Spots Snab an Instagram-worthy photo or selfie at the Pier’s many photogenic spots, including the Centennial Wheel, Odyssey […]

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Navy Pier is one of the best spots for Chicagoland families, but did you know it’s also great for teenagers? Grab your gang and head to the Pier for a fun after-school destination or weekend plan.

Selfie-Worthy Spots

Snab an Instagram-worthy photo or selfie at the Pier’s many photogenic spots, including the Centennial Wheel, Odyssey Cruise, Crystal Gardens and the top of the West Garage. Check out our list of the “Top 10 Instagrammable Selfie Spots on the Pier” for more inspiration.

 

 

 

Teen-Friendly Food

Teenagers love delicious and indulgent food like pizza, tacos and ice cream (who doesn’t?!) and Navy Pier offers a variety of spots to grab a delicious bite to eat. Grab a tasty cheeseburger at Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza at Giordano’s, traditional Chicago style hot dogs from America’s Dog & Burger, and cap it off with a sweet ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s.

 

 

Visit Pier Park

Unwind and have fun after a day at school at Pier Park! Pier Park attractions include the amazing Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more. Tickets may be purchased at the Pier Park box office or online in advance. The Centennial Wheel is also climate-controlled and year-round so it’s great any time of year! To get more bang for your buck, purchase a Play the Park Pass at the Pier Park Box Office to explore every corner and fill your visit with multiple attractions, which includes:

 

See More of Chicago

Use Navy Pier as your launch pad for exploring all of the city! Whether it’s by land, water or air, departing tours from the Pier are available for guests, including Chicago Big Bus Tours, Vertiport Helicopter Tours and a variety of Architecture River Tours. Teens may also rent bicycles for self-guided exploration on the lakefront, which is a great way to upgrade your usual neighborhood bike ride.

 

Shopping!

Navy Pier and the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion have taken the art of shopping in Chicago to the next level. Teens can purchase souvenirs and apparel at spots such as Chicago Sport & Novelty, Navy Pier Store, the Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop and more.

 

 

 


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Celebrate Labor Day – Navy Pier Style!

August 30, 2019

Labor Day weekend is almost here and Navy Pier is the place to be. Ring in the end of the summer with amazing Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline views, rides and attractions, annual events, fireworks and more! Aon Summer Fireworks The final signature fireworks for the summer will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at […]

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Labor Day weekend is almost here and Navy Pier is the place to be. Ring in the end of the summer with amazing Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline views, rides and attractions, annual events, fireworks and more!

Aon Summer Fireworks

The final signature fireworks for the summer will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 31 at 10:15 p.m. Don’t miss coming to the Pier and enjoying spectacular fireworks, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. Whether you’re viewing them from the dock or aboard an evening cruise, fireworks are the perfect way to kick off your Labor Day weekend this year!

 

 

 

Live on the Lake!

The Pier’s popular, free live music series at the Miller Lite Beer Garden concludes for the season this Labor Day weekend. Sunday’s full day of performances features AfroZep, DJ Papa G and Kofi and the New Roots. On Labor Day, the series wraps up with the return of the Bitter Jester Music Festival. Enjoy this free, all-ages concert series, delicious food and drinks and lake views one last time this summer!

 

 

Iván Navarro: This Land is Your Land

Running through Tuesday, September 3, view and interact with this stunning three-piece installation resembling water towers in Polk Bros Park as part of Navy Pier’s free arts and cultural programming.

 

 

 

The Great American Lobster Fest

Join us for summer’s last hurrah, where you can 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? The Great American Lobster Fest® will take place on the Pier’s East End from Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1, at the Aon Grand Ballroom.

 

 

Daily Cruises

Explore the sights of Chicago with a cruise on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River departing from Navy Pier. Navy Pier’s cruise partners include Mystic Blue, Odyssey Lake Michigan, Seadog, Shoreline Sightseeing, Spirit of Chicago, Tall Ship Windy and Elite Private Charters. Be sure to check out their individual sites for holiday offers.

 

 


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6 Delightful Frozen Drinks & Beverages

August 27, 2019

Labor Day might be approaching but there’s never a bad time to indulge in a tasty frozen beverage at Navy Pier. From margaritas to other frozen drinks, the following are sure to quench your thirst. Far right photo courtesy of Instagram – @drinkoffshore Endless Summer at Offshore: Cruzan Coconut Rum, Beefeater Gin, lime and strawberry Don’t […]

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Labor Day might be approaching but there’s never a bad time to indulge in a tasty frozen beverage at Navy Pier. From margaritas to other frozen drinks, the following are sure to quench your thirst.

Far right photo courtesy of Instagram@drinkoffshore

  1. Endless Summer at Offshore: Cruzan Coconut Rum, Beefeater Gin, lime and strawberry
  2. Don’t Stop the Carnival at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Margaritaville Silver Rum blended with strawberry, banana and mango puree served frozen
  3. Frozen Slushie at Tiny Tavern: For those looking for a non-alcoholic option at this craft cocktail destination, try this!
  4. Frozen Sensations at the Miller Lite Beer Garden: Choose from a Bacardi Pina Colada, Bacardi Strawberry Daquiri, Bacardi Miami Vice, Frozen Absolut Vodka Lemonade or Hornitos Mango Margarita
  5. Frappuccino at Starbucks: This famous frozen beverage is great for coffee lovers at the Pier
  6. Margaritas at Chango Loco: Sip on a variety of frozen margarita flavors such as mango and peach at this seasonal Mexican cantina

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Top 8 Can’t-Miss Summer Activities at Navy Pier

August 27, 2019

Summer in Chicago is only a few months long and Navy Pier, the city’s iconic lakefront destination, is the perfect spot to visit this season! Before the summer winds down, here are some recommendations for your summer bucket list at the Pier. Ride the Centennial Wheel for stunning summer views Run through the Polk Bros […]

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Summer in Chicago is only a few months long and Navy Pier, the city’s iconic lakefront destination, is the perfect spot to visit this season! Before the summer winds down, here are some recommendations for your summer bucket list at the Pier.

  1. Ride the Centennial Wheel for stunning summer views
  2. Run through the Polk Bros Park fountain
  3. Catch the final Aon Summer Fireworks showing
  4. Grab a bite to eat or delicious cocktail at the brand-new Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop venue confirmed by Guinness World Records
  5. Ride a daily boat cruise and enjoy the beautiful weather
  6. Dine alfresco at various restaurant patios and take a cocktail to-go for on the Pier imbibing
  7. Visit Navy Pier’s seasonal kiosks like Chango Loco and Dippin’ Dots before they close for the season
  8. Treat yourself to a summer souvenir at one of the Pier’s great retail destinations

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Family Activities for the Summer & Family Fun Month

August 26, 2019

Each year, Family Fun Month is celebrated throughout August! As the month wraps up, here’s a list of all the fun and family-friendly activities throughout the Pier that can be celebrated for Family Fun Month and beyond.   Attend a dynamic free, public program like the Aon Summer Fireworks Hop aboard a daily cruise for […]

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Each year, Family Fun Month is celebrated throughout August! As the month wraps up, here’s a list of all the fun and family-friendly activities throughout the Pier that can be celebrated for Family Fun Month and beyond.

 

 

There’s no wonder why Navy Pier is one of the top-visited destinations in the Midwest. Whether you are a local family or visiting from out of town, the Pier is sure to be a perfect spot to celebrate, no matter the season.


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5 Reasons to Visit Navy Pier Before Heading Back to School

August 26, 2019

As families and children prepare for school to start again, don’t forget to fit in an exciting day of summer fun. Navy Pier has amazing attractions, programs and more, all on the gorgeous Chicago lakefront, to help your family celebrate the end of summer before homework season, back to school shopping and sports practice begin! […]

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As families and children prepare for school to start again, don’t forget to fit in an exciting day of summer fun. Navy Pier has amazing attractions, programs and more, all on the gorgeous Chicago lakefront, to help your family celebrate the end of summer before homework season, back to school shopping and sports practice begin!

1. Centennial Wheel and Pier Park

Ride the iconic Centennial Wheel with your family for an unforgettable experience as you soar to heights of nearly 200 feet while taking in stunning vistas and enjoying a comfortable, climate-controlled experience. Afterwards, don’t forget to check out all of Pier Park’s rides and attractions.

 

 

2. Amazing Chicago Funhouse

Kids will love exploring Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, Chicago’s only self-paced, full sensory maze experience stretching 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Please visit their page for more information on hours of operation & admission.

 

 

 

3. Chicago Children’s Museum

Where play and learning connect, Chicago Children’s Museum will get your family ready for back to school as various exhibits and programs will make them excited to learn and explore while having fun! Please note, the museum will be closed to the public from September 3-6, 2019, so don’t miss visiting before school starts!

 

 

4. Dining & Shopping

Nothing says summer quite like a delicious ice cream cone and fun shopping, so bring your family to the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and explore all of the amazing Chicago-centric dining and retail options.

 

 

 

5. Fireworks Finale

Navy Pier is the ultimate destination for spectacular fireworks in Chicago. The final Aon Summer Fireworks will be held on August 28 and August 31 for the perfect ending to your summer before school begins!

 

 

 


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International and Cultural Dining at Navy Pier

August 12, 2019

Navy Pier offers the rich culinary tradition of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and beyond under one roof. The Pier’s restaurants will delight your senses with international and cultural flavors from Mediterranean to Mexican. Explore diverse dining opportunities at some of the spots below: I Dream of Falafel: Fresh Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare Big Bowl Chinese […]

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Navy Pier offers the rich culinary tradition of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and beyond under one roof. The Pier’s restaurants will delight your senses with international and cultural flavors from Mediterranean to Mexican. Explore diverse dining opportunities at some of the spots below:

  • I Dream of Falafel: Fresh Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare
  • Big Bowl Chinese Express: Authentic Thai and Chinese food
  • Frio Gelato: Argentine gelato and sorbets prepared in a gluten-free and nut-free kitchen
  • Lalo’s: Traditional dishes from the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community
  • Chango Loco: Mexican street food and specialty drinks
  • La Cocina de Alicia: Authentic tamales, elotes and more
  • Xurro: Churros, funnel cakes, crepes and corn on the cob
  • Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels: Chef Ozzie Ocegueda creates delicious paletas, or Mexican popsicle with fun flavors like banana chocolate, blueberry basil and more

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Dog Days of Summer

August 9, 2019

Here at Navy Pier, there is no better way to enjoy the dog days of summer than with your favorite furry friend. Check out these dog-friendly spots across the Pier and grab your pup for a fun summer day at Chicago’s favorite lakefront destination.   Stroll on the South Dock Promenade Upgrade your daily walk […]

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Here at Navy Pier, there is no better way to enjoy the dog days of summer than with your favorite furry friend. Check out these dog-friendly spots across the Pier and grab your pup for a fun summer day at Chicago’s favorite lakefront destination.

 

Stroll on the South Dock Promenade

Upgrade your daily walk at Navy Pier’s South Dock, the acclaimed pedestrian boardwalk. At 2,000 feet long, the dock runs west to east and connect guests (and their dogs) to restaurants, attractions and more. You and your dog are sure to enjoy the scenic Lake Michigan views and people watching! Dogs are also welcome throughout the Pier’s public park spaces, including Polk Bros Park and Pier Park. To note, only service animals are welcome on the Centennial Wheel. Instagram – photo credit: @tinkerbellethedog

 

 

 

Dog-Friendly Dining & Patios

A variety of dining spots at the Pier offer dog-friendly patios, such as Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern, Miller Lite Beer Garden and Riva Crabhouse at the alfresco Riva Café. Don’t let a day with your dog get in the way of enjoying a delicious meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet-Friendly Cruising

Take in the views of Chicago and Lake Michigan and experience a fun-filled boat cruise with your dog. Pet-friendly cruises include the exciting Seadog Cruises, where dogs are welcome and can cruise for free. The only requirements are that the pooches are leashed and friendly! To note, certain restrictions apply. Leashed dogs are also welcome on all Shoreline Sightseeing tours.

 


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Navy Pier for First Timers

August 6, 2019

Each year, nearly nine million guests visit Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, and learn all that this destination has to offer (Hint: There’s more than the Centennial Wheel to check out!). Below is a quick guide to Navy Pier so first-time guests can understand the lay of the land and make the most of […]

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Each year, nearly nine million guests visit Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, and learn all that this destination has to offer (Hint: There’s more than the Centennial Wheel to check out!). Below is a quick guide to Navy Pier so first-time guests can understand the lay of the land and make the most of their visit! 


Restaurants

Navy Pier brings the rich culinary tradition of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods under one roof. From a quick bite to an upscale night on the town, there is no wrong way to experience the flavors at Navy Pier. The Pier continues to usher in exciting new food & beverage destinations, including Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop venue. 

 

 

 

Rides & Games

Navy Pier is home to one of Chicago’s most iconic attractions, the magnificent Centennial Wheel, offering soaring views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Be sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience, as well as a wide variety of other rides, games and amusement for all ages. 

Centennial Wheel & Pier Park:Pier Park attractions include the Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger, Carousel, Climbing Walls, Light Tower and remote control boats.

Amazing Chicago: Located in the middle of Navy Pier near the WBEZ studios, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze is the city’s only self-paced, full sensory maze experience. The maze offers 4,000 square-feet of tunnels, mazes and fun, and has entertained more than 2 million guests! 

 

Virtual Rush: Chicago: Virtual Rush: Chicago is a groundbreaking 4D VR adventure that offers riders a thrilling virtual voyage over and through a futuristic Chicago city-scape, immersing them in the action

 

Cruises

Explore the sights of Chicago with a cruise on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River departing from Navy Pier! From laid-back sightseeing cruises and elegant dining cruises to heart-pumping thrill rides to upscale private charters, Navy Pier cruises offer a memorable experience for all.

 

 

 

Below is a list of all Navy Pier’s cruise partners. Visit their sites to learn more about daily cruises, special events, booking private cruises and more.

Mystic Blue Spirit of Chicago
Odyssey Lake Michigan  Tall Ship Windy 
Seadog  Elite Private Charters 
Shoreline Sightseeing   

 

Tours of Chicago


Explore Chicago by land, water or air with various city tours departing from Navy Pier, including Chicago Big Bus, Vertiport Helicopter Tours, Architecture River Tours, Bike & Roll Chicago and more. Take your pick of how you want to see Chicago from Navy Pier! 

 

 

 

Cultural Attractions

Navy Pier is home to many of the most beloved Chicago attractions, including the AMC Navy Pier IMAX Theatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children’s Museum and more. Visit Navy Pier and enjoy hidden gem cultural destinations including the serene Crystal Gardens and festive Polk Bros Park, too! 

 

 

 

Public Art & Exhibitions


As it enters its second century, Navy Pier has become a community-focused cultural district. Our eclectic array of public art and exhibitions reflects both our physical space and our philosophical mission as a steward of iconic, contemporary art installations that attract, excite and inspire guests. Navy Pier offers art that is free and accessible to all. 

 

 

 

Shopping


The Pier’s diverse directory of on-site shops, stores and kiosks feature Chicago-centric creations of local artisans and companies that offer the highest quality products at excellent value. From apparel to accessories to collectibles and convenience items, the Pier and its retail partners offer amazing shopping opportunities for your first visit and beyond. 

 

 

Fireworks


Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Whether you’re viewing them from the dock or aboard a cruise, you are in for an amazing show! 

 

 

 

Events & Programs

From cultural programming and seasonal celebrations to special events and festivals, discover fun and free Chicago events at Navy Pier all-year long, including daily cruises, art exhibitions, theater performances and more. 

 

 

 

 

Other Visitor Tips & Tricks

Hours & Admission: General operating hours and admission vary depending on the season and may be subject to change. There is no admission fee to enter Navy Pier, although attractions within may have prices. Please note Navy Pier’s Youth Escort Policy, which is in effect after 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. 

Parking and Transportation: Getting to Navy Pier is convenient, whether you drive as a family or hop on public transportation! Transportation options include driving and parking, traveling on the CTA, riding a bike or renting a Divvy, utilizing Navy Pier’s free trolley service or taking the Shoreline Water Taxi.

Guest Services, Accessibility and Safety: Navy Pier’s Guest Services team are on-site to assist all guests with general inquiries about Navy Pier and other attractions. The Guest Services desk is located at the front of the Pier between Giordano’s and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The staff can be identified in an aqua blue shirt and blue jeans, so you won’t miss them! 

Guest safety is of the utmost important to Navy Pier to provide an enjoyable visitor experience by providing a safe and orderly environment. Please visit here to learn more about guest safety, policies and procedures. 

 


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Smart Ways To Save at Navy Pier

July 31, 2019

Navy Pier is a world-class destination that showcases the vitality of Chicago and offers unique and affordable experiences for all while offering unparalleled views of the city and Lake Michigan. Here are some simple ways you can enjoy the Pier at a great deal!    Get Here for Free! Navy Pier offers a free seasonal […]

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Navy Pier is a world-class destination that showcases the vitality of Chicago and offers unique and affordable experiences for all while offering unparalleled views of the city and Lake Michigan. Here are some simple ways you can enjoy the Pier at a great deal! 

 

Get Here for Free!

Navy Pier offers a free seasonal trolley service, with various stops throughout the city, for a convenient and affordable way to get here for all. 

 

 

 

 

Stroll the Pier

It costs nothing to walk along the 3,300 foot-long Pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. Enjoy the fresh air, while taking in the sights and sounds of the city and the lakefront. Nature is a true gift!

 

 

 

Explore Crystal Gardens

Step inside Navy Pier’s free, indoor botanical garden with exotic plant life and dancing “leapfrog” fountains, surrounded by a glass atrium. Located just steps away from the Pier’s main entrance and the Centennial Wheel, this serene tropical getaway is a must-visit spot.

 

 

 

Enjoy a Popsicle

Stop by Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels, where you can enjoy handmade popsicles in artisanal flavors such as Milk Chocolate, Mint Oreo and Vanilla Bean for only $3, a tasty gourmet snack for any smart saver.

 

 

 

Play at the Park

Children love to run through the fountain at Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier’s public 12,500-square-foot signature fountain featuring more than 150 programmable jets that mimic the natural movements of waves, schools of fish or flocks of birds. It’s a fun and affordable way to stay cool this summer at Navy Pier.

 

 

 

Fireworks Finale

Twice a week, guests can marvel at the spectacular, free Aon Summer Fireworks on Wednesdays at 9:30 pm and Saturdays at 10:15 pm! The displays are perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan for a fun-filled finale to your day.

 

 

 

 

Happy Hour at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

At Chicago’s go-to destination for free, live, outdoor music performances, enjoy weekly happy hour specials at the Miller Lite Beer Garden! Monday – Friday from 4 – 6 p.m., guests can enjoy discounts and specials on Miller High Life, Peroni and more, as well as tasty bites such as nachos and pizza. 

 

 

 

Piertastic Tuesday

If you happen to be looking for weekday plans, don’t miss Piertastic Tuesday. Discover great deals every Tuesday through Labor Day with special Pier-wide offers at Pier Park, dining and retail establishments and more. And did we forget to mention the great parking offer? Enjoy $20 parking passes for up to 12 hours, with parking validated at the Navy Pier Guest Experience desk.

 

 

 

Free Art Installations & Cultural Programs

Navy Pier offers free events and public programming year-round. From free outdoor movies to jazz concerts to interactive art installations, there will always be a new thing to discover during your visit to the Pier. Please visit here for a full list of upcoming free events and public programs.

At Navy Pier, a top destination for millions of national and international travelers, wonder, discovery and fun are always around the corner at any budget!

 

 


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Must Have Desserts at Navy Pier

July 24, 2019

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront treasure, is the perfect destination to try a variety of unique and sweet treats such as cookie dough, mixed fruit popsicles, milkshakes and more. There are also a variety of ice cream offerings, perfect for Chicago’s summer weather! Enjoy a day at the Pier and an amazing line-up of sweet […]

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront treasure, is the perfect destination to try a variety of unique and sweet treats such as cookie dough, mixed fruit popsicles, milkshakes and more. There are also a variety of ice cream offerings, perfect for Chicago’s summer weather! Enjoy a day at the Pier and an amazing line-up of sweet confections.

 

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

At DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections, the world’s first edible cookie dough confectionary, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups and ice cream sandwiches are on the menu! Located next to Pier Park and the Centennial Wheel, DŌ’s cookie dough is a delicious summer snack.

 

 

 

 

FRÍO Gelato 

 FRÍO Gelato provides guests with an authentic Argentinian gelato experience. Handmade with real fruit and natural ingredients, their artisanal gelato and sorbet selection includes Tramontana, a vanilla gelato streaked with milk caramel and chocolate chips, Mora, blackberry gelato, and other delicious flavors.

 

 

 

Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone recipe dates all the way back to 1926 and family tradition is at the heart of this shop. Try the signature rainbow cone complete with orange sherbet, chocolate, strawberry, palmer house and pistachio ice cream. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels

Quench your sweet tooth and cool off with a Mango Strawberry Popsicle on your next trip to the Pier! At Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels, in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, guests will enjoy seasonal gourmet popsicles and fresh baked pretzels each day.

 

 

 

Snow Dragon Shavery

Embrace your inner dragon at this dessert destination! The menu at Snow Dragon Shavery includes shaved snow, macaron ice cream, fresh coconut water, macarons, donut ice cream and more for a unique and exciting dining experience.

 

 

 

Tiny Tavern

 

Tiny Tavern, Navy Pier’s craft cocktail bar, has a hidden gem on the menu: the Pretzel Sundae. Deep fried pretzel-y goodness paired with caramel, chocolate and vanilla ice cream and an optional whipped cream topping, it’s a treat you don’t want to miss out on!

 

 

Xurro

For guests with the ultimate sweet tooth, the Churro Milkshake at Xurro can satisfy your sugar cravings. This cinnamon confection riffs on the classic s’mores treat with a vanilla milkshake topped with a churro, a mini churro pop and a torched s’mores pop.

 

 

 

Piertastic Tuesday

Every Tuesday through Labor Day, guests can take advantage of great deals and discounts on sweet dishes all throughout the Pier during Piertastic Tuesday! Visit here to see how much you can save on sweets as well as retail, entertainment, other dining establishments and more.

 

 

 

To help you enjoy your summer with a sweet treat, the Pier’s dessert delights have got you covered! Enjoy your go-to treats and try some new favorites all day, every day at Navy Pier.


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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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