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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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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.  

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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! 

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