Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is full of hidden gems and surprises. From places to eat to shops to explore, we’ve rounded up five spots at Navy Pier you might not have checked out yet. Read below and make sure to stop by on your next visit to the Pier!
Faces in Focus is a premiere caricature and face painting destination, located conveniently in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. Founder and award-winning artist Lothar Speer and a team of talented illustrators and artists capture guests on paper through portraits, silhouettes, caricatures and face painting art. Faces in Focus is available for individual and group sittings, as well as surprise engagement drawings. They’ve even been featured on local and national TV, including the “Steve Harvey Show.”
Magnetic Attraction features a large variety of collectible magnets, key chains and other awesome items. Browse the biggest selection of magnets in the Midwest at Navy Pier! Whether it’s for a fridge accessory or a stocking stuffer for the holidays, you’ll be sure to find something great and unique at Magnetic Attraction.
At The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, guests will find items from local, creative artists for a true Chicago shopping experience. Their mission is to create a community where Chicago artists and neighborhoods can showcase their works, so it’s a great place to support local and give back to the city we all love and Navy Pier calls home.
If you are in need of a snack after all that shopping, stop by Completely Nuts for delicious roasted almonds, cashews, pecans and peanuts. Each batch is roasted to perfection in copper kettles using fresh ground cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. No oils or preservatives are used in the cooking process, ensuring the best products, gourmet flavor and maximum freshness. Yum!
After all of this exploring, relax in The Crystal Gardens, a beautiful indoor botanical garden at Navy Pier. The six-story glass atrium features a 50-foot arched ceiling and holds more than 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. No matter the weather outside, The Crystal Gardens is a hidden nature oasis in the middle of Navy Pier. The Crystal Gardens also offers great views of the lakefront, Chicago skyline and the iconic Centennial Wheel.