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Memorial Day Weekend 2017 at Navy Pier

May 25, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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