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Things To Do In Chicago This Week: August 16-20, 2017

Free Jazz, Live Country Music, and More to do in Chicago this week!

With so many things going on at Navy Pier this week, we’ve narrowed down our must-experience FAVES

See the Chicago Air & Water  Show from Navy Pier

The Blue Angels make their triumphant return to the Windy City for the 2017 Chicago Air & Water Show, taking place on August 19 and 20 from 10am-3pm, with a practice day on Friday, August 18 from 10am-3pm. Come see all the action at Navy Pier, with great views from the east end and Air & Water Show cruises departing each day of the show. 

Listen to Free Jazz in the Park at Water Colors


Presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, this free Jazz series at Navy Pier features new voices in jazz in a beautiful outdoor setting. This week, join us on the City Stage in Polk Bros Park for a Piano performance by Julius Tucker! 




Enjoy Live Country Music at Country Skyline 

Join Robbie Fulks and Friends, at this free outdoor country concert in Polk Bros Park, featuring Gerald Dowd, Beau Sample, Brian Wilkie, John Rice, Yvonne Gage, Leslie Beukelman, Eric Schneider, and Liz Chidester. 

Bring the Kids to Enjoy Free Public Art

Roger Hiorns’ interactive sculpture in Polk Bros Park, “A retrospective view of the pathway,” erupts every Monday – Friday at noon every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m. 

Enjoy Weekday Happy Hour Specials at Navy Pier 

Before beer garden season comes to an end, be sure to head over to The Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier’s east end for one of  Chicago’s best happy hours. Specials include $3 Miller Lite drafts and $8 Golden Shrimp Baskets (Mondays); $3 Coors Light drafts and $6 Ginormous Brats (Tuesdays); $5.50 Blue Moon Belgium Whites and $4.50 Chicago Dogs (Wednesdays); $5 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy drafts and $6.50 Cheeseburgers (Thursdays); and $5 Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy drafts and $6.50 Supreme Nachos (Fridays). Plus, dont forget about free live music performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! 

Take a Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

The Aon Summer Fireworks—a Chicago fireworks tradition displaying over Lake Michigan twice per week at Navy Pier until Labor Day! 

Celebrate Family Fun Month

Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your loved ones at the People’s Pier. Check out our daily events schedule for a full list of happenings at Navy Pier, including events at Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more. Don’t forget to visit  Pier Park for a spin on the Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, and other attractions for the whole family. Then, complete your day at the Pier with dinner and incomparable views at one of our favorite Chicago restaurants.

Navy Pier Guest Spotlight


Heather @livelovesaute on Instagram 
San Diego

“Navy Pier is quintessential Chicago to me, and I look forward to many more visits.”

Navy Pier was definitely at the top of our list while visiting. There really is something for everyone to enjoy! As a blogger, I am always looking for unique local experiences. I was happy to find the local eatery Goddess & the Baker located within Navy Pier. Their avocado toast is perfection! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  was also a delicious find. We couldn’t get enough of their peel & eat shrimp. Of course, Ben & Jerry’s was our dessert. I am lactose intolerant and was delighted that they offered several dairy free flavors to choose from. 

The Centennial Wheel & Riverboat Architecture Tour were simply wonderful. The shoreline views were stunning. We took the twilight boat tour and it was beautiful to see the light changing on the skyscrapers.


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