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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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