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Making Art. Making History. Catch two days of free outdoor performances from more than 40 of Chicago’s brightest cultural icons–all performing in the same location for the first time ever in one “can’t miss” event!

Chicago LIVE Again! runs with back-to-back performances the likes of which haven’t been seen in the city in more than a year—and never before in the one place—5-8 p.m.  Friday, September 24, and noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25.

Since the pandemic hit, most of our city’s stages have been dark. The performing arts world was hit first by the pandemic shut-down and is now last to re-emerge. But now it’s time to welcome live performance back to Chicago, and we’re giving you a generous first taste of the 2021 Fall Arts Season at Navy Pier. With two main stages and pop-up surprises along the Pier, something amazing will always be happening.

Join us in celebrating the return of live performance and the brilliant artists—onstage and backstage—finally doing what they do best. Be sure you’re there to welcome them back. See you at the Pier!

Bring your lawn chairs and pack a cooler to make a day of it or enjoy the variety of fast food and sit-down dining options, most with roots in Chicago’s neighborhoods. We've even got a free trolley service to transport you if you're parking nearby.

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Pier Partner Promotions

Media & Sponsors


View the Chicago LIVE Again! Schedule

Please note: schedule is subject to change. Times are approximate

Event Map

Chicago Live Again Map

Last Night Was Epic — Don't Miss Day Two


Enjoy a talent pool deeper than Lake Michigan and taller than the Centennial Wheel


It’s not just that we have Broadway shows, classical music, dance, comedy, opera, drama, rock, jazz, folk, and every genre and discipline that you can imagine—it’s that it’s Chicago’s most revered institutions and vital artists performing it!

* Event performances are subject to change.

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Steppenwolf, Hubbard Street Offer Master Classes

Two of Chicago’s most legendary companies, Steppenwolf Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, will lead master classes with students from the Chicago High School for the Arts as part of Chicago LIVE Again!

In these master classes, professionals share their expertise and insights, informing and critiquing the work of the students in real time before a live audience.

The Steppenwolf master class is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, and the Hubbard Street class will be at 11 noon on the East End Stage. 

We're lighting up the stages and the sky: fireworks!

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we’re capping off the weekend with our biggest, world-class fireworks display around 9:45 p.m. Saturday. It’s sure to be an explosive way to end a weekend to remember.


Visit the Navy Pier Tent (in front of McDonald’s) to sign up for a free drawing. Winners will be chosen every hour. Winners will be notified by email. Prizes must be claimed at the Navy Pier Tent by the end of the evening.



Including overnight stay for two


As You Like It tickets


Passes for four


Two Remain tickets


2 tickets to Fall Series: Illuminate


16-Week course for adults or children


$100 gift certificate



Dinner for two

"My Photo" at Centennial Wheel 


Lunch for two



Ride the Wheel and everything else

Two tickets to Fall Series: RE/CONNECT

Guests must provide email address to be notified. No purchase necessary. See our Navy Pier contest rules.

Free Trolley Service

Parking off-site? We're making it easy for you to get the rest of the way! Our free trolley service will pick you up and deliver you to the event. See the pick-up points below. The trolley runs every 30 minutes 5:00pm–8:00pm Friday, and 12 noon–9:30pm Saturday.

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 To receive a wristband, guests are required to:

  • Show proof of full vaccination, or
  • Provide negative result of covid test administered within the past 48 hours, or
  • Submit to FREE rapid covid test onsite with negative result.

Guests too young to receive vaccination (ages 3-11) must:

  • Provide negative result of covid test administered within the past 48 hours, or
  • Submit to FREE rapid covid test onsite, with negative result.

Curative Onsite Rapid Testing

Rapid testing is available by Curative in the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion in Polk Bros Park from 12-6pm on Friday, 9/24 and 9am-6pm on Saturday, 9/25.

  • Results take 15-30 minutes to process.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke or brush your teeth 30 minutes before a mouth swab.
  • Please note rapid testing is offered on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended guests get tested prior to arrival, within 48 hours.
  • Youth under 12 are eligible for rapid testing but MUST be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Quick Scan Before You Leave The House

NavyPier qrWalk-in Vaccination Clinic

Walgreens will be onsite with a walk-in vaccination clinic on Saturday between 12 noon and 5pm.

They will be offering flu shots and COVID-19 vaccinations (first or second dose).

You can find them midway down the pier, in the first floor lobby of Festival Hall/Terrace A. 

Please note: People receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations on the day will not be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of entry to the event.

Pier Partner Promotions

Great deals and special events from our Pier Partners.

A mom and her son play with water in the Children's Museum

Save $2 on your regular ticket during Chicago LIVE Again!

Chicago Children's Museum

The stage and performances are not just for adults. Children can join in the dramatic fun, too. During the Chicago Live Again weekend, Chicago Children's Museum will feature Art Studio and Tinkering Lab activities that will bring the performer out of every child. And save $2 on every regular admission ticket throughout the Chicago Live Again weekend, September 24-25.

Make a great weekend even better

Catch the action from the air on the iconic Centennial Wheel or the new Drop Tower ride, see the sights on a boat cruise, or enjoy the dining and retail options available. Or make sure you’re there for all the fun with an overnight stay at the Sable Hotel.

It's so Special, there's a special


Relive the magic of Chicago LIVE Again! when Chicago media celebrities Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini host a 30-minute television special highlighting the weekend’s events on ABC7! Stay tuned for air date.




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Chicago LIVE Again! is made possible through the generous support of


Chicago Live Again Sponsors

About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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