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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cosplay on the Pier: Halloween Fest 2019

2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Calling all Cosplayers to join us at Navy Pier on Saturday, October 26 from 2pm – 10 pm for the inaugural Cosplay on the Pier: Halloween Fest 2019! All Cosplayers who RSVP before the event will receive perks listed below.

RSVP Perks:

  • One FREE Centennial Wheel ticket
  • Discounted Parking – $20 for the entire day (a savings of up to $30)
  • A chance to be entered into one of our 2 costume contests, hosted by Rob Fury and judged by The Age of the Geeks, with amazing prizes.
  • Have your photo taken by professional photographers Erik Jaworski and Anthony Camastro from 2pm-8pm.
  • Enjoy pop culture themed drink Specials at our Pier restaurants throughout the day including the Beam Me Up Scotty (Harry Caray’s Tavern), The Ice Dragon Margarita (Lalo’s), The Upside Down Cocktail (Tiny Tavern), and The Atlantean (Riva). 


There will be multiple categories and prizes for all costume contests winners, including:
Best in Show, Best Superhero Costume, Best Craftmanship, Best Star Wars Costume, Best TV/Movie, Best Anime, & Best Group Costume
Prizes include a $300 Visa Gift Card (for Best in Show), Chicago Helicopter Experience for two, Seadog Speedboat Tickets for two, and gift certificates and merchandise from our many great Navy Pier Partners and local restaurants.

  • Kids 12 & Under
    • Where: In front of Starbucks in the Family Pavilion
    • Sign up from 4pm-6pm at the Navy Pier Guest Services Desk at the front of the Family Pavilion
    • Judging: 6 pm
  • Amateur Ages 13+ (for non-professional cosplayers in store-bought costumes)
    • Where: In front of Starbucks in the Family Pavilion
    • Sign up from 5pm-7pm at the Navy Pier Guest Services Desk at the front of the Family Pavilion 
    • Judging: 7 pm 
  • Professional Ages 16+ (for all experiences and big build cosplayers)
    • Where: Harry Caray’s Tavern After-Party
    • Sign up 5pm-8pm at the Navy Pier Guest Services Desk at the front of the Family Pavilion
    • Maximum 75 contestants
    • Judging: 8:30 pm


Where: Harry Caray’s Tavern (Must be 21+ to enter)
Don’t miss this freaky fun party, starting at 8p, where you can enjoy cosplay inspired food and drink specials surrounded by incredible pop-culture memorabilia, including Bill Murray’s Ghostbuster’s 2 jumpsuit, an autographed Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet, a Star Trek display including original season 1 Starship Enterprise Controls, Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day coat, and Wilson the Volleyball from Castaway. 

More info


You must check-in to receive your FREE Centennial Wheel ticket and $20 Parking Validation Sticker.
Time/Location | 2pm-4pm: Crystal Gardens
Time/Location | 4pm-8pm: Navy Pier Guest Services Desk at the entrance to the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion


Navy Pier is a gun and weapons free zone. Any props brought onto the Pier as part of your cosplay must be visibly and clearly noticeable as props, including prop guns, swords, etc. No actual weapons of any kind will be allowed on the Pier at any time and should they be brought onto the Pier the owner of them will be asked to leave. 

Getting Here & Parking

Planning to attend this event? Getting to Navy Pier has never been easier. Learn more about our convenient transportation and parking options.