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Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Beach Chicago

Presented by Navy Pier and Expo Chicago
Supported by The Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, the Navy Pier Associate Board and Hilton Worldwide

Free and open to the public! Created by New York- based designers, Snarkitecture, The Beach Chicago is an immersive art installation, which consists of a large, open room filled with more than a million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic balls, along with deck chairs, lifeguard chairs, umbrellas and signage that mimic the sensation of a day at the beach.

Fittingly, The Beach Chicago also includes a pier hovering over the ‘sea’ of balls from which onlookers can watch and revel in the installation below.

Escape the bitter cold Chicago weather this winter with a day at The Beach Chicago, on display in Navy Pier’s historic Aon Grand Ballroom from January 19 through February 3, 2019.

Joining us for this event? Please read: Notice of Waiver & Release – The Beach Chicago. Note that guests are encouraged to bring extra socks, as wearing shoes in the ball pit is strongly discouraged.

Book an Event at The Beach Chicago

The Beach Chicago is now booking private and semi-private event space at The Beach Chicago for birthday parties, corporate outings and more. Download an information sheet here.

To inquire about private and semi-private events at The Beach Chicago, please call Group Sales at 312-595-5300, or inquire online.

Plan Your Visit

Public Hours*

Saturday, Jan. 19: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 20: 11am – 5pm
Monday, Jan. 21: 11am – 2pm
Wednesday, Jan. 23: 3pm – 8pm
Thursday, Jan. 24: 3pm – 8pm
Friday, Jan. 25: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 26: 11am – 8pm 
Sunday, Jan. 27: 11am –  5pm
Wednesday, Jan. 30: 3pm – 8pm**
Thursday, Jan. 31: 3pm – 8pm**
Friday, Feb. 1: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, Feb. 2: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Feb. 3: 11am – 5pm

*Please note: Due to high volume of interest in The Beach Chicago, Navy Pier may close the lines to the exhibit prior to the posted closing time. Admission is not guaranteedThe Beach Chicago will also be closed for private events on Tuesday, Jan. 22; Monday, Jan. 28;  and Tuesday, Jan. 29.

**In anticipation of extreme weather conditions in the Chicago area, The Beach Chicago will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31.

Where to stay

Stay at select Hilton hotels and show your keycard at Navy Pier’s Guest Services Desk at the Pier’s west entrance to receive complimentary fast pass access at the event.

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For the best experience, please be sure to familiarize yourself with important rules and policies before visiting The Beach Chicago.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the nearest parking for The Beach ChicagoIf driving, for the closest access, park in the East Parking Garage. If full, park in the West Parking Garage and walk towards the east end of Navy Pier to the Aon Grand Ballroom. If taking a taxi or rideshare, request drop off at Entrance 2.

Is Navy Pier’s Youth Escort Policy in place for The Beach Chicago? Yes. Navy Pier guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for the safety and conduct of minor guests in their party. Guests may be asked to present a valid driver’s license, state ID or military ID upon entering all Navy Pier’s facilities or grounds.

Is The Beach Chicago wheelchair accessible? Yes, The Beach Chicago is wheelchair accessible.

Is there stroller parking at The Beach ChicagoDue to the amount of activity space, there is no designated location for strollers. Strollers can be checked at coat check.

Is there someone to watch my child(ren)’s shoes or coat while they are participating in the activities? No, parents and/or chaperones are responsible for all personal belongings.

Pier-Wide Promotional Offers

Enhance your The Beach Chicago experience with special offers at participating Navy Pier restaurants, shops and attractions.

Must present proof of attendance in the form of collateral provided upon exiting The Beach Chicago in order to redeem offers at Navy Pier partner establishments listed below. Offers cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or sales. Offers are only valid at Navy Pier locations and throughout the duration of The Beach Chicago (1/19/19 – 2/3/19).

*Coupon expires February 3, 2019. Valid at Navy Pier location only. Valid on Build-A-Bear Workshop® furry friends, clothing and accessories. Not valid on Pokémon® furry friends. Not valid on prior purchases, a Build-A-Party® celebration, Count Your Candles offer or Bear Bucks® cards. Coupons may not be combined and may not be bought, sold or exchanged for cash or coupons. May not be combined with any other offer. GST, HST, TVQ or PST, as applicable, are payable by bearer. Must present original coupon at time of purchase. Altering, copying, publishing or disseminating coupon by any means whatsoever, including electronic, is prohibited and invalidates coupon or 7-digit code. Valid for original coupon recipient only. Limit one coupon per person, per visit. Non-transferable. Offer good while supplies last. Void where prohibited or restricted