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Looking for fun things to do in Chicago? There’s always something going on at Navy Pier! From cultural programming and seasonal celebrations to special events, festivals, fireworks and more, discover fun and free Chicago events at Navy Pier all year long.

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, proudly offers free events and public programming year-round. See a full listing of Navy Pier’s ongoing free events and public programs

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Oct 20
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One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Oct 27
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One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Nov 10
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One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Nov 24
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Dec 5
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE

Dec 22
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on September 29, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 20, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on October 27, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 10, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 5, 2019 at 12:00am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 12:00am

Upcoming Events

Daily Cruises
Year Round

Enjoy lake and river cruises departing from Navy Pier’s South Dock and Polk Bros. Park. For cruise details visit website.

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Please visit the following pages for daily cruises, special events, and fireworks cruises:

Seadog Cruises Shoreline Sightseeing Odyssey Spirit of Chicago Mystic Blue Tall Ship Windy

Pier Pumpkin Lights

Free Public Program

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Saturday, November 2, 2019

Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals at the first-ever Pier Pumpkin Lights, a month-long seasonal celebration.

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Experience Chicago’s newest, free pumpkin pop-up experience at Navy Pier, October 1 – November 2, 2019. 

Please note: This pop-up installation will be on exhibit daily during normal Pier operating hours, but will be best experienced after dusk.

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Explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations throughout the Pier and enjoy fabulous fall deals at the first-ever Pier Pumpkin Lights, a month-long seasonal celebration. From jack o’lantern towers to light displays, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination will be decked out for fall.

More to Do

While you’re experiencing Pier Pumpkin Lights, be sure to also explore Fall-inspired Food & Drink specials at participating on-site establishments.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

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September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

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September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

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September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

Haunted Maze at Navy Pier
Friday, October 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The maze is being haunted by some of Chicago’s famous ghosts!

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Looking for a scary good time within the confines of Chicago? Navigate through the haunted twists and turns of the Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier as you encounter some of Chicago’s most notorious ghosts. Travel through notable centuries of Chicago history-such as the Union Stockyards, and Capone era as you seek refuge from these famous haunts.

Price per person: $15

Sorry, No Refunds.

Guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter without a paying adult chaperone. The haunted maze is not recommended for guests under the age of 10. This is designed to be a much scarier visit through the maze, as additional effects and costumed characters will be inside.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

Read More

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

Sequence Chicago: Chicago Culture Market

Free Public Program

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a free performance series celebrating local artists, musicians and cultural organizations and showcasing their works.

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Join us for Sequence Chicago, featuring special performances from local artists and a culture market featuring local artisans. This week’s Culture Market vendors include: (more info to come).

Performance Schedule

Mike Maimone

Mike Maimone
3:00pm-4:00pm | Food Experience

Maimone has averaged over 100 tour dates each year since 2007, primarily with his band Mutts and as a solo artist, as well as on keyboards for Company of Thieves and Los Colognes. He has played at Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Riot Fest, and at notable venues across the country. Visit Website

Priscila Carvalho

Priscila Carvalho
4:00pm-5:00pm | Food Experience

Singer of Brazilian rhythms: Bossa Nova, Jazz, Samba, Axé, Forró. She is also the lead singer of tRio Brazil. Aside from singing, she is a passionate musician & dancer. Visit Website

LeftJones

LeftJones
5:00pm-6:00pm | Food Experience

LeftJones is a group of musicians focused on building a community within the Chicago art scene by using sound. Visit Website

About Sequence Chicago

Presented by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Sequence Ch!cago is a free performance series celebrating local artists, musicians and cultural organizations and showcasing their works. Navy Pier will display Chicago’s diverse arts scene over the course of 9 dates this fall and winter. All performances are free and open to the public.

Learn more and view the full lineup of upcoming Sequence Ch!cago performances at navypier.org/sequence-chicago.

Haunted Maze at Navy Pier
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The maze is being haunted by some of Chicago’s famous ghosts!

Read More

Looking for a scary good time within the confines of Chicago? Navigate through the haunted twists and turns of the Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier as you encounter some of Chicago’s most notorious ghosts. Travel through notable centuries of Chicago history-such as the Union Stockyards, and Capone era as you seek refuge from these famous haunts.

Price per person: $15

Sorry, No Refunds.

Guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter without a paying adult chaperone. The haunted maze is not recommended for guests under the age of 10. This is designed to be a much scarier visit through the maze, as additional effects and costumed characters will be inside.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

Read More

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

MILLER LITE PRESENTS CHICAGO BEARS: PARK, TAILGATE AND RIDE
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Celebrate Bears football with Miller Lite at the best tailgate party in Chicago. Come to Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier where you can park, party and ride to all Chicago Bears home games in style.

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Celebrate Bears football with Miller Lite at the best tailgate party in Chicago. Come to Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier where you can park, party and ride to all Chicago Bears home games in style.

Tailgate

Get the party started early! For noon Bears home games, a selection of brunch items, including Pulled Pork Hash and Chilaquiles, will be available from 9am – 12pm along with a bloody mary bar and Miller Lite specials. For night home games, Harry’s will offer a selection of tailgate favorites, including Harry’s Tailgate Appetizer Platter and $16 Miller Lite buckets. The Road Crew from 101.9 The MIX will be at every Harry’s tailgate, passing out free Miller Lite Bears items and spinning Chicago’s favorite Top 40 hits.

Park & Ride

Avoid the parking hassle at Soldier Field—park at Navy Pier for the reduced rate of $25 ($40 value) with validation and cruise to the game for FREE via a scenic Shoreline Water Taxi ($15 value per person).

After tailgating at Harry’s, guests can enjoy a picturesque 15 minute cruise to Museum Campus aboard a Shoreline Water Taxi. Boarding from the South Dock next to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier, the first 175 guests will receive free roundtrip transportation. Shoreline Water Taxi rides are available through October 31st. Stay tuned for our alternative transportation plans for the winter months!

Win

For every Bears home game, Miller Lite will give away a limited number of VIP tailgate packages that include two Miller Lite Loft Chicago Bears tickets, pre-game tailgate meal for two at Harry Caray’s, free roundtrip transportation from Harry’s to the game and free parking for one car at Navy Pier. Fans can win the Miller Lite VIP package via giveaways on 101.9fm The MIX, or enter to win online at harrycarays.com. No purchase necessary.

See official rules for more information.

2019 Chicago Bears Home Game Schedule

Preseason

THU 8/8 PANTHERS | 7:00PM

THU 8/29 TITANS | 7:00PM

Regular Season

THU 9/5 PACKERS | 7:20PM

SUN 9/29 VIKINGS | 3:25PM

SUN 10/20 SAINTS | 3:25PM

SUN 10/27 CHARGERS | NOON

SUN 11/10 LIONS | NOON

SUN 11/24 GIANTS | NOON

THU 12/5 COWBOYS | 7:20PM

SUN 12/22 CHIEFS | 7:20PM

Chicago Shakespeare presents: The King’s Speech
Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by David Seidler directed by Michael Wilson   Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject…

Read More

September 12–October 20, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by David Seidler

directed by Michael Wilson

 

Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king’s. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it. Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director Michael Wilson stages this exciting North American Premiere. Following its Chicago run, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

 

Haunted Maze at Navy Pier
Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The maze is being haunted by some of Chicago’s famous ghosts!

Read More

Looking for a scary good time within the confines of Chicago? Navigate through the haunted twists and turns of the Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier as you encounter some of Chicago’s most notorious ghosts. Travel through notable centuries of Chicago history-such as the Union Stockyards, and Capone era as you seek refuge from these famous haunts.

Price per person: $15

Sorry, No Refunds.

Guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter without a paying adult chaperone. The haunted maze is not recommended for guests under the age of 10. This is designed to be a much scarier visit through the maze, as additional effects and costumed characters will be inside.

ExPIERience 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Navy Pier’s Celebration ExPIERience is unlike any other event at Navy Pier!

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Navy Pier is committed to building on the success of our 2017 inaugural event, A Celebration ExPIERience, to fund even more free arts and cultural programming for Chicagoans and visitors alike in the years to come.

We hope you can join us for ExPIERience 19 to see the best of Navy Pier and all the tremendous changes—programmatic, physical, and organizational—that Navy Pier has undergone through the support of our generous partners. This year, we are delighted to honor PepsiCo for their nearly 25 years of partnership, as well as The Honorable Rahm Emanuel for his many years of public service and tireless advocacy for Chicago nonprofits.

Event Details

Location: Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Attire: After 5 Casual – Show off your Navy Blue at Navy Pier


To register for ExPIERience 2019, please complete the registration form below. 

Event Partners
Special thanks to the generous ExPIERience 19 in-kind event partners!

America’s Dog & Burger, Brown Sugar Bakery, Chicago Children’s Museum, FRÍO Gelato, Frost, Calumet River Fleeting, Jewell Events Catering, Kurtis Productions, Melrose Pyrotechnics, Miller Lite, Odyssey Cruises, Offshore Rooftop & Bar, Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels, PepsiCo Beverages, Riva Crabhouse, Show Services, The Spice House and Tiny Tavern.

A Celebration ExPIERience 2017 at Navy Pier

A Celebration ExPIERience 2017

This spectacular evening set the course for the Pier’s second century while showcasing the Pier’s dynamic, year-round free programming. The event honored the Polk Bros. Foundation for their legacy partnership and all proceeds directly supported the Pier’s free public programs available to more than 9 million annual guests.  

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Make a Donation

If you cannot attend but wish to make a contribution in support of Navy Pier programming, you may do so at the link below.

Host Committee

In formation

CO-CHAIRS

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation

Joan and Bill Brodsky

Michelle L. Collins

Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis

Mesirow Financial

Peoples Energy Community Fund

PepsiCo

Shoreline Sightseeing

Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz

Donald R. Wilson, Jr. DRW Trading Group

VICE CHAIRS

Allstate Insurance Company

BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Cubs

CIBC

The Canning Foundation

The Crown Family

Entertainment Cruises

Exelon Corporation

Fifth Third Bank

Sarah and John Garvey

SMG

GCM Grosvenor

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Mr. Bob Habeeb, Maverick Hotels & Restaurants

Brett Hart and Dontrey Britt-Hart

Richard and Martha Melman Foundation

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Polk Bros. Foundation

Sue and Tim Sullivan

Wintrust Community Banks

Donate Now

 
Chicago Shakespeare presents: Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral’s Andares
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

October 23–27, 2019 / CST’s Theater Upstairs A WorldStage Production from México directed by Héctor Flores Komatsu Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of the indigenous people who inhabit México’s most remote corners. Created by director Héctor Flores Komatsu from his personal search to know and understand the original cultures of his homeland, Andares is a moving, fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what…

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October 23–27, 2019 / CST’s Theater Upstairs

A WorldStage Production from México
directed by Héctor Flores Komatsu

Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of the indigenous people who inhabit México’s most remote corners. Created by director Héctor Flores Komatsu from his personal search to know and understand the original cultures of his homeland, Andares is a moving, fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred. Presented as part of Destinos — Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com