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Events and Activities to do in Chicago at Navy Pier

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

Stroller Grooves Free Public Program

Stroller Grooves

Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Stroller Grooves Free Public Program

Stroller Grooves

Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Stroller Grooves Free Public Program

Stroller Grooves

Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Stroller Grooves Free Public Program

Stroller Grooves

Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Stroller Grooves Free Public Program

Stroller Grooves

Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Upcoming Events

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Saturdays at 11:00am | January 25–February 29, 2020 The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by William Shakespeare directed by Eli Newell adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins,…

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Saturdays at 11:00am | January 25–February 29, 2020
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
directed by Eli Newell
adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they’re the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for one bewitching time in the theater.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter.

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Saturdays at 11:00am / January 25 – February 29, 2020 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
directed by Eli Newell
adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they’re the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for one bewitching time in the theater. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast, and mingle with them in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Global Connections: Chinese New Year

Free Public Program

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us for a celebration of Chinese New Year, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more.

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Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration of Chinese New Year, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more!

Usher in the “Year of the Rat” with a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration that’s More Than You Imagine. Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this vibrant display of cultural expression features festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more. Authentic Chinese cuisine from New Furama Restaurant will be available for purchase.

Scheduled Entertainment

Musical Performances

  • Eight tones Musical Ensemble

  • Cheng Da Drum Team

  • Tuvergen Band

  • Yang Wei, Pipa Master

Dance Performances

  • Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance Team

  • Flying Fairies dance

  • Hao Dance

  • Jin Que Yue Dance

  • Pao Ling Ling Dance

  • Yin He Dance

Martial Arts Performances

  • Bei Dou Kung Fu

  • Zhong Hua Kung Fu

Additional Participants and Vendors

  • Miss Chinese Chicago

  • Chicago Talents Group

  • Amirya’s Garden

  • Bamboo Melody Instruments

  • Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute

  • Chinese Fine Arts Society

  • Danyel Fish Kids Fun

  • Little Roses LLC

  • Paperhugger Studio

  • Yijun Hu, Calligrapher

More to See and Do

Make a day of your visit to Global Connections: Chinese New Year! There’s more to do at Navy Pier than ever before. Start planning now!

Dining & Shopping

Dine, shop and play local at Navy Pier! Here, you’ll find dozens of Chicago-based restaurants, shops, and activities. 

Arts & Culture

Visit the Crystal Gardens and Chicago Children’s Museum, see what’s playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater or the AMC Navy Pier IMAX, or simply walk the Navy Pier grounds to discover new works of art peppering our parks and promenade. 

Cruises & Tours

Adventure off the Pier with of the many year-round cruises or Chicago tours departing each day!

Ride the Centennial Wheel

Don’t miss the soaring heights of the all-new Centennial Wheel—a perennial favorite offering stunning, 360-degree views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. 

About This Series

Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

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January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

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January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Friday, January 31, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

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January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Saturdays at 11:00am | January 25–February 29, 2020 The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare by William Shakespeare directed by Eli Newell adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins,…

Read More

Saturdays at 11:00am | January 25–February 29, 2020
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
directed by Eli Newell
adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they’re the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for one bewitching time in the theater.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter.

Read More

Saturdays at 11:00am / January 25 – February 29, 2020 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare
directed by Eli Newell
adaptation & original direction by David H. Bell

Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong servant Dromio find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they’re the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for one bewitching time in the theater. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast, and mingle with them in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Deadmau5 Concert
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Deadmau5 comes to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall for their cube v3 tour on Saturday, February 1.

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Deadmau5 presents cube v3 tour at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on Saturday, February 1. 

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Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

Read More

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Sunday, February 2, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

Read More

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Stroller Grooves

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

Read More

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Winter Music Series: La Peña Orchestra

Free Public Program

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Navy Pier introduces a new music series in February, featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, classical and world music styles on Thursday evening in the Crystal Gardens at 6:00pm. 

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Navy Pier presents its newest free program, Winter Music Series, a four-part indoor music series showcasing an eclectic mix of live music from local artists and ensembles each Thursday evening in February.

ABOUT LA PEÑA ORCHESTRA

 

La Peña Orchestra began in 2019 in the lower west side of Chicago. In the spirit of a Peruvian “Peña” or jam session, the group is made up of long-time collaborators and aims to bring artists and musicians together. The orchestra covers repertoire from Cuban and South American dance bands spanning the 1930s-60s. Styles include Cumbia, Danzón, Bolero, Cha, Mambo, and more. 

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Emma
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater based on the novel by Jane Austen book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon directed by Barbara Gaines Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings…

Read More

January 28 – March 15, 2020 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com