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Fun and Free Things to do in Chicago at Navy Pier

Looking for fun and free 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

Upcoming Events

Chakaia Booker: Four Sculptures

Free Public Program

Friday, April 20, 2018 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

View four sculptural works by artist Chakaia Booker, on display in locations throughout Navy Pier starting April 20, 2018.

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Since 1994 Chakaia Booker has made abstract sculptures from discarded rubber tires salvaged from city streets, auto body shops, and dump sites. Cutting, shredding, bending, and transforming them into wild organic shapes, she creates objects that evoke the human body and spirit, without being literal representations.  Today, she works almost exclusively with recycled tires—slicing, twisting, stripping, weaving, and riveting rubber and radials to create and exaggerate the textures, prickled edges, and torqued forms of her radical refashioning. Whether she is creating small-scale wall reliefs resembling ballistic blowouts, suggestively hairy and ovoid pedestal sculptures, or colossal landscape-like tableaux, Booker transforms tires—iconic symbols of urban waste and blight—into extraordinary compositions of renewal.

Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Six sculptures by Booker have been on view in Millennium Park since 2016; four of those works will come to Navy Pier this April (two sited on Illinois Street just outside the entrance of Navy Pier; one on the south dock at the entrance; and one in Pier Park).

Pass the Buck

2008; Rubber tires and stainless steel, 102 x 96 x 84 inches

Booker’s inspiration for this sculpture was Madam C. J. Walker–best known for developing a successful line of hair-care and beauty products for black women–and considered by many to be the first African American businesswoman and philanthropist. For the artist, this sculpture evokes the pursuit of success and giving back to society.

Take Out

2008

Take Out is a whimsical piece embellished with large, looping, swirling tendrils of tire. Evoking photographs and reflections through its frame- or mirror-like rectangular shape, Take Out invites viewers to explore and engage in the Chicago cityscape and alternately, views of the Centennial Wheel in Pier Park.

Shape Shifter

2012; Rubber tires and stainless steel, 192 x 102 x 78 inches

 

Gridlock

2008; Rubber tire and stainless steel, 2 pieces, 100 x 48 x 20 inches

Gridlock represents a symbol of human journey and life—shows an interplay of concave and convex spaces. The title references travel patterns in cities.

“My work challenges the notion that tires are uniformly black. I want to encourage people to examine assumptions about color, patterns, textures, and functions…. Also, our assumptions about most subject matter, including people, their diversity, and the diversity of ideas and perceptions.” – Chakaia Booker

Incredibles 2
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
AMC® Navy Pier IMAX® Theatre

The Incredibles are back! Helen is called on to help bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the heroics of “normal” life at home.

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See Incredibles 2 at the AMC Navy Pier IMAX! For showtimes, see the theater box office or visit amctheatres.com.

About Incredibles 2

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of ‘normal’ life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack–whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Macbeth
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

The famed creators behind Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on “the Scottish play.” Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller’s and Posner’s wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com.

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:45 pm
City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program.

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Join us at Navy Pier for Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. This free program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers features two back-to-back 45-minute performances, separated by a 15-minute break. Come sing, clap and play along!

Session 1: 10am-10:45am
Session 2: 11am-11:45am

View the full schedule of upcoming Wiggleworms performances at Navy Pier at navypier.org/wiggleworms.

Live on the Lake!: Bear Williams Band

Free Public Program

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 5:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with special guests the Bear Williams Band.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with blues band, Bear Williams Band, and special guests, Smiley Tillmon Ft. Kate Moss, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, see the Smiley Tillmon Band perform a free-all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guests, the Bear Williams Band.

Bear Williams Band
Blues
7pm – 8pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, see the Smiley Tillmon Band perform a free-all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guests, the Bear Williams Band.

Smiley Tillmon Band
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

About the Performers

Bear Williams Band

The Bear Williams Story begins in Arkansas where Bear’s Mother and Father were born. Bear was a fun loving kid with a zest for life and music. Some of his musical influences were Blues Legends, Robert Johnson, Howling Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Son House, and other great Master Musical Storytellers. Bear grew up in the Northern Mecca for Blues, Jazz and Rock Music, Chicago, Illinois.

Bear’s birth name is Larry Kimpel, and it is by that name that he has been known throughout the music industry for over two decades . Bear spent 25 years in Los Angeles, California touring and recording with A List Musicians and Artists, like Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, George Duke, Boney James, Mavis Staples and The Staple Singers, Larry Carlton, Anita Baker, and a host of other well-known names.

How did the whole name change come about? Bear explains… “It was the Fall of 2015 and my then Fiancee’ (Dee) told me that I was her ‘Big Ole’ Bear!’ Well, people began calling me ‘Bear’ and the name just stuck! I added my mother’s maiden name of Williams and the rest is now history. My first Country/Blues/Rock CD, called Waters of Love, is being releases September 9th on GVR Records.”

The Bear Williams Sound is a merging of southern roots music and country, coupled with the urban feel of the Blues Music of Chicago. 

As a young teenager, Bear had the honor of attending the funeral of Legendary Blues Man, Howling Wolf. Says Bear, “It was the Winter of 76′ and I remember my high school band director telling my class to go up to a local funeral home after school that day and pay our respects to a musical legend. But, he didn’t let any of us know who we were going to see there.

“After school, I walked into the A.R. Leak Funeral Home on 78th and Cottage Grove in Chicago. I remember going through two big white doors and seeing a casket in the front of the room flanked by flowers. Organ music was playing solemnly in the background. There were mourners all around and everyone was crying. I I walked to the front of the room and shook the hands of those family in the front row. Before heading for home, I wrote my name in the guestbook and a couple of weeks later, I received a handwritten note in the mail that said, “Thank you for attending the Funeral of Chester A. Burnett AKA Howlin’ Wolf.” 

Fast forward to today, and Bear Williams is sharing his special brand of music with the world, just as Howlin’ Wolf did. And Bear Williams hopes that in some small way to inspire young Blues Musicians to do the same.

Learn more at bearwilliamsmusic.com

The Smiley Tillmon Band

One of the busiest blues outfits in Chicagoland, the Smiley Tillmon Band is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. There’s an obvious reason why the veteran guitarist’s booking schedule is so jam-packed: Smiley knows how to have a good time and makes sure his audience does too. After 55 years on the local blues scene, Tillmon serves up the blues and soul standards that people never seem to stop craving, his rich vocals and fluid guitar backed by a band that keeps his grooves tight and right.

Born Moses Tillmon in rural Jefferson County, Georgia, Smiley grew up on a hearty musical diet of gospel, country, and a little blues. His mother moved to Fort Lauderdale when he was ten; there he was exposed to calypso music, adding up to a singular list of influences. Tillmon took up guitar and was good enough by the dawn of the ‘60s to back Miami R&B singer Billy Miranda in the studio. He joined Sammy Ambrose & the Afro-Beats, a calypso-oriented band, touring from Canada to New York. Smiley bid the Afro-Beats adieu in 1962 and moved to Chicago. There he established himself on the blues circuit, playing with Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Denise LaSalle, and other South Side luminaries until he opted for a day job in 1977.

Upon his 2007 retirement, Smiley reverted to full-time musical status. He joined forces with bassist Tom Rezetko, and they’ve been inseparable onstage ever since. Kate Moss shares guitar duties with Tillmon; married to another blues guitar standout, Nick Moss, Kate’s sound is heavily influenced by Freddie King and Magic Sam (she fell in love with the blues at age 21 when she met Buddy Guy, and she’s shared stages with Buddy, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie Shaw, and Lurrie Bell, just to name a few). Drummer George Baumann completes one of the Windy City’s toughest blues combos, one that’ll keep you smiling from ear to ear.

Learn more at smileytillmonband.com

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Aon Summer Fireworks

Free Public Program

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 9:30 pm - 9:40 pm
Navy Pier

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display over Lake Michigan twice per week at Navy Pier!

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Navy Pier is Chicago’s bi-weekly destination for spectacular, free fireworks displays perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier’s Aon Summer Fireworks occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

View Full Aon Summer Fireworks Schedule

Macbeth
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

The famed creators behind Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on “the Scottish play.” Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller’s and Posner’s wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Thursday, July 5, 2018
AMC® Navy Pier IMAX® Theatre

This all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.

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See Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the AMC Navy Pier IMAX! For showtimes, see the theater box office or visit amctheatres.com.

About Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Make Music Chicago

Free Public Program

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Navy Pier joins the citywide celebration of a global day of music, inviting “citizen musicians” of all levels to come out and play.

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Navy Pier joins Make Music Chicago, the citywide celebration of a global day of music, inviting “citizen musicians” of all levels to come out and play!

About the Performers

Vivian Garcia Band to perform at Navy Pier as part of Make Music Chicago

Vivian Garcia
12pm-1pm

Vivian Garcia is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. Her musical journey has taken her from studying rumba flamenca rhythms in Granada, Spain to jamming with international folk musicians in Madrid as well as singing with various bands in Chicago. Cold Bed is her first album and her latest EP In Between Times was released February 26th 2016. Her bilingual single Ven Conmigo was featured on season 4 of Emmy nominated show East Los High. She’s performed at many local venues and festivals including Taste of Chicago, and Metro. She opened twice for Grammy winning act La Santa Cecilia. Vivian is currently working on new collaborations for 2018.

Learn more at viviangarcia.bandcamp.com.

The People’s Music School of Chicago to perform as part of Make Music Chicago

Learn a Tune with the Peoples Music School of Chicago
1pm-2pm

The People’s Music School is the first and only completely free music school of its kind in the country.  Founded 40 years ago in Uptown by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, the school has grown into a strong community movement serving nearly 700 underserved students across Chicago who would not otherwise be able to afford this. Through rigorous, intensive after school music instruction, students learn character-building skills that transfer to all areas of life.  The school is proud to have a 100% graduation rate and has alumni studying all types of science, liberal arts, and other majors at universities across the country.

Learn more at peoplesmusicschool.org.

MERs Music Showcase to perform as part of Make Music Chicago

MER’s Music Showcase
2pm-4pm

MER invites Chicago’s finest artists to partake in a “songwriters in the round” session. This stripped down format gives front men/women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago’s most dedicated songwriters!

Learn more at facebook.com/merplay.

A Capella Singers Perform

Glottal Attack
4pm-4:30pm

Glottal Attack – Formed in 2006, Glottal Attack is an a capella madrigal group of professors and graduate students from the English Department at Loyola University. They have sung music ranging from medieval to contemporary in ten languages by composers from Palestrina to Philip Glass.

Mamma Mia! Sing-Along Truck

Mamma Mia! Sing-Along Truck
4:30pm-5:30pm

In New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, fans can dance, jive and have the time of their lives while singing their favorite ABBA songs, accompanied by live musicians. In celebration of the new original movie musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sing-along trucks will make stops at several locations in each city throughout the day.

Learn more at http://makemusicchicago.org

About Make Music Chicago

Every June 21st, Make Music Chicago helps Chicagoans celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability or preferred musical style. Completely different from a typical music festival, this music festival is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion—pours onto streets, parks, plazas and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Based on the French Fête de la Musique, Make Music Chicago was first presented by Rush Hour Concerts in 2011 at the request of French Consul General Graham Paul. Chicago joins 800 cities in 120 countries across the globe, making the Fête de la Musique the world’s largest single day music celebration.

Make Music Chicago is a proud member of the Make Music Alliance, connecting Chicago with over 60 other U.S. cities in celebrating this day of music.

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125th Anniversary of the Ferris Wheel

Free Public Program

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 1:25 pm - 2:00 pm

Celebrate the birth of Chicago’s iconic attraction with exciting performances, plus free rides for the first 1,893 guest to pre-register.

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Navy Pier is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ferris wheel with free Centennial Wheel rides for the first 1,893 pre-registered guests in honor of the year it was invented!

Designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the first Ferris wheel opened to the public on June 21, 1893. One hundred and twenty-five years later, Chicago, home of the original Ferris wheel, is honoring the ingenuity and foresight of the engineering marvel with a day filled with live entertainment, free wheel rides, special appearances by Ferris family members, and more. A free commemorative 125th anniversary pressed penny is included with the free ride upon redemption of the preserved ticket.

Be sure to time your visit to the Pier so that you can take advantage of the free program at 1:25 p.m., featuring remarks from Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner and Jim Ferris, relative of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., followed by a special dance performance by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, who will recreate the performances from the 1893 World’s Fair at the Wave Wall Platform on the South Dock.

Register For Free Tickets

*Tickets for this event are limited. Must present valid Eventbrite ticket at the Pier Park Box Office to ride for free. Limit one free ride ticket per person. Additional tickets are available for purchase online and at the Pier Park box office. Ticket valid on Thursday, June 21, 2018, only, during normal operating hours. The Centennial Wheel operates rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Centennial Wheel may close temporarily for the safety of our guests and our Pier Park staff. In the event of severely inclement weather conditions, please see twitter.com/navypier for operational updates. Navy Pier reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance: Little Queens

Free Public Program

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with special go-go dance lessons with instructor Tina Go-go. This week’s performance presented as part of Pride Week at Navy Pier.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with Heart Tribute Band, Little Queens, with go-go dance lessons by Tina Go-go as part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, see classic Heart Tribute Band, Little Queens, perform a free-all-ages show with go-go dance lessons.

Little Queens
Heart Tribute Band
6:30pm – 7:15pm & 7:45pm – 8:30pm

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, see classic Heart Tribute Band, Little Queens, perform a free-all-ages show with go-go dance lessons.

Tina Go-go
Instructor
6pm – 6:30pm and 7:15pm-7:45pm

About the Performers

Little Queens

Aerin Tedesco, Andrea Bunch, and Greg Nergaard of Congress of Starlings have teamed up with John Mead, Steve Alspach, and Debbie Kaczynski to create Little Queens, a passionate tribute to the magical music of Heart.

Learn more at littlequeens.org

Tina Go-go

Tina Stasny brought the go-go craze to the Midwest after seeing The World Famous Pontani Sisters perform their Go-Go act in 2002. She taught weekly classes at the Flamenco Arts Center from 2005-2007, and founded Chicago’s first go-go dance troupe, The Janes. Her dance credentials include a minor in Phys. Ed at Purdue University, master classes with Lar Lubovitch and Twyla Tharp, and bellydancing since 1997 under the instruction of Jasmin Jahal, Stephanie Barto, and Princess Farhana of Hollywood. Tina has been go-go dancing professionally in clubs since 1987 and has taught numerous workshops around Chicagoland (including the Old Town School). From West African to Mexican Zapateado, Tina has dabbled in every type of dance and thus lends her diverse dance experience to this modern form.

Learn more at oldtownschool.org

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Pride Week at Navy Pier

This performance is presented in celebration of Pride Week at Navy Pier. Learn more about Navy Pier’s Pride Week festivities here.

Macbeth
Friday, June 22, 2018
Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

The famed creators behind Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on “the Scottish play.” Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller’s and Posner’s wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com.

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, June 22, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:45 pm
City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program.

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Join us at Navy Pier for Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. This free program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers features two back-to-back 45-minute performances, separated by a 15-minute break. Come sing, clap and play along!

Session 1: 10am-10:45am
Session 2: 11am-11:45am

View the full schedule of upcoming Wiggleworms performances at Navy Pier at navypier.org/wiggleworms.

Live on the Lake!: Boy Band Review

Free Public Program

Friday, June 22, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Playing a free, all ages show with special guests Honey & The 45s.

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Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with cover band, Boy Band Review, and special guests, Honey & The 45s, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

Join the Boy Band Review and special guests Honey & The 45s for a free, all-ages concert at the Miller Lite Beer Garden on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Boy Band Review
Cover Band – Boy Band Tribute
9pm – 10pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Join the Boy Band Review and special guests Honey & The 45s for a free, all-ages concert at the Miller Lite Beer Garden on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Honey & The 45s
Soul/Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7pm – 8pm

About the Performers

Boy Band Review

Boy Band Review – Is the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country! Bringing full production lights, video, choreography, harmonies and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love.

Bringing some sweet hip thrusts and air grabs performed perfectly “N SYNC”, Boy Band Review, shows are an incredible throwback experience where the audience members relive the best years!  They are playing to capacity crowds throughout the Midwest and spreading nationwide. They have played numerous high profile events, private engagements, a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Casino, the NHL Stadium Series Classic, and countless venues across the country to capacity crowds.  Boy Band Review is everyone’s favorite show since the 1990s!  

Learn more at boybandreview.com

Honey & The 45s

Honey& the 45s is a female-fronted soul/rock band known for its dynamite stage presence and soulful, jazz undertones. True to its roots, the band has been dubbed “The Sound of Chicago” – Nanobot Rock Reviews  

Songs from Honey’s debut album, The Need (September 2012) were remixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Fred Breitberg. In 2014, the band was awarded Best Blues/Jazz Band at the Chicago Independent Music Awards, and went on to open on the main stage for Cold War Kids at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in Chicago and Big Data in St. Louis. By the end of the year, the group had made its television debut; Honey’s live performance aired nationally in December 2014 on WGN, coinciding with the release of the band’s critically-acclaimed second album, MAD. A brazen, sultry music video accompanies MAD’s lead single, “Dark.”

 Honey & the 45s’ recordings have been in rotation on over 100 radio stations nationwide. The band has been featured in print, commercials, as entertainment for press conferences, and has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals and venues throughout Chicago and the Midwest. In 2015 through 2016: Honey opened for Smash Mouth in North Carolina, Andy Grammer in Chicago’s Grant Park, The Original Wailers at Navy Pier’s Lobsterfest, Eric Hutchinson in St. Louis, and was chosen as one of the top 3 National emerging artists to perform at Summeriest’s Land The Big Gig. In 2017, Honey released their EP titled Speak with a live-taping at Chicago’s own JBTV Music Television, and the band continues to play favorite venues around Chicago and tour regionally. 

Learn more at honeyandthe45s.com

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Navy Pier Pride<br />Presented by American Airlines

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Navy Pier

Chicago’s largest Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood.

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Pier Pride, Presented by American Airlines

Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines is coming through with flying colors this year! The third annual free event will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to midnight. 

Plus, don’t miss our other Pride programming, including a free screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, on Monday, June 18, and free go-go dancing lessons and live music at Live on the Lake on Thursday, June 21. View all scheduled events in honor of Pride Week at Navy Pier.

Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.

Media Sponsor: WBEZ Chicago 91.5

Performance & Activity Schedule: June 23, 2018

Chicago Children’s Museum’s Family Resource & Activity Station
South Dock
11am – 2pm

The station gives guests the opportunity to learn about the Museum’s resources for LGBTQ+ families and participate in pride-themed arts and crafts activities. 

Story Time With Drag Queens, presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum
West Performance Platform
12pm – 1pm

Enjoy a special reading of classic children’s books by a few of Chicago’s fun and fabulous drag queens.

Information & Resource Village
South Dock
1pm – 5pm

Browse the Resource Village along the South Dock, which offers information and resources from LGBTQ+ organizations, such as Howard Brown Health, PFLAG and more.

Lakeside Pride Marching Band
South Dock
1:30pm – 2pm

Join us for a festive musical procession down the South Dock!

Wave Wall Wax: DJ Rae Chardonnay
Wave Wall Performance Platform
2pm – 4pm

Vocalo Resident DJ Rae Chardonnay performs at the Wave Wall Performance Platform as part of Wave Wall Wax, a free live DJ series presented every Saturday through Labor Day weekend.

Chicago Gay Men’s Choir Performance
Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion Grand Staircase
3pm – 4pm

Enjoy a special performance by Chicago Gay Men’s Choir in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

Image credit: Miss Meadows

Queer the Pier: Live Music & DJs Produced by Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions
With Special Guest CeCe Peniston at 9:15pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden
5pm – 12am

New to the lineup this year, Navy Pier teamed up with No Small Plans’ queer party impresario Kristen Kaza to produce Queer the Pier, a special program that travels sonically and visually throughout the history of queer club culture. Audio Jack – resident DJ of Slo ‘Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam, one of Chicago’s longest running LGBTQ+ dance parties – kicks off the festivities in the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 5 p.m. with R&B, disco and house favorites. Other artists include Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor, MICHA, at 7 p.m., followed by local R&B vocalist, Adam Ness, and special guests performing “queer club anthems” with a live band. The program also features a fashion show highlighting queer club looks through the decades, modeled by Chicago nightlife personalities, emceed by bearded beauty Lucy Stoole and devised by vintage shop Kokorokoko, with additional creative direction by performer and choreographer Darling Shear. Special guest Cece Peniston, celebrating 20 years of the LGBTQ+ anthem, “Finally,” headlines the program. Lady D will close out the evening post-fireworks with a classic house set.

Screening: Signature Move, presented in partnership with NewCity
With Star & Screenwriter Fawzia Mirza
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park
7pm – 8:30pm

Head to the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park to catch a special screening of the 2017 indie comedy-drama, Signature Move, presented in partnership with New City. The film’s star and screenwriter, Fawzia Mirza, is scheduled to be in attendance.

Aon Summer Fireworks
South Dock
10:15pm – 10:25pm

Gather on the South Dock for Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks – synchronized specially to house music in honor of Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines – to end the evening with a bang!

 

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