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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

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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

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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

Winter Wonder Market
Friday, November 29, 2019 - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Navy Pier’s Winter Wonder Market is your one-stop-shop to all things holiday! Meet and greet with Santa, shop for unique gifts. indulge in seasonal treats and more!

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Winter Wonder Market

Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion will transform this holiday season into an all-new holiday market. Winter Wonder Market is your one-stop-shop to all things holiday! Shop for unique, Chicago-centric gifts and indulge in seasonal treats and food specials at our onsite dining establishments.

Enjoy live entertainment on select dates, free gift wrapping with any $20 purchase from a Navy Pier merchant (limit 3 gifts to be wrapped), and Meet and Greet photo-ops with Santa & Mrs. Claus on select dates/times.

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Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest
Friday, December 6, 2019 - Sunday, January 12, 2020

Experience the city’s biggest and best indoor winter playground and join the millions of families who have made it a part of their annual holiday tradition!

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Packed with family fun, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is a beloved annual Chicago winter event, featuring 170,000 square feet of carnival rides, giant slides, holiday-themed activities, the Xfinity Ice Skating Rink and more. Experience the city’s biggest and best indoor winter playground and join the millions of families who have made it a part of their annual holiday tradition! 

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Rides, Activities and Photo Ops

Find thrills without the chills inside the 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, featuring 170,000 square feet of attractions, including indoor ice skating, a festive carousel, inflatable rides, and so much more!

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Turn your Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest outing into a night away with Hilton. Stay at any Chicagoland Hilton hotel and get:

  • 20% Off Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest admission for up to 4 people
  • 20% Off Parking at Navy Pier
  • $5 Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest Food Voucher (one per room reservation)
  • 10% Off Photo Package

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater by William Shakespeare directed by Barbara Gaines A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet…

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October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater by William Shakespeare directed by Barbara Gaines A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet…

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October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare Presents: Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads.

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November 29–December 23, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Happy HollyMaze Chicago
Friday, December 13, 2019 - Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy HollyMaze is Chicago’s newest immersive holiday pop up, featuring displays inspired by classic holiday movie scenes. Brighter and more colorful than ever before, guests of all ages will be able to enjoy the festive décor and theming inside.

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Open December 13-January 11

Chicago’s favorite maze is getting a fun twist for the holiday season! Don’t miss the immersive pop up Happy HollyMaze, featuring displays inspired by classic holiday movie scenes. Brighter and more colorful than ever before, guests of all ages will be able to enjoy the festive décor and theming inside.

Your adventure begins as you embark on an “Elfish” journey from the North Pole through a candy cane forest, gumdrop path, and Lincoln Tunnel maze. Next, you’ll need your wits to sneak past traps modeled after those designed by a lonely suburban eight-year-old to scare off some holiday burglars. The final portion of your trip will be a blacklight experience highlighting scenes of a famous Pumpkin King who wants to take over Santa’s duties after Halloween night. Throughout the maze there will be several opportunities for unique, fun photos that you won’t get anywhere else in the city!

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Also, you’ll get a view unlike any other when you put on a pair of our special holiday glasses which magically transform Christmas lights into amazing holiday images! Head to Navy Pier beginning Friday, December 13th. This limited event will only run through January 12th.

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm

Sunday: 10am-7pm

Tuesday, December 24: 10am-5pm

Tickets

Tickets are available on-site at the ticket booth (ONLY).

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Romeo and Juliet
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater by William Shakespeare directed by Barbara Gaines A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet…

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October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare Presents: Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads.

Read More

November 29–December 23, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater by William Shakespeare directed by Barbara Gaines A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet…

Read More

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Sequence Chicago

Free Public Program

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 5:00 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.

Performance Schedule

Mike Maimone

The Oh Yeahs
5:00pm-6:00pm | Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion

More information coming soon!

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.

Chicago Shakespeare Presents: Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

The Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads.

Read More

November 29–December 23, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare Presents: Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

The Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads.

Read More

November 29–December 23, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater by William Shakespeare directed by Barbara Gaines A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet…

Read More

October 31 – December 22, 2019 / CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families’ enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable night out at Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Breakfast with Santa at Harry Caray’s Tavern
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Ho-Ho-Holy Cow! Bring the kids to Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15 from 8:30am – 10:30am. It’s the perfect way to kick off a day of holiday fun at Navy Pier.

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Ho-Ho-Holy Cow! Bring the kids to Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15 from 8:30a – 10:30a. It’s the perfect way to kick off a day of holiday fun at Navy Pier. The whole family will enjoy holiday-inspired breakfast favorites. Santa will be joined by Moo-dolph the Red-Nosed Holy Cow who will be handing out holiday treat bags to all the kids. 

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