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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

Two Pints
Friday, March 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

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For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Cruises: Spirit of Chicago
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Complement your visit to the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show with a cruise on the Spirit of Chicago that includes a professional floral arrangement demonstration.

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Located just steps away from Festival Hall at Navy Pier, a lunch or brunch aboard Spirit of Chicago is the perfect complement to any Flower & Garden Show visit. Our cruises also include incredible views, a professional floral arrangement demonstration and the option to include a discounted a Flower & Garden Show ticket at checkout.

  • Delicious lunch or brunch buffet
  • Professional floral arrangement demonstration

Flower & Garden Show Cruises

Reservations

March 20 – 24
Board 11am | Cruise 12pm-2pm

Lunch Cruise
Adults from $39.90*
Kids from $24.90*

Lunch Cruise + F&G Show Ticket
Adults from $52.90*
Kids from $29.90*

Flower & Garden Show tickets offered at a discounted rate. Package selection at checkout.

For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit spiritcruises.com.

Book Now

Global Connections: Holi

Free Public Program

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us for a Holi celebration, 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 Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” 

A father and son participate in color throwing at Holi, a part of Global Connections presented by ComEd

Scheduled Entertainment

Special Reception

Hosted reception by Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International from 12:45pm-1:15pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. 

Color Throwing in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Come participate in this colorful Holi tradition! Colored powder available for purchase while supplies last from 1pm-4pm in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Please Note: All powder throwing MUST take place outside in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Absolutely NO POWDER THROWING will be tolerated inside Navy Pier hallways or in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Please help us keep our space clean and tidy for future events at Navy Pier! Thank you for your cooperation.

Musical Performances

Dance Performances

Participating Organizations

Bombay Wraps to provide food at Navy Pier's Holi Celebration in Chicago

Specialty Food Vendors

  • Bombay Wraps

More to See and Do

Make a day of your visit to Global Connections: Holi! 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 Holi 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. 

Two Pints
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Two Pints
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Cruises: Spirit of Chicago
Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Complement your visit to the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show with a cruise on the Spirit of Chicago that includes a professional floral arrangement demonstration.

Read More

Located just steps away from Festival Hall at Navy Pier, a lunch or brunch aboard Spirit of Chicago is the perfect complement to any Flower & Garden Show visit. Our cruises also include incredible views, a professional floral arrangement demonstration and the option to include a discounted a Flower & Garden Show ticket at checkout.

  • Delicious lunch or brunch buffet
  • Professional floral arrangement demonstration

Flower & Garden Show Cruises

Reservations

March 20 – 24
Board 11am | Cruise 12pm-2pm

Lunch Cruise
Adults from $39.90*
Kids from $24.90*

Lunch Cruise + F&G Show Ticket
Adults from $52.90*
Kids from $29.90*

Flower & Garden Show tickets offered at a discounted rate. Package selection at checkout.

For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit spiritcruises.com.

Book Now

Two Pints
Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Stroller Grooves: The Lucky Trikes

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 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, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Lucky Trikes

The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band that performs for groups of all ages anywhere there is a gathering space and a few pairs of open ears. We grew out of a chamber band, The Lucky Bikes, in 2014 while performing Stories Wrapped in String at the William Harris Lee & Co. luthier shops in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and Wilmette, where they still perform monthly. Each story time is curated around a theme and includes well-known and award-winning books, new publications, improvised and classical music, original stories and songs. Musicians from Chicago’s thriving new music and free jazz scenes join storyteller-musicians Deirdre and Kyle for each performance.

The Trikes have performed every Tuesday evening June-August in a Chicago Park District park as part of the 2017 and 2018 Night Out in the Parks initiative, every year of the annual Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival and for hundreds of children and adults over 12 hours from Loyal to McKinley Parks for Make Music Chicago. In 2017 The Lucky Trikes rounded out a two-year monthly residency at CityLit Books in Logan Square and moved down the road to Jimmy Beans Coffee for first Saturdays.

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.

Two Pints
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Two Pints
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Two Pints
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Navy Pier Job Fair 2019

Free Public Program

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn about seasonal employment opportunities with Navy Pier, Inc. and on-Pier shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Looking for a job this summer? Register to attend the Navy Pier Job Fair on Thursday, March 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Crystal Gardens. The job fair will feature opportunities with Navy Pier, Inc. and its on-Pier partners in retail, restaurants and attractions. As Chicago’s iconic landmark continues its exciting transformation, the Navy Pier Job Fair will offer job seekers the unique and exciting opportunity be a part of this iconic Chicago destination while working along the city’s beautiful lakefront.

Please note that most opportunities are for seasonal work through the summer of 2018. Interested individuals must register to attend the job fair. Please bring at least a dozen copies of your resume. Professional attire is strongly recommended. Questions? Contact Sofia at 312-595-5003.

RESTRICTIONS

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Registration is required.

Register for a Free Ticket

The Navy Pier job fair is free to attend. Registration is required.

Register Here

Two Pints
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Two Pints
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

Two Pints
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue for Two Pints, by Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle.

Read More

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot.

Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside to great acclaim, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour.

Audience Alert: This performance contains strong language.

Plan Your Visit

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

Buy Tickets

Parking

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Ride the Centennial Wheel

During your visit, stop by Navy Pier’s iconic Centennial Wheel for unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Pier Park box office.

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