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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

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, June 28, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Free public program! Experience Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park featuring Laura Doherty & Cat Tager.

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Free and open to the public! Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park 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

Performers

Laura Doherty & Cat Tager


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

About This Series

Since 1985, Wiggleworms, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program, has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music. 

Learn more about Wiggleworms at Navy Pier, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Friday, June 28, 2019 | 7:45 pm - 9:05 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

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May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Navy Pier Pride<br />Presented by American Airlines

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Free public programming, presented by American Airlines! Come join chicago’s largest Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood.

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Pier Pride, Presented by American Airlines

Free public programming, presented by American Airlines! Navy Pier Pride, presented by American Airlines, is coming through with flying colors this year! The fourth annual free Pride event at Navy Pier will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 

Performance & Activity Schedule: June 29, 2019

Chicago Children’s Museum’s Family Resource & Activity Station
South Dock
12pm – 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
1pm – 2pm

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

Information & Resource Station
South Dock
12pm – 4pm

Browse the Resource Station along the South Dock, which offers information and resources from LGBTQ+ organizations, such as PFLAG.

Lakeside Pride Marching Band
South Dock
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Join us for a festive musical procession down the South Dock (starting at the People’s Energy Welcome Pavilion)! 

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion Grand Staircase
3:00pm – 4:00pm

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

Wave Wall Wax
Wave Wall Performance Platform
4pm – 6pm

Get movin’ and groovin’ at Wave Wall Wax, a free weekly DJ series at South Dock.

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!

 

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free public event! Get down at the Wave Wall Performance Platform with live sets from Chicago’s best DJs.

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Free and open to the public! Join us on Navy Pier’s South Dock at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a live DJ set, part of Navy Pier’s free live DJ series, Wave Wall Wax. This year, over 50% of the DJs are women. 

About This Series

Wave Wall Wax brings Chicago’s incredible DJ culture to Navy Pier every Saturday for a new, free weekly DJ series from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Wave Wall Performance Platform. Learn more about Wave Wall Wax, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Schedule

5/25: DJ Milty Evans LIVE on air with Vocalo Radio
6/1: Bonita Appleblunt_
6/8: DJ Dee Money
6/15: Cqqchifruit
6/22: Sean Alvarez
6/29: DJ All The Way Kay
7/6: Jimmy Munoz
7/13: Bumbac Joe
7/20: Phreaky Bionick
7/27: Lady D
8/3: Fathom Dj
8/10: DJ JEET
8/17: DJ Romasoul
8/24: DJ Gemini Jones
8/31: Ron Carroll

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

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May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

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May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 8:30 pm - 9:50 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

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May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Aon Summer Fireworks

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 10:15 pm - 10:25 pm

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

Live on the Lake!

Free Public Program

Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Miller Lite Beer Garden for FREE performances by Ugochi, DJ Papa G and Hurricane Reggae Band.

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Free live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden will feature local favorites, national touring acts and exciting new artists all summer long.

On Sundays, join us for “International Pier Sounds” featuring DJ Papa G, rotating local and touring world music groups and local reggae bands Gizzae, Hurricane, Indika and Kofi and the new roots. Come celebrate this global celebration of music with drinks, dancing and lake views.

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.

Performance Schedule

2:00PM – 3:00PM & 3:30PM – 4:30PM | Ugochi

4:30PM – 5:30 PM & 6:30PM – 7:00PM | DJ Papa G

5:30PM – 6:30PM & 7:00PM -8:00PM |Hurricane Reggae Band

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

Read More

May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

Read More

May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: SIX
Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run.

Read More

May 14 – June 30, 2019 / The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

By Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
directed by  Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying musical celebration of empowerment—shining a spotlight on women who are so much more than the history books might lead us to believe. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power.

Learn more at chicagoshakes.com

Water Flicks | Thor: Ragnarok

Free Public Program

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Thor: Ragnarok in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 1 at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

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Free and open to the public! Join us for free, outdoor screenings of favorite family movies in Polk Bros Park! Screenings are held Monday nights all summer long, from June 24 through August 12. This year’s theme: Super Hero Summer!

*Please note: closed captioning (CC) will be available for this movie screening. 

About This Series

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series in Polk Bros Park. Learn more about Water Flicks, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Rush Hour Workouts

Free Public Program

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free motion fitness class for all ages and experience levels.

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Free and open to the public! Keep your body in shape with weekly Rush Hour Workouts at the City Stage in Polk Bros Park! 

All participants must complete the Fitness Waiver Form.  Waiver forms will be available on site the day of each event. 

SCHEDULE:

June 4: Zumba
Instructor: Natalia Montalvo

June 11: Werq
Instructor: Randi Karlinsky

June 18: Zumba
Instructor: Natalia Montalvo

June 25: Werq
Instructor: Randi Karlinsky

July 2: Zumba
Instructor: Yamile Koch

July 9: Werq
Instructor: Hanna Bedell

July 23: Zumba
Instructor: Yamile Koch

July 30: Werq
Instructor: Hannah Bedell

August 13: Zumba
Instructor: Reina Gold

August 20: Werq
Instructor: Randi Karlinsky

About This Series

Rush Hour Workouts are part of Summer Fitness supported by LifeStart at Navy Pier, offering free motion fitness classes and sunset yoga classes in the months of June, July and August. Learn more about Summer Fitness, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Sunset Yoga

Free Public Program

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free sunset yoga session for all ages and experience levels.

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Free and open to the public! Keep your body in shape and your mind centered with FREE weekly Sunset Yoga classes at the City Stage in Polk Bros Park! Each week, top yoga instructors will lead guided sessions in a variety of yoga styles. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Please check back soon for full details.

What to Bring

For a more enjoyable experience, guests are invited to bring the following items:

  • Yoga mat
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Completed waiver form (printed copies will also be available at walk-up)

Please note that yoga mats, towels, and water bottles are not provided on-site. 

About This Series

Sunset Yoga is part of Summer Fitness at Navy Pier, offering free motion fitness classes and sunset yoga classes in the months of June, July and August. Learn more about Navy Pier’s free fitness classes, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.