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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

Excision Apex 2019 Tour
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now! Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, Excision’s diverse skills as a DJ and producer constantly test the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres.

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Navy Pier is proud to host the Excision Apex 2019 Tour! Excision shows are like no other. A virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy. Earth-shattering walls of bass relentlessly smash upon the bodies of headbanging fans around the world.

Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, Excision’s diverse skills as a DJ and producer constantly test the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision’s sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime.

With 10+ years of constant touring under his belt, two major music festivals to call his own in Bass Canyon (August – Washington) and Lost Lands (September – Ohio), multiple chart-topping hits and millions of screaming fans around the world, Excision has proven himself as the true champion of Bass Music.

Excision’s fourth full-length studio album Apex (2018) adds another groundbreaking achievement to his already staggering collection of original music, following up from Virus (2016), Codename X (2015) and X Rated (2011), plus countless singles, collabs, mixes, and EPs over the last decade.

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This event is a General Admission event. Patrons requesting accessible seating should purchase a regular General Admission ticket.

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Prohibited Items

Please note that ALL items and backs will be searched upon entry to this event. For a full list of prohibited items, please click here.

Two Pints
Saturday, March 30, 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.

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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

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Purchase tickets to Two Pints at chicagoshakes.com.

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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
Sunday, March 31, 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.

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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.

I Heart Halal 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019

I Heart Halal celebrates all the things that nourish you. At the first Halal lifestyle festival in the United States you’ll experience food, fashion, fitness, beauty, entertainment and education.

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Navy Pier is proud to host I Heart Halal, celebrating all the things that nourish you. At the first Halal lifestyle festival in the United States you’ll experience food, fashion, fitness, beauty, entertainment and education. Celebrate with friends and family and explore the broad and beautiful spectrum of what nourishes you.

Cooking demonstration at I Heart Halal Festival at Navy Pier

Event Details

I Heart Halal delivers three packed days of entertainment, education, food, fashion and fun all under Navy Pier’s iconic domed roof.

I Heart Halal Bazaar

At the heart of the event, you’ll find the grand bazaar. The bazaar is the place to discover Halal products in every category imaginable – including food, fashion, fitness, beauty, business and travel.

I Heart Halal Food Festival

Get ready to eat! The expanded food festival at I Heart Halal features old favorites and new faces. With a wide variety of Halal specialties to try, we’re ready to nourish your body and fill your stomach!

Entertainment

Gather friends and family and get ready to have fun. From music to dance to fashion to comedy, there is something to entertain and surprise all day long.

Education

Nourish your mind. With sessions on halal lifestyle and food, beauty and fitness demonstrations and education on a wide range of topics including business, travel and culture, I Heart Halal will have you thinking in a whole new way.

Family

With an interactive Kid Zone and family-friendly entertainment, as well as a food festival that will satisfy even the smallest foodies, I Heart Halal has something for every member of the family.

Plan Your Visit

Hours

I Heart Halal will be open Friday, April 12, 2019 through Sunday, April 14, 2019, during the following hours:

Friday, April 12
11am-10pm

Saturday, April 13
11am-10pm

Sunday, April 14
11am-6pm

Buy Tickets

Purchase tickets at ihearthalal.com

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Friday, April 19, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Friday, April 26, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

Chicago Shakespeare presents: Hamlet
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages one of the great masterworks of Western literature.

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Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards. Tickets available at chicagoshakes.com.

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