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Global Connections
Presented by ComEd

Global Connections, presented by ComEd

Join us for Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a celebration of the diverse people and cultures that make up Chicago’s local character. Each of the free events in this series at Navy Pier will feature music, dance, art and more from a variety of cultures, promising an exciting and enriching experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Upcoming Events in this Series

Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration

Free Public Program

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us for an International Carnivale Celebration, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more.

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Free public programming, presented by ComEd! The tradition of Carnival is celebrated throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration featuring art, music and dance of from across the globe, hosted by Logan Lu.

Scheduled Entertainment

Performances by

  • Planeta Azul and Passisitas Dancers
  • La Tosca
  • Latin Street Dancing
  • Four Star Brass Band
  • JoeSounds Caribbean Band
  • Mas Bands: Team Jamaica United and The Regulators


More to See and Do

Make a day of your visit to Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration! 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 International Carnivale 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. 

Global Connections: Holi

Free Public Program

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 1:00 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

Color Throwing in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Come participate in this colorful Holi tradition! Colored powder available 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

  • Red Baraat (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • Funkadesi (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • Surahbi Ensemble (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • DJ Krush (Miller Lite Beer Garden)

Dance Performances

    • Mandala Arts (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • Bollywood Groove (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • Ishti (Aon Grand Ballroom)
  • Peirce Elementary School (Aon Grand Ballroom)

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. 

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