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Woman in Trees Reaching Out at Navy Pier's Garden of Decay

Sep. 22, 2023 | Captivating Halloween Journey of Immersive Theater, Art Installations, & VIP Upgrades

Navy Pier Presents New Halloween Event: “Garden of Decay” an Immersive Halloween Experience

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CHICAGO— Get ready for an unforgettable Halloween adventure as Navy Pier introduces the “Garden of Decay,” starting on Friday, Oct. 13. This brand-new Halloween event is a unique and immersive experience, guiding guests through a narrative-led, haunt-style walk-through that explores the depths of emotion and celebrates the magic of art and storytelling. Join us as we uncover the gripping tale of a grieving botanist’s desperate quest for resurrection, led by captivating audio narration and handcrafted art installations.

Following this spine-tingling adventure, prepare to step into the “Garden of reCreation.” Here, you’ll encounter interactive art, themed vendors offering unique treasures, botanical-inspired cocktails to delight your taste buds, and late-night entertainment that promises to make this Halloween at Navy Pier an experience like no other.

Tickets start at $42 before taxes. Click here to purchase tickets. For group ticketing or private party inquiries, please contact .

Event Details:

  • Date: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 (with possible additional dates)
  • Time: 6pm – midnight
  • Age Restrictions: Select times during the event are family-friendly, while the atmosphere transforms into an 18 and up experience as night falls. View our website for more information.

Note: All activities, times, and dates are subject to change. All food, beverages and merchandise are sold separately.



Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continued to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and thrilling additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue providing free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit




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