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Top 10 Things to Take Advantage of Before Summer Ends

Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination is closing up for the fall after Labor Day. That means you only have a few weeks left to enjoy everything Navy Pier has to offer! From date night to a day out with friends, there’s always a reason to stop by.

Start checking items off your summer bucket list all in one place. With free summer events, tons of restaurants, exciting boat tours, and Instagrammable views, a day at Navy Pier is just what summer ordered.

10 Things to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

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Movies and Chill

1. Water Flicks

Water Flicks ends soon! If you love movies in the park, this is the event for you. Enjoy relaxing on our socially distanced lawn circles that accommodates large and small group sizes. The last movie will be on August 24th. Catch the last of our outdoor movie series to make summer complete.

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Wave Wall Moves

Move to the Beat

2. Wave Wall Moves

Wave Wall Moves is a weekly event on Saturdays through August 29th that features dance performances from rotating dance companies in front of the Wave Wall. Chicago Tap Theatre will be ending the season with a performance you won’t want to miss! You can even grab a drink from Margaritaville right next to the wall as you watch the performance.

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Beats, Brews and Views

3. Live on the Lake!

Live music lovers should mark their calendars for Live on the Lake! This free concert series at the Miller Lite Beer Garden features local favorites, national touring acts and exciting new artists on Saturdays now through Labor Day. Enjoying a beer and live music with the backdrop of the beautiful Chicago skyline makes for a great date night or night out with friends!

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Romance on the Water

4. Dinner Cruises

Odyssey’s Lake Michigan Dinner Cruises are a must for anyone looking for a romantic date night out. This 2-3 hour cruise serves up a delicious, seasonally inspired three-course plated dinner with unmatched views of the skyline.

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Discover the City's Beauty

5. Architecture Cruise

For architecture lovers and history buffs, Shoreline Sightseeing has the boat tour for you! Choose from one of their engaging and informational tours to take in the sights and history of this great city without having to walk miles to do it.

The Seadog takes passengers on a spin across the lake

Splash through the Lake

6. Seadog Cruises

Seadog Cruises has something for everyone, but their Thrill Rides have to be the most talked about. This high-speed, action-filled lakefront speedboat tour is paired with informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline so you can learn while adventuring!

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Shop & Support Local

7. Neighborhood Artisan Market

Navy Pier's Neighborhood Artisan Market is an amazing opportunity to shop local artists and find new favorites and one-of-a-kind collectables for your home. This market has artists from all over Chicago and gives you an opportunity to learn about our various neighborhoods without leaving the Pier. This market is open now through August 30th.

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Tasty bites for everyone

8. Food Options

There are restaurant options for just about anything you have a craving for. Stop by Chicago classics like Harry Caray’s and Billy Goat Tavern or enjoy some delectable seafood at Riva Crabhouse to name just a few!

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Sip n' Stroll

9. Take Your Drink To-Go

Grab a drink and take a walk! Yes, you can walk down the Pier with your favorite drink in hand. There are bars all along the way so you can start with a beer from Harry Caray’s, grab a refill at Margaritaville, and fill up your cup again when you take a break at the Miller Lite Beer Garden. The views from Offshore Rooftop are something you won’t want to miss so make sure to make your way to the end of the Pier to enjoy it!

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Do it for the 'Gram

Step up your Instagram game! You’ve probably seen people sharing the Wave Wall Staircase and Crystal Gardens, but did you know that you can get amazing city shots from Offshore Rooftop & Bar, the North Dock promenade, and 7th floor West Parking Garage too? Plus, Xurro, Rainbow Cone, Snow Dragon Shavery and many more restaurants have food options that will look so good on your feed!

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It’s sad to say, but summer won’t last forever. The good news is that you can still make the most of it with day trips, evenings, and weekends at Navy Pier!

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About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2020, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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