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Beers at the Pier

Imagine this: It’s a beautiful, sunny, not-too-hot summer day in Chicago. You’re taking a walk and enjoying the cool breeze off of Lake Michigan with a cold drink in your hand. Doesn’t the skyline look beautiful?

If this sounds like a dream you can get behind, then why aren’t you at  Navy Pier right now? The Pier offers a stretch of walkway that’s perfect for strolling and taking in the sights. The bonus benefit of walking the whole way to the East End Plaza with your drink of choice in hand and being able to grab refills along the way makes this one relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

That’s right, Navy Pier allows open containers on its property and with so many places to stop for a beverage, you can turn an afternoon into your own personal pub crawl!

A group of friends enjoy drinks and food at Harry Carray's

Harry Caray's

Kick off your walk with a stop at Harry Caray’s and choose from their amazing selection of local craft beers featuring hard to find gems as well as popular favorites. If you’re hungry, at a seat at their unbeatable lakefront patio and enjoy some outstanding smoked barbecue. Did we mention that the patio is dog-friendly? Don’t get too comfy though, we’re only just getting started!

A bar and seated tables ready to receive customers at Margaritaville


You won’t have to travel very far for your next pit-stop. If you love chill island vibes and cold drafts, take a pause at Margaritaville to fill up your cup and take a few minutes to admire the skyline. The views from their outdoor patio are perfect for enjoying the lake or people watching!

Three flavor varieties of Dippin' Dots

Dippin' Dots

Need a break from the heat? Swing by Dippin’ Dots for a cold treat in between taking the perfect Instagram shot on the wave wall stairs! Then mosey on down to grab your next beverage.

A couple enjoys a beer on a sunny day

Navy Pier Beer Garden

As you make your way to the East End Plaza you’ll be met with the Navy Pier Beer Garden. This expansive beer garden is a great place to stop and relax with an ice cold beer. From here, you’re almost at the farthest point where you’ll really be able to take in the city like nowhere else. Grab your beer to go and walk around the corner to the end of the pier where you can experience 360 degree views of Lake Michigan!

If you’re concerned about crowds, Navy Pier has so many locations to spread out that you can take your beverage and move to another spot at any time. Grab some friends and end your day downtown with your own personal pub crawl. Wander to the end and experience a more secluded and peaceful place to take in the city. There’s so much to discover, take a stroll to the end of Navy Pier and find out what you’ve been missing this whole time!

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About Navy Pier

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 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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