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May. 15, 2020

Fishermen’s Guide to Navy Pier

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One of the hidden gems of Navy Pier is that guests can fish – for free! – on Lake Michigan. Grab your fishing line, hook and worms and head to the Pier for a fun fishing outing with remarkable lakefront and city views.

Tips & Tricks

Fish along the North Dock of Navy Pier and arrive early to enjoy sunrise views as you fish for Chicago’s perch, salmon, bass and trout. As Lake Michigan does not begin to freeze until January, this is a great activity through the fall. Relax with friends, family and other fishers at Navy Pier and expand your community. Navy Pier is also one of the top spots for catching perch, so you won’t want to miss it! For a behind-the-scenes look, check out some of these YouTube videos featuring fishing outings at Navy Pier from local fishers.

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Fisherman’s Parking Rate

Between 5 – 10 a.m. every day, guests who present their valid fishing license and Navy Pier parking ticket will receive validated parking for $6 for great savings.

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What to Do After Fishing

Make a day of it at the Pier and explore the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion or ride the year-round, climate-controlled Centennial Wheel. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat, shop and visit one of our cultural attractions like Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Other Resources

Please visit Chicago Park District’s website for a full list of fishing areas in the city.


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