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4 Hidden Gems at Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is full of hidden gems and surprises. From places to eat to shops to explore, we’ve rounded up four spots at Navy Pier you might not have checked out yet. Read below and make sure to stop by on your next visit to the Pier. We bet you will be able to explore the Pier and find even more hidden gems that aren't included.


A caricature artist captures the features of two guests at Navy Pier


Faces in Focus is a premiere caricature and face painting destination, located conveniently in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. Founder and award-winning artist Lothar Speer and a team of talented illustrators and artists capture guests on paper through portraits, silhouettes, caricatures and face painting art. Faces in Focus is available for individual and group sittings, as well as surprise engagement drawings. They’ve even been featured on local and national TV, including the “Steve Harvey Show.”

A large collection of magnets, keychains and more at Magnetic Attraction


Magnetic Attraction features a large variety of collectible magnets, key chains and other items. Browse the biggest selection of magnets in the Midwest at Navy Pier! Whether it’s for a fridge accessory or a stocking stuffer, you’ll be sure to find something great and unique at Magnetic Attraction.

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The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop

At The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop, you will find items from local, creative artists for a true Chicago shopping experience. Their mission is to create a community where Chicago artists and neighborhoods can showcase their works. It’s a great place to support local and give back to the city we all love and Navy Pier calls home.

Nuts, nuts & more nuts - packaged varieties from Completely Nuts


If you are in need of a snack after all that shopping, stop by Completely Nuts for delicious roasted almonds, cashews, pecans and peanuts. Each batch is roasted to perfection in copper kettles using fresh ground cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. No oils or preservatives are used in the cooking process, ensuring the best products, gourmet flavor and maximum freshness. Yum!


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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 2021, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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