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Jul. 10, 2024

Know-Before-You-Go Travel Guide: Navy Pier

Explore this comprehensive travel guide detailing essential information before visiting Navy Pier

Whether it’s your first time at the Pier or your 100th time, here is a travel guide to reference before visiting Navy Pier.

The People’s Pier

Embraced as “The People’s Pier,” Navy Pier Chicago extends a warm invitation to all guests with free entrance onto the Pier itself. Enjoy a variety of vibrant experiences, including free programming and events that enrich every visit.

See Navy Pier Chicago from the water

Looking to go sightseeing or learn more about the city of Chicago? Book a boat cruise with our vast selection of cruise lines before you arrive. Navy Pier is one of the best places in the city for Chicago boat tours. Options include architecture tours, thrilling speedboat rides, private charters, holiday cruises, and dining experiences like brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises.

Experience Lake Michigan in a way you never have before. Explore the boat tours and cruises on our website.

Plan your stay at the Sable Hotel

Traveling from out of town? Enjoy ultimate comfort and top-notch service with stunning views from the heart of Chicago at the Sable Hotel, right on the Pier. Stay the night, dine at Lirica, and sip cocktails at Offshore Rooftop. Experience comfort, hospitality, and service at the Sable Hotel.

Book your stay here.

Book an adventure with Flyover

Looking to try something new? Visit the brand-new Flyover experience. See the city of Chicago in the all-new way through an exhilarating flying journey, soaring through the entire city in under 10 minutes.

See our website for hours of operation. Buy tickets ahead of time here, or learn more about Flyover here.

Buy tickets to the Shakespeare Theatre

The Pier is home to the world-famous, Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, offering a diverse array of shows including “Corduroy” and “Lord of the Rings.” The theatre provides performances suitable for all ages, with daily showings at multiple times throughout the day.

Buy your tickets ahead of time here.

Buy tickets to the Children’s Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum offers a dynamic environment where children can play and learn in innovative ways. Through interactive exhibits designed to foster experimentation and creativity, kids embark on a journey of discovery, exploring everything with hands-on science displays and creative workshops. Uncover the joy of learning through play firsthand at the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Click here to view hours of operations. Book tickets for you and your kids here.

Make reservations at one of our various restaurants

From Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville to Chef Art Smith’s Reunion, Navy Pier Chicago offers a dining experience to suit every palate. Indulge in Chicago’s renowned deep-dish pizza at Giordano’s, savor Latin-inspired dishes at Bar Sol Mariscos, or enjoy American classics in a lively sports setting at Harry Caray’s Tavern.

Whether you’re craving comfort food or adventurous flavors, Navy Pier promises a memorable culinary journey for all. See menu selections and make reservations here.

Learn more

Dive into a sea of adventures at Navy Pier! From thrilling rides to delicious eats, there’s something for everyone. Navy Pier has numerous adventures at your disposal. Learn more on our website, or plan your adventure at Navy Pier Chicago using this map from our website.

Take a thrilling ride on the Seadog.

Bring your kids for a day at the Children's Museum.

Get a slice of deep dish at Giordano's on Navy Pier.


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