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Things for Teens

Navy Pier is one of the best spots for Chicagoland families, but did you know it’s also great for teenagers? Grab your gang and head to the Pier for a fun after-school destination or weekend plan.

Friends snap a quick selfie in the Crystal Gardens


Snap an Instagram-worthy selfie at the Pier’s many photogenic spots, including the Centennial Wheel, Odyssey Cruise, Crystal Gardens and the top of the West Garage. 

A family refuel with burgers and drinks at Billy Goat Tavern


Teenagers love delicious food like pizza, tacos and ice cream (who doesn’t?!). Navy Pier offers a variety of spots to grab a delicious bite. Try a tasty cheeseburger at Billy Goat Tavern, Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza at Giordano’s, Chicago style hot dogs from America’s Dog & Burger, and cap it off with a sweet ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s.

An aerial view of the Pier on a sunny day with the Chicago skyline


Teens can unwind and have fun after a day at school at Pier Park! Pier Park attractions include the Centennial Wheel, Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more. The Wheel is also climate-controlled and year-round so it’s great any time of year!

The Seadog takes passengers on a spin across the lake


Your teen can use Navy Pier as their launch pad for exploring all of the city! Whether it’s by land, water or air, departing tours from the Pier are available for guests, including Chicago Big Bus Tours, Vertiport Helicopter Tours and a variety of Architecture River Tours. Teens may also rent bicycles for self-guided exploration on the lakefront.

A collection of colorful socks at This Socks


Navy Pier and the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion have taken the art of shopping in Chicago to the next level. Teens can purchase souvenirs and apparel at Chicago Sport & Novelty, Navy Pier Store, the Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop and more.


Post your best photo with your friends at the Pier and post it with #NavyPier for a chance to be featured on our social media channels. Don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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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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