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Posted on Friday, 28 May 2021

History of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier

The Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of Chicago’s skyline, as well as the city’s history. Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Ferris Wheel or how the current Wheel got to Navy Pier? Read on and next time you visit, you can impress all your friends and family with the inside scoop!

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Posted on Friday, 28 May 2021

Our Favorite Spots to Watch the World Go By

Some days you just want to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. Navy Pier, from its green spaces and outdoor attractions to restaurants and boats, offers many ways to kick back and take in the views. Head to the Pier with a group or friends or just for some solo self-care time!

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Posted on Friday, 28 May 2021

Where To Take The Most Instagrammable Photos

Navy Pier, from its lakefront location to restaurants, cruises and attractions, has many spots throughout worthy of the ‘gram. If you are visiting the Pier, make sure to pose for a photo or two at one of these Instagrammable spots.

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Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021

The Pier Pledge

As the People’s Pier, we pledge to always prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our staff, partners and guests. We will continue to do everything in our power to make each individual feel safe and comfortable while visiting Navy Pier.

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Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021

5 Stunning Sunset Views from the Centennial Wheel

On your next visit to Navy Pier, be sure to make a trip to Pier Park for a ride on the iconic and year-round Centennial Wheel. At nearly 200-feet, the soaring city and lake views are one of a kind. Whether you are visiting with a group of friends, family or on a romantic date, it is an awesome experience.

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Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021

Welcome Home, Chicago

We are excited to join many other local Chicago businesses and institutions reopening for guests again. We’ve always been The People’s Pier, and it just hasn’t been the same here on the Pier without, well, people!

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Posted on Tuesday, 18 August 2020

End of Summer Family-Friendly Bucket List

Whether you’re looking for a day trip away from the house or you’re coming into the city for a longer getaway, you’ll want to plan at least a half day at Navy Pier. Make sure to add these to your summer bucket list before it’s too late! 

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Posted on Monday, 17 August 2020

Navy Pier: Creating Mission-Driven Public Programming

Creating nearly 250 free public programs on an annual basis is no easy feat. With so many programs throughout the year, Navy Pier creates multiple engagement opportunities for donors and partners of all types.

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Navy Pier: The Guest Experience Story

Navy Pier, serves all of Chicagoland and provides more than 250 free arts and culture programs annually. The Pier also employs nearly 500 part‐time or seasonal Guest Experience team members to support these and its many other efforts. 

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About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

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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600 E. GRAND AVENUE
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