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From the Centennial Wheel and Pier Park attractions to consumer shows, galas, and festivals, there’s always something exciting to do at Navy Pier! Buy tickets to upcoming events and attractions here. 

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Ticketed Events

Daily Big Bus Chicago Tours

Learn more about Big Bus Chicago sightseeing tours, departing daily from Navy Pier.

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Learn more about Big Bus Chicago sightseeing tours, departing daily from Navy Pier.

Chicago Children’s Museum: Very Eric Carle

Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books!

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Very Eric Carle is a play-and-learn exhibit featuring activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider. In this exhibit, you can:

– Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path
– Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
– Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly
– Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
– Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
– Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s Very Series as well as works in progress

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Odyssey Thanksgiving Day Cruises

Afternoon lunch and dinner cruises available!

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Try something different this November and retreat to the water for a Thanksgiving meal with a view. Odyssey makes it easy for families and friends to spend time together connecting with scenic views of the city without frantically preparing for guests.

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Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

December 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

Festival Hall

Experience the city’s biggest and best indoor winter playground and join the millions of families who have made it a part of their annual holiday tradition!

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Packed with family fun, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is a beloved annual Chicago winter event, featuring 170,000 square feet of carnival rides, giant slides, holiday-themed activities, and Indoor Ice Skating Rink, and more. Experience the city’s biggest and best indoor winter playground and join the millions of families who have made it a part of their annual holiday tradition! 

Learn more at navypier.org/winter-wonderfest.

Santa Hustle Chicago 5K After Party

Join us at Navy Pier for the Santa Hustle 5K and Kids Rudolph Run After Party!

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Experience the magic of the Santa Hustle Chicago 5K and Rudolph Run on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Soldier Field. The 2017 swag is bound to make your jingle tingle even brighter with a Santa Hat, Santa Beard, Santa Shirt, Finisher Medal, Cookies, Candy and Candy Cane Socks!

After the race, buses will shuttle runners to Navy Pier for a rocking after party offering dining, discounts, fun and more!

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Odyssey Christmas Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise

December 24, 2017

Odyssey Christmas Eve Champagne Brunch Cruise

12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Odyssey

Board: 12:15pm | Cruise: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on Lake Michigan. This December, get more for the most wonderful season aboard Odyssey. Indulge in fine dining, festive music and fabulous views in the perfect place to celebrate.

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Odyssey Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Dinner Cruise

December 24, 2017

Odyssey Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Dinner Cruise

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Odyssey

Board: 6:00pm | Cruise: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on Lake Michigan. This December, get more for the most wonderful season aboard Odyssey. Explore a prix five menu along with festive music and fabulous views you’ll never forget.

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Mystic Blue Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise

December 30, 2017

Mystic Blue Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mystic Blue

Board: 6:00 pm | Cruise: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Raise your glass to the year ahead and ring in 2018 aboard Mystic Blue! Take one last night to let loose before kicking into high gear on your New Year’s resolutions. Try delicious holiday bites and sip champagne before the clock strikes midnight.

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Odyssey New Year’s Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise

Board: 6:00pm | Cruise: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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Join us when we ring in the New Year aboard Odyssey’s New Year’s Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise, and savor the first wonderful moments of 2018 with a cruise you’ll always remember. Sip champagne and delight in the flavors of the season before bidding farewell to another exceptional year.

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Spirit of Chicago New Years Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise

Board: 6:00pm | Cruise: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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Be on board when we count down to 2018 and ring in the New Year aboard Spirit of Chicago! Resolutions can wait. Come cruise for one last hurrah on Lake Michigan. Indulge in our delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on another fabulous year.

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Spirit of Chicago New Years Eve Family Brunch Cruise

Board: 11:00am | Cruise: 11:30am – 1:30pm

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Be on board when we count down to 2018 and ring in the New Year aboard Spirit of Chicago! Resolutions can wait. Come cruise for one last hurrah on Lake Michigan. Indulge in our delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on another fabulous year.

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Odyssey New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Board: 8:30pm | Cruise: 9:30pm – 12:30am

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Join us when we ring in the New Year aboard Odyssey, and savor the first wonderful moments of 2018 with a cruise you’ll always remember. Sip champagne and delight in the flavors of the season before bidding farewell to another exceptional year.

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Spirit of Chicago New Years Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Board: 8:30pm | Cruise: 9:30pm – 12:30am

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Be on board when we count down to 2018 and ring in the New Year aboard Spirit of Chicago! Resolutions can wait. Come cruise for one last hurrah on Lake Michigan. Indulge in our delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on another fabulous year.

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Crystal Gardens New Years Eve

December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Crystal Gardens New Years Eve

Crystal Gardens

Celebrate New Years Eve in the Crystal Gardens!
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

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From the same group that brought you New Year’s Eve at The Crystal Gardens the last 11 years, comes the biggest SCENE and be SEEN New Year’s Eve party in Chicago! This is one event that you’ll definitely not want to miss so make sure to get your Early Bird tickets while you still can! Chicago’s one of the top-notch destinations in the country for New Year’s Eve. If you thought it was all about NYC, think again. This year, there’s only one highly anticipated event that’s been garnering a majority of the attention in the Country and it’s located at the BEST NYE venue in the World. Chicago’s Best DJs will spin all of your favorite Top 40, Pop, Hip-Hop, Mash-Ups & House! For table reservations & more info please call 312-560-4422 or email crystalgardensnye@gmail.com.

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The 6th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala

Must be 21 years or older.
8:15 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

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Celebrate your Chicago New Year’s Eve with an event that’s been pleasing families in Chicago for over five years. Book your tickets to the 6th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala and celebrate your night at the Grand Ballroom this year! The Resolution Gala is the top Chicago New Year’s Eve party going down this year. Every year up to 3,000 guests gather inside of the Grand Ballroom to ring in their New Year. Celebrate your night with food, drinks, a top live DJ, and the perfect intro to 2018 in Chicago!

Fantasea Ball Aboard Chicago Elite

December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Fantasea Ball Aboard Chicago Elite

Navy Pier

Your Chicago New Year’s Cruise aboard the Chicago Elite Yacht
Board: 8:00 pm | Cruise: 9:00pm – 12:30am

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Celebrate your Chicago New Year’s on board the beautiful Chicago Elite yacht this year. Set sail through the Windy City and take in views of the city skyline with music and drinks all night long. Party the year away with your friends as we treat you to an experience like no other. Check out what your Chicago New Year’s cruise has in store and book your tickets on board today!

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Odyssey New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Monday, January 1
Board: 12:15 pm | Cruise: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Join us when we ring in the New Year aboard Odyssey, and savor the first wonderful moments of 2018 with a cruise you’ll always remember. Sip champagne and delight in the flavors of the season before bidding farewell to another exceptional year.

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Shows

IMAX® Presents: Justice League

Based on the DC comics superhero team.

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

For tickets to see Justice League in IMAX®, click HERE.

Red Velvet

December 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Red Velvet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

CST’s Courtyard Theater

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Gary Griffin

The director of last fall’s “must-see” King Charles III helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called “fiery and funny” by Time Out New York. In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in Othello. He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge—a first for the role on London’s West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright.

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IMAX® Presents Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

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Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

For tickets to see The Last Jedi in IMAX, click HERE.

Mary Stuart

February 21, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Mary Stuart

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Two extraordinary women clash in a power play over the right to rule. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her jailed cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, accused of treason.

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
In a new version by Peter Oswald
Directed by Jenn Thompson

One will rule. One will fall. Two extraordinary women clash in a power play over the right to rule. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her jailed cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, accused of treason. After a single, clandestine meeting where both women’s ambitions are unmasked, the fate of two countries is decided. Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of The Actors Company Theater, (named “Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal during her tenure), stages Peter Oswald’s electrifying take on this fascinating drama.

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Chicago Heroes Event

March 3, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Chicago Heroes Event

Festival Hall B

A once in a lifetime experience for fans to meet their favorite celebrities from the hit NBC series, “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “Chicago Med!”

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March 3: Main Event – 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday VIP Party – 7:30pm-9:30pm
March 4: Main Event – 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday Funday Party – 6:00pm-9:00pm

A once in a lifetime experience for fans to meet their favorite celebrities from the hit NBC series, “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “Chicago Med.” Come spend a day or the weekend rubbing elbows with celebrity guests such as Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Torrey DeVitto, Jon Seda, Marina Squerciati, Joe Minoso and more. This is your chance to take photos, get autographs or have a private meet and greet with your favorite actor.

You can purchase daily or weekend admission passes to the event along with the option to buy photo ops, autographs, meet and greets and more by visiting our website. We can’t wait to see you in March!

Macbeth

April 25, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Macbeth

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

The famed creators behind CST’s sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on “the Scottish play.” Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller’s and Posner’s wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

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Waiting for Godot

May 23, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Waiting for Godot

Ireland’s prestigious Druid Theatre is back with an enthralling new interpretation of Beckett’s seminal work.

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
A World’s Stage Production from Ireland
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Garry Hynes

Ireland’s prestigious Druid Theatre is back with an enthralling new interpretation of Beckett’s seminal work. In one on the most acclaimed plays of the 20th century, two friends wait at the end of the world for the arrival of the mysterious Godot. To pass the time, they debate life’s great unanswered questions, until two figures appear at dusk. Druid, recognized as one of the world’s greatest acting ensembles, returns after their previous CST engagements of The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Walworth Farce with this universally acclaimed production of Beckett’s classic.

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Attractions

Chicago Children’s Museum

Dig for bones on a dinosaur expedition. Scale a three-story schooner, from cargo hold to crow’s nest. Make a big splash in a squirting, pumping water playground (raincoats provided!). Tinker with real tools and materials in the ultimate DIY maker-space. Dress up as a firefighter, drive the truck and put out a “fire.” Paint, print, sew, sketch and sculpt in an authentic art studio. Construct a skyscraper, fish in a river, shop in grocery store and much more. Chicago Children’s Museum is three floors of fun for kids (ages 10 and under) and their families!

Big Bus Tours

Elevate your visit to Chicago with Big Bus Tours. Hop on for panoramic top-deck views of iconic skyscrapers and Lake Michigan, and hop off to explore institutions like Magnificent Mile, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. Flexible sightseeing in the Windy City is a breeze with Big Bus Chicago.

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Capture Chicago’s iconic sights with Big Bus Tours. Our open-top sightseeing buses grant you exceptional views of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Hop on the bus from any one of our 14 stops to take in panoramic sights. Our ‘Big Loop’ Red Route Tour showcases Chicago by day, with 14 stops conveniently located close to key landmarks and attractions. Hop on and off as much as you like to explore the sights and discover your own Chicago favorites. You can also choose between a 1-day, 2-day or 3-day ticket, allowing you to tailor your Chicago sightseeing experience to your own schedule.

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Centennial Wheel

Standard Ticket: $15
Groups of 20-50: $12

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Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of Chicago cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

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Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze

Squeezing, stomping, spinning… double over laughing… delightfully dizzy, twisting and turning — can you find your way out?

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Navigate your way through 4,000 square feet of interactive Funhouse effects. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1.5 million guests have gotten lost here.

Warning: While the Maze is not intended to be scary, there are sensory elements which may be too intense for some visitors. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Group Reservations may be made by calling: 312-595-5375 or via email: info@amazingchicago.com.

Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.

Carousel

Standard Ticket: $5

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The Carousel was designed exclusively for Navy Pier. It’s a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier’s golden age of the 1920s when a similar attraction delighted another generation of visitors. The carousel’s 36 hand-painted animals represent the different styles found throughout the history of carousels. Horses, chariots and a playful frog are just a few of the featured characters waiting to carry children of all ages. The hand-painted rounding boards at the top of the 44-foot carousel depict scenes of Navy Pier’s history.

You must be at least 42 inches tall to ride alone or be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.

Climbing Walls

Standard Ticket: $8

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls. Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.

Light Tower Ride

The Light Tower Ride is now closed for the 2017 season. Please check back soon in 2018 for updated information!

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The Light Tower Ride is now closed for the 2017 season. Please check back soon in 2018 for updated information!

Atomic Rush

Pick your color and then chase it around the game arena. The more you catch it, the more points you score. Be sure to bring your quick reflexes!

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Follow your color and score more points! The faster you go, the more you win! Atomic Rush is fun for everyone here at Navy Pier.

Located at the base of the Pepsi Wave Swinger, navigate and maneuver one of eight token-operated, remote control boats through the waters. This attraction requires tokens that can be purchased at the Remote Control Boats.

Remote Control Boats close one hour prior to the closing of Navy Pier and Pier Park.

Time Freak

Race against time to gather more points! Not only are you racing against other players, you’re racing agains the clock! This fun challenge is great for people of all ages.

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Time Freak is a thrilling race against time! Time Freak challenges players to compete against the clock while pushing buttons as they light up. The more buttons you push, the higher your score is. Time Freak is great for all ages.

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