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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

Chicago Baby Show
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018
Festival Hall B

Join us at the largest baby show for new and expectant parents!

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Join us at Navy Pier for the 2nd Annual Chicago Baby Show! It’s the largest baby show in the country for new and expectant families. No other event offers a broader range of brands, education, buying opportunities, and activities. This is a must-attend event if you are planning, expecting, or recently had a child!

About the Show

Chicago Baby Show at Navy Pier

In its size and quality–but mostly in the mix of all its special features–the Chicago Baby Show is a baby event like no other. And it’s also a great value. Tickets are $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

Through a combination of expert speakers (covering gear, parenting tips, safety, etc.), influencers (providing opinions on products and parenting), and entertainers to keep kids happy and engaged, the show’s content provides tremendous value to attendees.

Great Reasons to Attend

TOP BRANDS & GEAR 150+ top pregnancy, baby, toddler, and family brands from all over the world, as well as local goods and services. Brands include BabyBjörn, Babyletto, buybuy Baby, Chicco, Ergobaby, Evenflo Feeding, Maxi-Cosi, OXO, Stokke, Nuna, UPPAbaby and more! Click here to see brands exhibiting at the Show

SPEAKERS & SEMINARS There are so many good speakers and experts in the baby industry. Get answers to your pregnancy, baby, and parenting questions. To learn more about the other speakers click here.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Kiddie entertainers will perform throughout the weekend, offering new parents and little ones moments of joy and bonding.

STROLLER TEST TRACK Our unique test track allows parent to “test drive” a variety of top-brand strollers on real world obstacles including gravel, grass, bumps, gates, cobblestone, and street grates.

CLASSES Try one of the many baby and parent classes/concerts at the show. Learn new skills and songs while bonding with your baby.

NURSING LOUNGES Located in quiet, comfortable spots throughout the Show, these serve as havens for mothers to feed and pump at their convenience.

CHANGING STATIONS Our changing stations are complete with outstanding products and are conveniently spread throughout the Show.

MOTHER & MATERNITY LOUNGE A restful spot apart from the busy show floor to relax, feed and change your baby, and meet other expectant and new moms

DADS’ LOUNGE An oasis of support, information, and encouragement for dads run by the legendary City Dads Group.

BIG GIVEAWAYS You can expect there to be great raffles and giveaways at the Show. All attendees are automatically registered to win great prizes like the Babyletto Dream Nursery, the Everything Baby Giveaway, Ultimate Stroller Giveaway, and other great items.

This year’s show is larger than ever and promises to be fun for the whole family!

Special Offer

Chicago Baby Show at Navy Pier

Navy Pier guests can purchase tickets at a 50% discount! Click HERE to get this discounted offer.
This offer is for a limited time only so act now! Valid for new registrants only. Cannot be combined with other offers.

For additional information on the show, visit our website here.

The Great American Lobster Fest®

Free Public Program

Friday, August 31, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
Aon Grand Ballroom

Join us Labor Day weekend for the largest seafood and lobster festival in the Midwest!

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The Great American Lobster Fest® is the Midwest’s largest seafood and lobster festival, returning to Chicago’s legendary Navy Pier Labor Day weekend, August 31–September 2, 2018! General Admission to the event is FREE, otherwise Lobster Meals and VIP experiences are ticketed here.

Join us for summer’s last hurrah, where you can enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages. What’s not to love?

The Great American Lobster Fest® will take place on the Pier’s east end, in and around the Aon Grand Ballroom. Should it rain, there is plenty of covered space inside for advance purchase Lobster Meal ticket holders and VIP ticket holders.

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Live Musical Performances

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Smiley Tillmon Band – 5:30pm

Rico! A Tribute to Santana (pictured) – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 1, 2018

School of Rock – 12:00pm

Bassel & The Superaturals – 1:30pm

Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective – 5:30pm

The 17th Floor (Pictured) – 8:00pm

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Buffalo Rose – 1:00pm

South of Disorder (A tribute to Jimmy Buffett) – 3:00pm

Free Fallin’ (A tribute to Tom Petty) (pictured) – 5:30pm

EXPO CHICAGO
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018
Festival Hall

Opening the fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO hosts leading international art galleries presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture.

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Each September, EXPO CHICAGO opens the fall art season at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its seventh edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 135 leading galleries, including 3,000 artists representing over 20 countries. The exposition offers a dynamic roster of programming including panel discussions, uniquely curated site-specific projects, cutting-edge film and new media work, curator-led tours, and special exhibitions by renowned institutions.

EXPO CHICAGO welcomes you to experience the best in contemporary art!

September in Chicago. Be here.
@expochicago | #expochicago

Hours

Friday, September 28 | 11:00am–7:00pm
Saturday, September 29 | 11:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, September 30 | 11:00am–6:00pm

For tickets and information, visit expochicago.com

Special EXPO Chicago Ticket Offer

Purchase tickets to EXPO CHICAGO at a reduced rate! Visit expochicago.com/tickets and use discount code “NAVY PIER” at checkout.

Witches Night Out
Friday, October 19, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aon Grand Ballroom

Witches Night Out is a costume party charity event for women 21 years and older who want to make a difference in other women’s lives!

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Witches Night Out is a costume party charity event for women 21 years and older who want to make a difference in other women’s lives. Witches Night Out donates proceeds to local 501c3 agencies catering to women and/or children in need.

Activities include music & entertainment, dancing, food, shopping, psychic readings, costume contests, and much more! Purchase tickets

Witches Night Out Chicago 2018 will donate proceeds to charities in the Chicago Area. The 2018 recipient agency will be the Fusion Project. Learn more about the Fusion Project at www.Fusion4girls.org.

Ticketed 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

Multiple ticket options available. Buy online and save!

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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.

The Centennial Wheel is open year-round, weather permitting. No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views. Illinois residents, plan your visit on Mondays between November 1 and March 31 to take advantage of special seasonal pricing.

Buy Centennial Wheel Tickets Online

Guests can purchase tickets online or at the Navy Pier Park box office.* See below for ticket options.

 

Individual Tickets
Adults – Special Online Price $16 Buy Online and Save
Adults – Box Office Price $18 Walk-up only
Military* $15 Walk-up only
Children (ages 3-11)- Special Online Price $13 Buy Online and Save
Children (ages 3-11) – Box Office Price $15 Walk-up only
Children (ages 0-2) Free Walk-up only

 

Upgraded Experiences
Private Premium Wheel Experience (Up To Four Guests) $125 Buy Now
The Premium Wheel experience includes admission for up to four guests to board the VIP gondola, featuring plush seating and trademark glass bottom, plus other premium perks. Ideal for celebrating special occasions!
Centennial Wheel Fast Pass $30 Buy Now
Jump to the front of the line with a Centennial Wheel Fast Pass. 
Art Institute of Chicago Combo Ticket $39 Buy Now
Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring two of Chicago’s most iconic destinations. This combo ticket includes one (1) individual adult Centennial Wheel admission and one (1) individual adult general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Illinois Resident Rates** (Mondays — Nov. 1 – Mar 31)
Adults** $13 Walk-up only on Mondays
Military** $11 Walk-up only on Mondays
Children (ages 3-11)** $11 Walk-up only on Mondays
Children (ages 0-2) Free Walk-up only
**Illinois Resident Rates in effect Mondays — November 1 through March 31. To claim, guest must present valid photo ID at the Pier Park box office. Military discount available to United States active duty service members.

 

*On certain peak attendance dates, such as the 4th of July, online tickets may not be available for purchase. Ticket prices for Navy Pier Park rides include the 9% City of Chicago Amusement Tax.

 

Group Tickets (20+ guests)
Centennial Wheel Single Ride (20-50 guests) $13-$15 Buy Now
*Navy Pier offers special rates on a wide variety of attractions and activities, as well as dining packages, for groups of 20 or more guests. To learn more about all group options, contact Group Sales.

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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.

Pepsi Wave Swinger®

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9

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Soar through the air on the Pepsi Wave Swinger!

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Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Pepsi Wave Swinger and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Carousel

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower: $9 total

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For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park!

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.

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Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Climbing Walls

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls.

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Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Light Tower

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower (Adult/Child): $9 total

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A thrill for all ages! For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park!

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Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Light Tower and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

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.

Remote Control Boats

Purchase tokens on-site only

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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.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Remote Control Boats other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

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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