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Visiting Navy Pier

Where is Navy Pier located?

Navy Pier is located between Illinois and Grand Avenue at 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

What are Navy Pier’s operating hours?

Navy Pier opens daily at 10 a.m. but closing times vary by season. Navy Pier is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. See our Hours & Admission. Posted operating hours apply to most retail shops, food court, attractions, Centennial Wheel and outdoor amusement rides.

We encourage Navy Pier visitors to contact full-service restaurants, dining cruises, sightseeing boats and theaters regarding their extended operating hours.

Does Navy Pier charge an admission fee?

There is no admission fee to enter Navy Pier. Attractions and public shows within Navy Pier may have admission prices, and current pricing can be obtained from each individual attraction’s box office or website.

What is Navy Pier’s Youth Escort Policy?

Navy Pier’s Youth Escort policy is in effect Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for patrons under the age of 18. Click here for details.

What types of restaurants are located on Navy Pier?

Navy Pier offers a variety of sit-down restaurants and a food court to satisfy any palate. Navigate to the menu and browse under EAT for a listing of full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, food court and seasonal dining options.

Does Navy Pier have Wi-Fi available to the public?

Yes, at certain points on the Pier. Navy Pier currently provides free Wi-Fi access in the food court seating area, in the new food experience and inside the Crystal Gardens. The interiors of the Aon Grand Ballroom and Festival Hall also have Wi-Fi access that can be established for meeting and trade show attendees on an event basis. Please contact your event planner or show management for more details.

Does Navy Pier have designated hand sanitizing stations?

Yes, Navy Pier has various hand sanitizing locations available for public use throughout the Pier. Download this map for a complete view of all accessible locations.

When are the fireworks shows?

The Aon Summer Fireworks are every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Additional shows may be added throughout the year. Click here for the full Fireworks schedule.

What discounts or promotions are available?

Visit the Special Offers page for a full listing of discounts and promotions.

Are dogs allowed on Navy Pier?

Navy Pier typically allows leashed dogs in outdoor common areas only, unless signs dictate otherwise. Only service animals are permitted inside Navy Pier. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

Does Navy Pier have lockers?

Yes; a limited number of lockers are available in the Family Pavilion, near Entrance 1, and near Entrance 2. Lockers may be rented with a credit card and cost $7 for standard (13”x8”x17”); $10 for extra-large (22”x14”x21”); and $15 for jumbo (22”x14”x29”).

Does Navy Pier provide stroller rentals?

There are no stroller rentals at this time.

I am bringing a group to Navy Pier. How can I find out more information about any available group discounts?

Navy Pier offers groups of 20 or more discounted tickets to the Ferris Wheel and outdoor rides in Pier Park as well as Navy Pier-produced events including Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. Other benefits exclusive to groups include Food Court Certificates. Contact a Group Sales representative at 1-312-595-5200 or groupsales@navypier.org. For more information, click here.

I would like to request brochures for my organization. How can I do this?

Please email navypierinfo@navypier.org to request brochures.

How do I report or claim lost property?

The Lost and Found reporting location is the Guest Services desk directly inside the west front entry doors to Navy Pier. Please note that many tenant locations within the Pier maintain their own lost and found collection area. If you have an idea of where you were at the time of your loss, it’s always best to check first with that location before going to the Guest Services desk.

Navy Pier has partnered with Chicago tech startup crowdfind to digitize the lost and found process. Search through the virtual lost and found bin, a visual inventory of found items. If you cannot locate your lost property, submit a general claim to make Navy Pier staff aware the item is missing. All tangible items will be held for 90 days, at which time it is donated to charity if unclaimed. Access the virtual lost and found.

Is Navy Pier owned by the City of Chicago?

No. Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier as a historic public landmark and to facilitate the redevelopment of Navy Pier in accordance with reform legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2010 (Public Acts 096-0898 and 096-0899).

I am working on a research paper/school project about Navy Pier. Where can I go for more information?

We receive a large number of requests for information in connection with student projects, and unfortunately, cannot respond to each one individually. We suggest reading Navy Pier’s history or contacting the Chicago History Museum for information on Navy Pier that dates prior to 1995.

How many people visit Navy Pier every year?

Nearly 9.3 million people visited Navy Pier in 2016, making it the most visited attraction in Illinois and the Midwest.

How many people from Chicago visit Navy Pier every year?

More than 60% of visitors to Navy Pier live in the City of Chicago or the greater Chicago metropolitan area.* In 2013, this totaled upwards of 5.34 million visitors from the Chicagoland area who have visited Navy Pier, or about 67% of the 7.95 million people living in the city or surrounding suburbs according to the most recent U.S. census.

*based on 2013 independently-conducted research of visitors to Navy Pier

How can I sign up for the Navy Pier newsletter?

Enter your email address and click subscribe using the form at the top of every page on the website.

How can I contact Navy Pier?

Email us at navypierinfo@navypier.org or call us at 1-312-595-PIER (7436). A Guest Services representative is available daily by phone during Navy Pier’s operating hours.

Centennial Wheel & Pier Park

When does the Centennial Wheel operate? Is it enclosed?

The Centennial Wheel currently operates from 10am – 7pm Sundays, 10am – 8pm Monday-Thursday and 10am – 10pm on Friday & Saturday. The new wheel is air conditioned and heated during the summer and winter months.

When are the seasonal outdoor amusement rides open (Carousel, Wave Swinger, etc.)?

Seasonal Pier Park rides, including the Pepsi Wave Swinger, Carousel, Light Tower Ride, Climbing Walls and Remote Controlled Boats, operate weather-permitting from late spring through early fall. To inquire about the operational status of our additional Pier Park rides, please call our Guest Services team at  1-312-595-PIER (7436).


I’m driving to Navy Pier. Where can I park?

Parking at Navy Pier is easy and convenient with two on-site parking garages, West Garage and East Garage located at 600 E. Grand Avenue. The garages are connected to the Pier and can accommodate 1,500 vehicles. There is a flat rate parking fee seven days a week. Find more detailed information and current parking rates here.

How much is parking at Navy Pier?

Parking is a flat rate fee. Click here for the current rates.

Are there coupons or discounts for the Navy Pier Parking Garage?

Visit the Parking page or the Promotions page for a listing of discounts and promotions.

Guests who park with valet at Entrance 1 and patronize Harry Caray’s Tavern or Riva Crab House may receive a validation for valet only with a minimum $25 purchase. Find more information here.

Are motor coach buses or school buses allowed to park at Navy Pier?

Navy Pier does not provide bus or motor coach parking on-site. Please visit choosechicago.com for more information about motorcoach parking options

Can I park overnight in the Navy Pier Garages?

The Navy Pier East and West Garages are open 24 hours. Rates are valid for a 24-hour period starting from the time stamped on the ticket when the car entered the garage. Cars parked beyond the 24 hours will be charged the next day’s rate. Contact the parking garage at 1-312-595-5072 or more information.

I have a large van. What is the height of your parking garages?

The East Garage (located past the West Garage), with a maximum height clearance of 7’9,” can accommodate oversized trucks and vans. The maximum height in the West Garage is 6’3”.

I have a motorcycle. Can I park in the Navy Pier Garages?

Do not enter the parking garages. Proceed to the dedicated motorcycle parking area located at Riva/Entrance 1 (just past the West Garage) next to valet.


Tell me more about the free trolley.

The Navy Pier free trolley operates Memorial Day through Labor Day and during select special events. The trolley runs between Navy Pier and State Street, traveling east on Illinois and west on Grand and stopping at designated points along the route including the Art Institute of Chicago. Click here for more information.

What is the trolley route?

The Navy Pier trolley runs between Navy Pier and State Street, traveling east on Illinois and west on Grand and stopping at designated points along the route. Click here for the route map.

How do you get to Navy Pier from a Metra or Amtrak Station?

CTA bus #124 connects Navy Pier with Union/Ogilvie Stations and Millennium Station; CTA bus #29 connects Navy Pier with LaSalle Street Station and Millennium Station. Visit www.rtachicago.com to access the RTA trip planner to find your best way to Navy Pier.

Where can I buy a CTA Visitor Pass?

The Ventra machine located in the Family Pavilion offers pay-as-you-go and day pass options.

What CTA buses service Navy Pier?

The CTA provides five buses that serve Navy Pier daily. These are #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier (from Union/Ogilvie Stations) and the #2 Hyde Park Express (during weekday rush hours only).


Is Navy Pier accessible?

Navy Pier makes a concerted effort to make the Navy Pier complex accessible to all visitors. All levels are accessible by elevators.

Does Navy Pier rent wheelchairs?

Wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk located inside the main entrance to Navy Pier on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid driver’s license, state ID or military ID is held at Guest Services in exchange for the rental of the wheelchair.

I have a service animal. Can I bring them to Navy Pier?

Service animals are permitted inside Navy Pier. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets.

I use a transportation service. Where can I be dropped off?

Paratransit services can drop off and pick up passengers from several locations on Navy Pier, including the front main entrance of Navy Pier, on the north dock at the Family Pavilion entrance, and Entrances 1 and 2. All locations are equipped with ramps.

Are the cruise vessels at Navy Pier accessible?

For more information about accessibility, see Guest Services & Accessibility.

Does Navy Pier have an accessibility app?

Yes! The Sensory Friendly Navy Pier app helps families, especially young children and kids with disabilities, prepare for a day at Navy Pier. You’ll be able to learn more about Navy Pier, create your own schedule for the day, play the Navy Pier matching game and check out features like insider tips and our sensory-friendly map. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.


I’d like to work at Navy Pier. Where can I find job postings?

Navy Pier, Inc. publishes current openings, including full-time, part-time and seasonal positions and internships online. See Employment for details. Prospective applicants should also contact each individual business on Navy Pier regarding their own employment opportunities.

Doing Business

How can I book a private party/meeting/tradeshow/wedding at Navy Pier?

Navy Pier offers two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms, the historic Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace all overlooking the lakefront. Contact Navy Pier Sales & Service at 1-312-595-5300 or navypierevents@navypier.org.

How do I become a vendor at Navy Pier?

For more information, see doing business at Navy Pier.

How can I find out about sponsorships and marketing displays?

Corporate partnerships at Navy Pier align your brand with an estimated nine million visitors annually (six million from the Chicagoland area). We offer dynamic alliances that include year-round brand visibility, high-traffic areas for experiential marketing, event sponsorships and much more. Click here for more information about sponsorships.

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