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Navy Pier Restaurants Guide

Written by  Amber Holst
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Navy Pier restaurants are built to satisfy the copious amount of diners in search of quality food. It is almost impossible to leave the pier with an empty stomach. So, loosen up your belt buckle because this colorful lakeside carnival will fill you up with fresh seafood, home-style southern cooking, cheezborgers, sticky sweet candy or fried dough.  Navy Pier restaurants offer something for everyone!

Navy Pier Restaurant Options

Stop into any of the lakeside restaurants to watch the animated crowd glide by, or pick up an authentic Chicago-style hot dog from a vendor and navigate your way through the sea of awed visitors. Either way, the restaurants at Navy Pier Chicago know how to satisfy the masses with large portions oozing with flavor.

Harry Caray's Tavern

Located near the main entrance of Navy Pier, Harry Caray's Tavern offers an unmatched location, family-friendly menu and Chicago's premier sports museum. The menu includes a wide selection of fresh salads, flavorful sandwiches, homemade pizzas, pastas and hearty entrees. 30 high-def flat screen televisions surround the indoor and outdoor bars. The expansive patio, which accommodates 140 guests, offers the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan, the excitement of Navy Pier and the action of the Cubs games.

Celebrity investors include Jeremy Piven, Harold Ramis, James Denton, Earnie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Geovany Soto, Aramis Ramirez, Patrick Kane, Bobby Hull, Marv Levy, Richard Dent and Harry's wife Dutchie Caray.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Upon entrance, visitors are greeted by a block of well-known Navy Pier restaurants. First in line next to the entrance gate is the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Taken straight from the script of Forrest Gump, this Cajun-inspired restaurant serves up plenty of shrimp (fried, sautéed, stuffed, etc.), but Bubba Gump also has a selection of other creative seafood dishes and a slew of spicy sandwiches. Hand shaken cocktails made tableside provide a refreshing beverage for the hot summer nights.

Capi's Italian Kitchen

Another choice at Navy Pier Chicago is to travel to Italy at Capi’s Italian Kitchen. Taste all of the classic Italian foods at a casual setting with efficient service. One of the highlights at Capi’s is the make-your-own individual pizza with all-natural ingredients. As a more health-conscious restaurant than some of the other dining choices at Navy Pier, Capi’s attracts a family-oriented crowd.

Billy Goat Tavern

For a fast meal of a classic American hamburger, stop by the Billy Goat Tavern. Home of the famous cheezborger idolized in a Saturday Night Live sketch, this burger joint only serves meat. Steak, corned beef, and hamburgers round out the simple menu so don’t expect any fries.


A classier (and much more pricy) option than a burger is located at Riva. The large dining room provides guests with sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan while they dine or lunch with fresh seafood and prime cut steaks. The Riva Cafe below the restaurant serves visitors in search of more casual dining.

Navy Pier Chicago Food Court

Instead of having a sit-down meal at one of the above restaurants, try out the food court  in the shopping center which packs in Ben and Jerry’s, Connie’s Pizza, McDonalds, America’s Dog, the Chicago Cookie Shop, the Popcorn Palace & Candy Emporium and other tasty eateries. The food court is great for snacks like a real Chicago hotdog piled high with all of the toppings straight from the book or a fresh baked cookie still steaming from the oven.

On a nice summer day, take a stroll around the dock and take your time in choosing one of the various food vendors scattered among the mass of visitors congesting the pier.

Candied nuts, fried dough, buttered corn and Dippin Dots are only a few of the succulent sweet and salty munchies offered to the public during the spring and summer months. Relaxing outdoor cafes provide ample sit-down space at the Navy Pier Beer Garden too.

For other Navy Pier restaurant options, check out the Navy Pier Restaurants website page.

The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Bus Co. stops at Navy Pier.

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