Navy Pier equals entertainment in Chicago, no matter the season. With more than 8.6 million visitors a year, Navy Pier Chicago is the Midwest’s number-one tourist destination.
Navy Pier Chicago has 50 acres to explore and is overflowing with museums, restaurants, shops, rides and more. We dare you to get bored at Navy Pier; Chicago’s own entertainment oasis on Lake Michigan.
Navy Pier Chicago - Attractions
A trip to Navy Pier Chicago would not be complete without a ride on the most prominent feature of the park--the Ferris Wheel. Throughout the year, this 15 story-tall giant never fails to wow tourists with widespread views of the city from 150 feet up in the air.
No matter what your thrill-seeking level, Chicago's Navy Pier has an attraction for you. The tame will love the musical carousel and 18-hole miniature golf course. Meanwhile, the daredevils will salivate over the Wave Swinger and Seadog Extreme boat ride complete with 360-degree spins on Lake Michigan.
Navy Pier Rides & Attractions
CONCIERGE TIP: While it’s free to walk around Navy Pier, the majority of the rides and attractions will cost you.
Navy Pier Chicago - Entertainment
Navy Pier Chicago has several impressive options for entertainment. See the season's biggest blockbusters on a six-story screen at the IMAX Theater on Navy Pier. It is Chicago's largest flat movie screen and shows films in both 2D and 3D.
For the best in plays and musicals at Navy Pier Chicago, buy a ticket for a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the recipient of a 2008 Regional Tony Award for Excellence in Theater. This seven-story complex has a unique design where the audience surrounds the stage on three sides, creating an intimate theater atmosphere.
Running around the 50 acres at Navy Pier Chicago all day will leave you famished, so good thing there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy any craving. Enjoy a true Chicago favorite at Harry Caray's or try the beer-battered shrimp at The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Many come to relish in a classic Chicago "cheezborger" at the Billy Goat Tavern or some quick Italian food at Capi's Italian Kitchen at the pier's front door. Finally, for a great view with fabulous seafood, Riva is a must!
For a quick bite head to the food court at Navy Pier Chicago where you’ll find plenty of familiar fixings: Starbucks, McDonald’s, Garrett Popcorn and Ben & Jerry’s. During the summer check out the many vendors located around the Pier for seasonal favorites like frozen lemonade and Dippin Dots.
Navy Pier Chicago - Events
Navy Pier Chicago is open year-round, but during the summer is really when it comes alive. The number of events and activities multiplies; you could spend every day and night on the Pier if you really wanted to!
Start off the season with a fireworks show, occurring bi-weekly on the Pier. For live music and libations the Budlight Stage at Navy Pier’s LandShark Beer Garden is a premier night-life venue.
Navy Pier Fireworks are a must see!
The Family Pavilion Stage and Dock Street Stage present children’s shows in the summer and admission is always free. Navy Pier is also home to many boat tours and cruises where you can see Chicago from the best seat in town, on Lake Michigan.
If live entertainment is more up your alley check out the Pepsi Skyline Stage offering rotating high-energy shows. Past shows have included hits like "Cirque Shanghai."
The highlight of the winter at Navy Pier is undoubtedly Winter WonderFest. With activities ranging from ice skating to obstacle courses, live entertainment to the indoor ferris wheel, there is something for kids of all ages!
For more event information, check out Navy Pier's Calendar of Events.
Navy Pier Chicago - Info
Check out our Navy Pier Blog that features lots of timely and insightful information about Navy Pier.
Navy Pier Chicago is open 363 days a year, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Pier opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes at different times varying on the season and day of the week.
The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Bus Co. stops at Navy Pier.