Family Fun at Navy Pier


Filled with hundreds of shops, gardens, parks and restaurants, this classic Chicago gem offers fun for the entire family. Navy Pier is dedicated to giving you memories and experiences that will last. Whether it be a ride on their famous Centennial Wheel or a diving into a Garrett’s popcorn bucket, you are sure to leave with a smile! 

Due to concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic, Navy Pier will be temporarily closed starting September 8th until Spring 2021. Make sure to visit before then to make the most of this beautiful Chicago summer! 

Fun for Everyone

Navy Pier has a vast selection of rides and attractions that are great for all ages. Polk Bros park is the ideal place to explore with the entire family when visiting Navy Pier. It’s located right on the edge of Lake Michigan, providing a refreshing and relaxing breeze. Perfect to cool-off on a hot summer day. Let’s not forget to mention their giant fountain. Kids love running in and around the water. The best part? It’s completely free and open to the public. You get to relax and soak up some sun, while the kids enjoy a splash in the fountain. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

Grab a bite 

In the midst of all the fun, don’t forget to enjoy a delicious meal! Navy Pier has a wide selection of restaurants to accommodate everyone. Looking for some mouth watering comfort food? Head on over to Giordano’s, a Chicago legend. If you want a quicker option, Frankie’s Pizza by the slice, Big City Chicken and Billy Goat Tavern are just a few other options. 

Parents can also take the edge off by visiting Chango Loco, a Mexican Cantina that offers great cocktails. Navy Pier seriously has fun for the entire family. 

Treat Yourself

Don’t leave Navy Pier without indulging in a delicious treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re feeling ice cream, there are a number of shops to choose from. The Original Rainbow Cone offers a masterpiece of a cone combining chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio, and Orange sherbet, piled high on a cake cone. Or you could visit Ben and Jerry’s for one of their fan-favorite flavors in a cup, cone or shake. 

If ice cream isn’t your guilty pleasure, Brown Sugar Bakery offers a variety of cupcakes and Xurro has their famous churros! Whatever your craving, Navy Pier will not disappoint. 

The Crystal Gardens

Need a breather? The Crystal Gardens will offer you a relaxing, feel-good end to your day. Take a family walk through the garden before wrapping-up the visit. This six-story atrium is home to over 80 palm trees, dazzling lights, and gravity-defying fountains. They shoot right over your head! The Crystal Gardens is the perfect opportunity for a family photo. We want to make these memories last, so gather for a photo opt featuring the Chicago Skyline, Lake Michigan and the Centennial Wheel. 

Family Fun is well and thriving at Navy Pier. With hundreds of activities and Chicago favorites, you’ll grow to love the city more and more. Stop by Garret’s for some Chicago style popcorn–now  that will definitely win you over!

Written By: Jessica Narvaez

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