Swing into Summer with These Must-Do Navy Pier Experiences


Navy Pier kicks off the season with the popular Aon Summer Fireworks and Live on the Lake! music series, followed by several other free programs, including the new Wave Wall Wax, series this Memorial Day weekend.

Aon Summer Fireworks

It is always a sure sign of summertime in Chicago when the Aon Summer Fireworks return to Navy Pier. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, catch the Pier’s signature 10-minute firework display synchronized to music every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m.

Live on the Lake!

Beginning Friday, May 25, enjoy the sights and sounds of Live on the Lake!, the Pier’s free music series held in one of the city’s most idyllic outdoor venues along the lakefront, the Miller Lite Beer Garden. With a wide selection of entertainment, food, MillerCoors products and more, Live on the Lake! provides guests with a well-rounded outdoor music experience between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Every Wednesday, catch classic blues performances, courtesy of Buddy Guy’s Legends. On Thursdays, move and groove to different styles of music atPier Dance, led by some of the city’s top dance instructors. Fridays and Saturdays feature various genres of music each week – from country and pop, to R&B and rock – while Sundays spotlight reggae and other international music. With an eclectic mix of musical offerings, this year’s Live on the Lake! series is sure to entertain guests as top local artists – such as the JC Brooks Band, Sixteen Candles, Tinsley Ellis and more – hit theMiller Lite Beer Garden stage. Click here to view the full schedule.

Wave Wall Wax

New this year, Navy Pier guests will be treated to live DJ music at the Wave Wall Platform on the South Dock every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Enjoy different genres of music by Chicago’s top spin masters while taking in unparalleled views of the iconic Chicago skyline and serene Lake Michigan from the center of the Pier. The DJ lineup includes premier local talent, including Sadie Woods, Rae Chardonnay, Jesse de la Pena, Steve “Miggedy” Maestro and more. Click here to view the full lineup.

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