Navy Pier restaurants
The folks behind the counter here use the by-the-pintful ice cream to transform smoothies and banana splits into magical concoctions. Get any flavor in sundae form, topped with hot fudge and whipped cream, or do it like we do and order a waffle cone.
Headed to the Pier early, or need to add a jolt to your afternoon? This little bakery has everything you need. Try the Liquid Chocolate Buzzed, a creamy and warming sipping chocolate spiked with two shots of espresso and topped with a dollop of whipped cream to keep you going all day. If you need a snack, the almond croissant has a sweet amaretto taste and is marvelously flaky and buttery.
This new joint serves well-executed fried chicen, offering spicy or original pieces of bird with crisp skin and plump juicy meat that is so damn tasty, you won’t even need to dip them in buffalo sauce. The fries perfectly accompany the messy (but delicious) meal. If getting your hands dirty isn’t an option, get your chicken by way of the original crispy sandwich, with pickles and mayo.
The local restaurant group brings its signature burgers and tacos to Navy Pier so you can finally enjoy them under the same roof. Technically, Fish Bar occupies its own area, but DMK combined the restaurant so you can grab both shrimp tacos and the number four burger (with roasted hatch chili, a fried egg, Sonoma jack cheese and smoked bacon) at the same spot. There’s also a long list of craft beers and cocktails, upping Navy Pier’s alcohol game considerably.
For perhaps the meatiest meal you can get at the Pier,
head to Porkchop and chow down on the pulled pork sandwich. You’ll get a generous heap of meat with tasty tomato barbecue sauce on top, all packed inside a chewy pretzel bun. If you’re especially hungry, grab sides like fries and a soda to drink.
All these heavy options weighing you down? Head to Freshii instead, where salads reign supreme. We're fans of the fiesta salad, packed with avocado, black beans, cheddar, pico de gallo and topped with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. To make it a slightly heartier meal, top it with some grilled chicken for a dash of protein.