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Navy Pier | Chicago, IL

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Everything you need to know about visiting Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611)

This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, a beer garden and public art exhibitions galore. You'll also find the Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Most offerings may not turn locals on, but the seasonal events, indoor activities and great people-watching provide plenty of entertainment, no matter what the weather.

Plenty to eat and drink

You may not think of Navy Pier as an obvious foodie destination, but the tourist mecca boasts some legit eats including Big City Chicken, DMK Burger and Fish Bar, Goddess and the Baker, the Original Rainbow Cone, Snow Dragon Shavery and many more. Guests who are 21 and over are allowed to take their boozy beverages to go while they walk around the Pier, and several restaurants even offer take-out windows with food and drink options.

See a show

Whether you have the kids in tow or are looking to entertain adult visitors, there's entertainment for everyone at Navy Pier. The little ones will get a kick out of the Chicago Children's Museum, which boasts a water playground, DIY spaces and educational exhibits. Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers exceptional renditions of the classics and new works fit for the whole family. To get your fix of live music with an ice-cold brew in hand, look no further than that Miller Lite Beer Garden, which offers a summer music and dance series throughout the warmer months.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. Chicago was most recently updated with new tips on June 26, 2017.


600 E Grand Ave
Cross street:
at Streeter Dr
Bus: 29, 65, 66.
Opening hours:
Sun–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm
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Light Up the Lake

  • Festivals

Too cold outside? Navy Pier brings all of the winter fun indoors during the holiday season, filling its gigantic 170,000-square-foot Festival Hall with a regulation-size Alpine ice skating rink, kiddie train rides and a 600,000-bulb light show made up of themed sculptures. This year, guests can also check out new attractions like a lit-up maze of birch trees, interactive light sculptures and a reflection pond for resting and photo ops. Each Light Up the Lake ticket also  includes a ride on Navy Pier's 200-foot Centennial Wheel—don't worry, all of the gondolas are fully enclosed and heated!

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