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Visiting Navy Pier Chicago

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Navy Pier was first opened in 1916 as the world's largest pier that is 3,300 foot long and 292 foot wide. It is Chicago's most Iconic and Popular Venue. It hosts Events, Programmes, Rides & games, Cruises, Tours of Chicago city, Cultural Attractions, Public Art, Exhibitions, Fireworks and Shopping centers. The fun rides are known as Centennial Wheel and Pier Park. The wheel which reaches a height of 200 feet, covering 360-degree views of the Lake Michigan and Chicago City. Wave Swinger, Climbing walls, Light tower, Carousel, Remote control boats. A funhouse maze named as Amazing Chicago offers exploration through 4,000 feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Cruises departing from Navy Pier is the best sightseeing cruises in the city. The dining cruise runs through the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with heart-pumping rides and private charters. Shopping in Navy Pier is an incredible boon to the customers. From collectibles and convenience to apparels and accessories, the shopping centers offer everything to all age groups. Free Events and Programs happen every day throughout the year in Navy Pier. Funfests, Galas, Concerts, Workshops and a lot more. It has a Festival Hall of 170,000 sq.ft expansive event space, 36 meeting rooms, Lakeview Terrace, 15,000 sq.ft of a spectacular view of Lake Michigan, Rooftop Terrace, Premiere Outdoor space, AON Grand Ballroom under the iconic 80-foot domed ceiling which is perfect for everyday events.

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The Peoples Pier, Chicago's own Cultural Destination

The Peoples Pier, Chicago's own Cultural Destination



Navy Pier is the suitable land for best cruise rides in Chicago. It offers Firework Cruises, Holiday Cruises, Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Cruises, Super boat, and thrill boat rides and Private Charters for groups. Firework Cruises are operated every Wednesday and Saturday with 60-90 minute ride. Watch the amazing city light up with Aon Summer Fireworks. The private charters offer up to 800 guests with the option to organize parties, receptions, and weddings or a day-cruise. Get ready for the best day with Brunch, Lunch & Dinner cruises offering delicious food and cocktails.

The Cultural Attractions

The Cultural Attractions

Cultural attractions and activities at Navy Pier are the best of Chicago City. It includes AMC Navy Pier IMAX theatre, the Chicago's children museum, the Chicago Shakespeare theatre, Crystal Gardens, parks and more. Watch a movie or theatre arts and stroll through the beautiful gardens and cherish your day.

Dining and Restaurants

Dining and Restaurants

Chicago's wide range of food culture is displayed in Navy Pier. Visit some iconic restaurants for delicious food. If you are confused between what restaurant to chose, join the food tour called as Signature Food tour which is a two-hour experience that allows you to taste sample dishes. Some of the restaurants and cafes are Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Mc Donalds, Starbucks, Xurro and much more.

Exhibitions and Art

Exhibitions and Art

Navy Pier is an engineering marvel and a landmark for exhibits over the years. It is a perfect place to display contemporary art and exhibits. They include permanent exhibits, temporary and seasonal displays. The goal is to offer a platform for upcoming artists and celebrate the glory of historical art. The permanent collection can be identified by a letter 'P' on the artifacts. Shows such as Sofa Chicago, Expo Chicago, Collection of Rolling Stones items are hosted here.

Navy Pier Chicago Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Navy Pier is free to get in and explore. Admission to various attractions and things to do inside have different prices for everything. Tickets can be bought at the box office. However ticket for Centennial Wheel, some events can be purchased from the website too.

How To Get Around?

Visitors can get bicycles or motorcycles and park it at Navy Pier to get inside. They are not allowed inside Navy Pier. Visitors need to walk through the place to explore.

What Should I Wear?

There is no restriction on attire in Navy Pier. But if you are going to ride a Firework cruise, nice pants or jeans, polos, button-down shirts, and skirts or sundresses are mandatory.

Navy Pier Chicago Facts

Best Time to Visit

Navy Pier is open year-round usually from 10 am to 8 pm. But, the hours change in every season and on event days. Visitors need to check the website or download its official app for operating hours. However, weekdays are the best to visit than weekends to avoid the crowd.


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How To Get There?

Navy Pier is located at 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. CTA buses that service Navy Pier are #124 Navy Pier, #25 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #2 Hyde Park Express. CTA buses are available from metro stations such as Millennium Station, Union/Ogilvie Station and LaSalle Street Station. The nearest airports from Navy Pier are Chicago Midway International Airport (13 miles) and O'Hare International Airport (15 miles).

Additional Info

Navy Pier offers limited lockers for storing things and cost different amounts for Standard, Extra Large and Jumbo lockers. Wheelchairs are available to rent at Navy Pier. Parking garages are available which run for 24 hours every day. Only service animals are allowed inside.

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