Chicagoland wouldn’t be the same without the famous Chicago Navy Pier. It’s a quintessential attraction for both visitors and residents to experience. The whole family will stay entertained on the pier with tons to do from shopping to hopping on a carnival ride. The pier is home to many of the biggest attractions in Chicago. Hop on a boat tour, catch an action filled IMAX movie or relax for a free concert or event. Navy Pier is a must visit on a trip to the Windy City!
Navy Pier Beer Garden
The Landshark Beer Garden is on the East end of the pier for great views of Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. The venue features live music five nights a week and is good for relaxing on the pier in an outdoor atmosphere. They have a variety of drinks that are reasonably priced, notably their signature Landshark Lager. The menu is new but the beautiful views are the same!
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel carnival ride is the star of the pier and can be seen from all over the city. It’s not just for kids either, the ride offers stunning view of the whole city all the way to the top and is a romantic trip at night when the lights are glistening. A ride on the 150-foot attraction is only $6 and the skyline and lakefront sights are worth it!
Chicago Boat Tours – Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier is the hub for boat tours along the lakefront. There is a Chicago boat tour for every occasion from seeing the attractions and learning about the city to enjoying a night on a luxury cruise. The fast and fun Seadog cruises are thrilling and full of great city views, the Odyssey features an elegant dinner cruise and the Spirit of Chicago is an entertaining trip with food, dancing and more. Pick your scene and get out on the water!
Chicago Navy Pier IMAX Theater
One of the pier’s biggest attractions is the theater that gets you straight into the action. The high technology makes this an entertainment experience that you will really feel a part of. It’s an attraction that will captivate the whole family so, enhance your next blockbuster movie and get in the action at Navy Pier’s IMAX theater. This is hands down one of the best things to do in Chicago with kids!
Navy Pier has a little bit of everything to offer visitors and residents. Walk along the vibrant pier spanning over 3,000 ft over Lake Michigan. Go for a free event, a local band playing, or have fun on the rides in Pier Park. Check out the various shops and restaurants or simply go for a view overlooking the lake and the spirit of the Windy City all around you.
Navy Pier Fireworks
The Navy Pier fireworks are a quintessential summer activity in Chicago. They begin on Memorial Day and end on Labor Day and have their most famous show on Independence Day. But everyday is special when the fireworks are blasting over Lake Michigan. Catch them on Wednesdays and Saturdays to get a full Chicago experience. Find a place on the pier or view them from the boat deck of a cruise.
Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder
Through September 2, 2013 catch this amazing show (Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder) at the Pepsi Skyline Stage on Navy Pier. The show will feature performers direct from China who will tumble, juggle, balance and more. Motorcyclists will ride around at ‘death-speeds’ and the production will leave you amazed. It’s a family friendly event with convenient afternoon and evening performances.
Navy Pier – Tall Ships
An international fleet of Tall Ships is coming back to Chicago for the annual five-day festival. Tour the ships while they’re docked or get the full experience on a quick cruise behind the sails. It’s a great festival for the whole family, full of maritime history and fun festivities. Check out the Chicago Match Cup, a professional race sailing competition, and the Parade of Sail that kicks off the festival on August 7, 2013 and the Windy City will keep the ships sailing until August 11th.
Shopping at Navy Pier
Shop up and down the pier for all types of tastes and preferences. Get your quintessential souvenirs and gifts to take back home with you. Shop for quality apparel and accessories. Check out the international stores and find collectibles and unique gifts. The pier is speckled with these great shops from clothes to food and candy. Shopping in Chicago is popular at places other than Navy Pier, so don’t shop til you drop quite yet!
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
The pier hosts Winter Wonderfest once the cold sets in in Chicago. The pier is lined with winter themed activities from cookie decorating to reindeer train rides to an Ice Trail Ropes Course. The Skyline Stage is transformed into an ice skating rink and after Wonderfest ends the rink plus skate rentals will be free until April.