Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

This 50-acre, lakeside wonderland features a 15-story Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater and more shopping, eating and thrill-riding than you could possibly fit into a day. But you'll sure have fun trying. Don't miss this mega-attraction.
  • Adult gate price $16.00
  • Child gate price $16.00
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Navy Pier hours and ride availability vary throughout the seasons – be sure to check their web site found in the getting in tab below.

Navy Pier Chicago is a landmark you’ll hear a lot about on your trip to Chicago, as it is considered the #1 tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest. Attracting an impressive 8.6 million visitors each year, Navy Pier is a 50-acre, lakeside wonderland that lets visitors revel in the splendors of Lake Michigan. Shopping, eating, thrill-riding, movie-watching, and cruise-hopping…you can do it all, and then some, at Navy Pier!

What’s here? Chicago’s Navy Pier, built in 1916, features timeless parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, and more. You can easily spend a full day here in this mini-city, and there truly is something to suit everyone’s tastes. If crowds and rides aren’t your thing, just being on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan is enough to soothe the soul. If you love to shop, you have come to the right place.

You can rise above it all and take in the views of the lake and its shores on the 15-story Ferris wheel. On a hot summer day, cool off at the 3D IMAX® Theatre, or perhaps listen to live music and performances at the Bud Light Stage.

Your little travelers will love the 3-floor Chicago Children’s Museum and all of its interactive exhibits and games, as well as the Cirque Shanghai show at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, which features incredible stunts by a whole troupe of Chinese acrobats! And of course, a trip here wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing lake cruise (departing from the Navy Pier’s South Dock). There’s also the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, an 18-hole mini golf course, a biking and jogging zone, Crystal Gardens (an impressive one-acre palm tree court), and various historic buildings that will take you back to the early part of the 20th century, when theme parks really got their start!

When you’re all tired out from the sensory overload on offer here, you can opt to take a scenic and romantic dinner cruise on the lake, or try one of the twenty dining options available at this massive complex. As a little bonus treat, on certain evenings in summertime, you’ll enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the lake—what more could you ask for? It’s almost impossible to miss this mega-attraction when you visit Chicago, and given all the action that’s packed into these 50 acres, it would be silly to do so!

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Enjoyed the pier
By Barry J Hall Verified Reviewer from wichita ks on
Pros:
The Boardwalk, The Fireworks Show, The Family Friendliness
Cons:
The Food Court Pizza,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Really thought the diversity of people around the pier was cool, very much a melting pot. Very enjoyable place to be. I guess the worse thing for both my daughter and I was the food court pizza, it is possible they were just having an off day. Highly recommend going here.

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Ho Hum
By Spider Vacation Verified Reviewer from Lenexa, KS on
Pros:
Scenic
Cons:
A Lot Of Hype
Best Uses:
Convenient
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We went in the fall off-season so crowds weren't an issue and some outdoor dining was closed. The Go Chicago Card was nice to be ale to do the family-friendly activities. We were un-impressed with Navy Pier. It had a nice view of the city but there wasn't much to do. Minimal shopping and some dining. The ferris wheel/mini golf, etc. weren't enough of a reason to make it a must-see. We had planned to spend the whole evening there but instead spent just an hour.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Navy Pier
By b_ricketts Verified Reviewer from Canada,Ontario on
Pros:
Close to everything, Lots of attractions, Music, Reasonable Priced Food, Fireworks, Good Views, Firewrorks
Cons:
Lots of People,
Best Uses:
To Spend A Day Evening,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We went to see the Fireworks on Wednesday night. They were great with music in the background. There is a lot of different attractions and lots of restaurants and shopping here. They have a free trolley and the trolley that is included in the card. Very close to the beach. Food is reasonably priced considering it is a very busy tourist attraction.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Eventful Pier
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
Easy entry, Great food, Easy to get Tickets, Free to the Pier, fun, Family friendly, Variety of things to do
Cons:
Busy,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

The card made getting our cruise tickets on Navy Pier easy. I really wish we had gone mini golfing. That would have added to our time gap nicely. We loved the Stained Glass Museum. It was so pretty and cool to walk through. Navy Pier offers some amazing views and really is fun to walk around. There are many different places to buy touristy-like gifts. Every restaurant we went to was fantastic: Bubba Gumps and Jimmy Buffetts!

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Great Value
By Dr. Jim Verified Reviewer from St. Clair, MI on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Have to get tickets during "business" hours before 5:30 pm. These can be used at anytime in the evening but cannot get tickets at ticket window after 5:30. Usually made morning walk to get tickets before kids were out of bed...

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

beautiful location
By World Traveller Verified Reviewer from Ontario, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We had gorgeous weather and enjoyed eating lunch outside at an open air patio of one of the restaurants along the pier. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed strolling down the pier. It was the beginning of the Tall Ships Festival so the ships were coming into port so there was lots to see. Inside, the stained glass museum was absolutely incredible to see. So many beautiful creations to look at, so much history! This is a wonderful place to visit to just have a relaxing stroll (if the weather is good!)

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Great place for all to visit
By Lawrence Verified Reviewer from Manchester England on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Great for all the family. It has everything bars, food, rides for children - and the BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY!!! I was looking for Tom Hanks !! We were very lucky whilst we were there as we had the privelage of seeing the Air Show from the pier - fantastic. All the Boat rides go from the pier so its a great attraction and everyone needs to visit it.

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[44 of 45 customers found this review helpful]

Go during the week if at all possible
By Chicago fan Verified Reviewer from Kansas city,KS on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

The Navy pier was awesome, many differnt things to do, and lots of dining choices however you should try to take the free trolley offer by the city of Chicago or take a cab there otherwise you will be walking a very long distance from the closest train stop, also if all possible you shoould try going during the week instead of the weekend so is not so crowded and you dont have to wait in line for ever to do anything, and it gets really cold and windy at night even on summer time and also beware of spiders on Ferris wheel.

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Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority Details

Phone: 800-595-PIER (7437)
Address
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours
Hours change seasonally. Visit www.navypier.com for current operating hours.
Note

Some rides may be closed due to construction. Some attractions are seasonal, andopen weather permitting. Call ahead to confirm availability.

Insider Tip: Chicago boasts 26 miles of lakefront trail perfect for walking or bike riding.  Memorial Day through Labor Day, pick up a half-day City Bike rental from Bike and Roll on Navy Pier (included on Go Card.)  It's a great way to explore our Great Lake!

Closings
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to changewithout notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Public Transportation

Take CTA: Buses #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), #66 (Chicago Avenue), #120 (Northwestern/Wacker Express), and #121 (Union/Wacker Express) serve the Navy Pier. #124 Navy Pier Express runs from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center on weekends.

Free Trolley: (Seasonal) Ride for free from Navy Pier to State Street, via the Illinois and Grand Ave corridor.

Please visit www.navypier.com for more information.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Present your Admission Pass at any of the park's attraction ticket booths to receive a Admission Pass to 5 of the rides.

Included with the Go Select Pass

Admission to the following 5 attractions on Navy Pier: The Navy Pier Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Light House, The Links Mini Golf Course, and the Wave Swinger.

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