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.
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!
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.