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Navy Pier: Chicago's Lakefront Playground

Celebrate the maritime pride of Chicago at Navy Pier, Chicago's playground on Lake Michigan. Featuring exciting entertainment, waterfront attractions, sightseeing cruises, restaurants, shops, art installations, and events all year long, this landmark pier is teeming with fun things to do for all ages. Ride a gondola up 200 feet on the Centennial wheel, see a movie at the IMAX Theatre, and treat the kids to a day of interactive play at the Chicago Children's Museum. Sail off on a sightseeing cruise or grab a brew at the Miller Lite Beer Garden to take in the scenic views of the Chicago skyline. Explore the lush botanical beauty of the Crystal Gardens or catch your favorite Elizabethan performance at the Shakespeare Theater. In the summer, enjoy the dazzling firework displays, outdoor concerts, and a run through the Polk Bros Fountains, which becomes an ice-skating rink in the winter.


Prices - Admission to Navy Pier is complimentary; admission prices to pier attractions and shows vary.

Hours -

Sunday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm; Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm (hours may vary per season)


  • Shoreline Sightseeing Oktoberfest Cruise
  • Seadog Haunted Tours
  • Fireworks at Navy Pier


  • Daily Cruises
  • IMAX Shows
  • Shopping
  • Shakespeare Theater
  • Family Rides
  • Dining
  • Children's Museum
  • Crystal Gardens
  • Miller Lite Beer Garden


  • When are the Navy Pier fireworks?

    Catch a fantastic firework display over Lake Michigan every Wednesday at 9:30 pm and Saturday at 10:15 pm, all summer long at Navy Pier. The fireworks begin Memorial Day Weekend and go through Labor Day Weekend. All shows are free and last 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When does the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier operate? 

    The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier runs all year long from 10 am – 7 pm on Sundays, 10 am – 8 pm from Monday-Thursday, and 10 am – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday. The new wheel soars 200 feet high and carries 42 heater or air-conditioned gondolas that can fit eight to 10 people. The rides are about 15 minutes long and feature interactive video screens and cushioned seats.

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