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  • Navy Pier in Chicago

Things to Do at Navy Pier: Family Attractions, Boat Rides, And IMAX

Celebrate maritime pride at Chicago's most-visited attraction. Stretched across 50 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is teeming with fun things to do for all ages including exciting entertainment, waterfront attractions, museums, sightseeing cruises, restaurants, shops, art installations, and lively events all year long.  Ride the 15-story-high 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. Explore the lush botanical beauty of the Crystal Gardens or grab a brew at the Miller Lite Beer Garden for scenic views of the Chicago skyline.



Admission to Navy Pier is free; admission prices to pier attractions and shows vary.


  • Sunday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm




  • Ferris Wheel & Rides
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Concerts
  • Cruises
  • Dining
  • Miller Lite Beer Garden
  • Shopping
  • IMAX Theater
  • Shakespeare Theater




  • What Kind Of Boat Rides Are At Navy Pier? Where Do I Park?

    Explore the Windy City with a cruise on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River departing from Navy Pier. Enjoy a dinner cruise with live entertainment or a speedboat ride for a bit more adventure. Cruises offered are the architecture cruises, the brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises, or the fireworks cruises during the summer. Guests may park at the two on-site parking garages that are connected to the pier. Oversized vans and trucks should park in the East Garage for clearance. Valet parking is available for dining at Navy Pier including Harry Caray’s Tavern, Riva Crab House and DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar.
  • When Can I See The Navy Pier Fireworks?

    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, catch a fantastic firework display over Lake Michigan every Wednesday at 9:30 pm and Saturday at 10:15 pm. All shows are free and last 10 to 15 minutes. Sail away on a fireworks cruise from the pier to witness the beautiful display from the water.

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