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Move It!

January 16 – April 19
Included with museum admission

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Work out your bodies and your brains in this high energy exhibit that will hearts and imaginations racing. In Move It! kids can run, hop, jump, crawl – and sweat – in their own custom-built playspace and navigate the challenging Wavy Net Climber overhead. This winter, come Move It!

Chicago Restaurant Week Cruises: Odyssey

January 31, February 1 and February 7
Jan 31 & Feb 7: Board 6:00 pm | Cruise | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb 1: Board 5:30 pm | Cruise 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Experience a special Odyssey menu on select dinner cruises during Chicago Restaurant Week.

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Enjoy specialty cocktails, music, gracious service and stunning views of the city skyline on this Odyssey cruise – all for an exclusive Restaurant Week price! Prices are $44 per person, exclusive of taxes and fees.

For reservations call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online.

Cider Summit Chicago

Saturday, February 7
Two sessions: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The third annual Cider Summer returns to Chicago! Enjoy artisanal ciders from around the world at the region’s largest cider tasting!

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Cider Summit features over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries including England, Scotland, France and Spain. Talk to owners and cidermakers who will inform and guide attendees through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Enjoy specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths and an event store.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional tasting will be available for sale on-site at $2 per ticket. A separate admission ticket is required for each session.

The event is 21 and over only.

Odyssey Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruises

February 13 – 15
Pricing: from $59.90* per person

Be Romantic. Nothing is more magnificent than a Valentine’s Day Weekend celebration on the water aboard Chicago’s Odyssey.

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Distinctive cuisine. Upscale DJ entertainment. Breathtaking views. Laughter and intimate conversation. Create a memory that will last as long as your love.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise – February 13
Includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older.

Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise – February 14
Includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – February 14
Includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older.

Valentine’s Champagne Brunch Cruise – February 15
Guests age 21 or older receive a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa.

For reservations call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online

*Prices exclusive of taxes and fees.

Laughs on the Lake: Valentine’s Day Edition

Friday, February 13
Board: 8:30 pm | Cruise 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Prepare to laugh on Lake Michigan! Come aboard Spirit of Chicago for an exclusive,unforgettable comedy event!

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Purchase your tickets for a night of laughs, hosted by our very own Darren Georgia. Comedians Jay Washington and Grace Lusk will warm up the crowd, followed by a performance from the evening’s headliner, Dave Helem. Prices start at $29.90.*

Seating is similar to that of a comedy club and is first-come, first-served, giving you the ultimate comedy experience in the comedy capital of America.

For reservations, call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online

*All guests must be 21 or older with ID. Includes DJ entertainment, late night snacks and cash bar. Ticket price exclusive of taxes and fees.

Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Saturday, February 14
Board: 6:30 pm | Cruise 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Get out on the water this Valentine’s Day! Make a romantic memory aboard Spirit of Chicago.

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Treat your special someone to a delectable buffet-style menu, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and incredible views of the magnificent city skyline – all aboard Spirit of Chicago. Prices start at $99.90* per person.

For reservations call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online.

Prices exclusive of taxes and fees. Includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older.

Mystic Blue Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Saturday, February 14
Board: 6:30 pm | Cruise: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Spend this Valentine’s Day on the water! Celebrate being in love and make a romantic memory aboard Mystic Blue in Chicago.

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Treat your special someone to a tasty buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and the best views of the magnificent city skyline. Prices start at $89.90* per person.

For reservations call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online

*Prices exclusive of taxes and fees. Includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults ages 21 or older.

Walker Stalker Con Chicago

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve become part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con consists of events, panels and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

The World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl: Mardi Gras Crawl

Beads, Beers & Bars! Put on your masks, grab your beads and join us at Navy Pier for Chicago’s biggest Mardi Gras Party!

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Seven bars along Navy Pier including Harry Caray’s Tavern, Haagen Dazs, Riva Crab House, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Mystic Blue, Spirit of Chicago and Crystal Gardens will offer $3 Bud Light Drafts, $4 Goose Island 312 Drafts and $5 Southern Comfort Hurricanes. Your ticket includes entry into Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, two gift cards valid at participating bars for food or drink purchase, drink specials, entertainment including live music, mask face-painting, games, prizes and more! Tickets start at $15* and are available for purchase online. Walk-up tickets will not be available.

*All participants must be 21 years of age to participate (ID required at check-in) and event details and price are subject to change. All visitors to Navy Pier are expected to follow the Navy Pier Code of Conduct. Check-in for the Mardi Gras Crawl at Crystal Gardens from 1 pm – 4 pm. Coat check is available for $3 (cash only). Specials are available all day at bar crawl locations. Presented by Players Sport & Social Group and My Drink On.

Odyssey Chinese New Year Dinner Cruise

Saturday, February 28
Board: 6:00 pm | Cruise: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Welcome the Year of the Goat aboard Odyssey in Chicago.

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Join us for a dynamic night filled with traditions, excitement and celebration. Enjoy a delicious three-course menu including Chinese dishes, traditional decorations, festive entertainment and stunning skyline views.

Prices start at $72.90, exclusive of taxes and fees. For reservations call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

March 14 – 22, 2015
Festival Hall

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns with more color, fragrance and roll-up-your-sleeves, and good-use ideas for realistic solutions to inspire, educate and motivate the next generation of gardeners. You can find the best, simplest and most progressive ways to “Do Green. Do Good.”

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Highlights of the new show include: two dozen breathtaking display gardens, seminar series, Garden Gourmet culinary demonstrations, photography competition, Kids’ Activity Garden, national cake decorating competition with the Retail Bakers Association of America and the marketplace with more than 100 exhibitors. For information about advance tour group registration, discount tickets and schedule, visit www.chicagoflower.com

Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Two departures: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 90-minutes each

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Cruise the historic and green-for-a-day Chicago River while enjoying a traditional Irish buffet on Shoreline’s ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises. A full-service cash bar will include Irish beverage selections. Shoreline guides will also entertain with a special tour highlighting the role of the Irish in the growth of Chicago. Two 90-minutes cruises; one before and one after Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Cruises depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Tickets $49.

Spirit of Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise

Saturday, March 14
Board: 3:00 pm | Cruise: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Grab your green-clad friends and join Spirit of Chicago out on the water Saturday, March 14th!

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Get a group together for Chicago’s best St. Patrick’s Day party. Grab your green-clad friends and join Spirit of Chicago out on the water Saturday, March 14th. The luck of the Irish is yours with a delicious lunch buffet, green beer available for purchase, amazing views, dancing and DJ entertainment.

Prices start at $49.90 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 3-12, exclusive of taxes and fees.

For reservations, call 1-888-957-2634 or Book Online.

Shows

Tornado Alley 3D

Now Playing

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Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. The stars of Tornado Alley take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point blank range, capturing the birth of a tornado with a 70mm camera and a journey into the heart of the storm.

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly

in CST’s Courtyard Theater
January 17 – February 14, 2015

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Something wicked this way comes. Driven by ambition, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. This 75-minute abridged production one of the most powerful plays in the canon is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare. It tells a story of political intrigue and personal frailty as Macbeth and his Lady struggle first with their ambition, and then with its dark consequences. A theatrical world of action, sound and the supernatural makes Shakespeare’s language come alive. After the performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, then join the audience in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos.

A CST Family production most enjoyed by ages 10 and up.

Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience

Season 4, Episodes 9 and 10
One week only at Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
January 30 – February 5

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Winter Is Coming…in IMAX! Game of Thrones is an epic series whose storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love and death and survival have captured the imagination of fans globally, making it one of the most popular shows on television. Now, for one week only, see the last two episodes from Season 4 (Episode 9 “The Watchers on the Wall” and Episode 10 “The Children”) on the six-story Navy Pier IMAX Theatre screen.

Pandas: The Journey Home 3D

Opens Friday, February 13

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Cute, lovable and iconic, see pandas as never before and better understand the desperate plight of pandas in the wild. Presented by National Geographic Entertainment, Pandas: The Journey Home follows the pandas at the Wolong Panda Center in China at a significant milestone in their history. Meet all of the pandas at the center as they get ready for new lives in various parts of the world as well as a group of wild pandas in their mountain habitat.

Dunsinane

by David Greig
directed by Roxana Silbert
from the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company

in CST’s Courtyard Theater
February 26 – March 22, 2015

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London’s The Times proclaims, “If it’s riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see.” Playwright David Greig’s captivating sequel to Shakespeare’s Scottish play explores one man’s attempt to restore peace in a country consumed by war. Macbeth is dead. Under cover of night, the English army has swept in, killed the tyrant and claimed Scotland’s seat of power. But efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. Fierce one minute and funny the next, Greig’s extraordinary ability to infuse a dark story with rich humor results in a lively, vital examination of power—illuminating uncanny parallels between Scotland’s medieval and present-day political landscapes.

Sense and Sensibility

based on the novel by Jane Austen
book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon
directed by Barbara Gaines

in CST’s Courtyard Theater
April 18 – June 7, 2015

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Jane Austen’s deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters whose fortunes change following their father’s untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.

Attractions

Ferris Wheel

Open year-round, weather-permitting
Signature Ride: $7
Tickets expire 30 days from date of purchase.

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A visit to Navy Pier is not complete without a ride on the Pier’s most visible attraction: the 150-foot high Ferris Wheel, modeled after the world’s very first Ferris wheel constructed for Chicago’s 1893 World Columbian Exposition. Enjoy unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline and lakefront on this seven minute ride with one full rotation.

The Ferris Wheel has 40 gondolas seating six passengers. The Ferris Wheel is open year-round and weather-permitting.

All riders ages 3 and up must have a ticket to ride. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. One adult may accompany no more than two children under the age of 10. Guests using wheelchairs or other mobility devices must transfer from the device to the gondola by themselves or with the assistance of a companion. Navy Pier reserves the right to fill each car to the six (6) passenger capacity.

Chicago Children’s Museum

Dig for bones on a dinosaur expedition. Scale a three-story schooner, from cargo hold to crow’s nest. Make a big splash in a squirting, pumping water playground (raincoats provided!). Tinker with real tools and materials in the ultimate DIY maker-space. Dress up as a firefighter, drive the truck and put out a “fire.” Paint, print, sew, sketch and sculpt in an authentic art studio. Construct a skyscraper, fish in a river, shop in grocery store and much more. Chicago Children’s Museum is three floors of fun for kids (ages 10 and under) and their families!

Funhouse Maze

Squeezing, stomping, spinning… double over laughing… delightfully dizzy, twisting and turning — can you find your way out?

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Navigate your way through 4,000 square feet of interactive Funhouse effects. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1.5 million guests have gotten lost here.

Warning: While the Maze is not intended to be scary, there are sensory elements which may be too intense for some visitors. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Atomic Rush

Pick your color and then chase it around the game arena. The more you catch it, the more points you score. Be sure to bring your quick reflexes!

Time Freak

Time Freak is a thrilling race against time! Time Freak challenges players to compete against the clock while pushing buttons as they light up. The more buttons you push, the higher your score is. Time Freak is great for all ages.

Chicago Gray Line

Enjoy a scenic tour of Chicago’s lake front and downtown area.

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May 1 – November 2: 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM (Last Full Signature Tours Begin at 5PM)
November 3 – April 30 27: 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM (Last Full Signature Tours Begin at 4PM)
The tour runs seven days a week, excluding inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Chicago’s premier Hop On Hop Off ® city sightseeing tours in our classic red & green Trolleys and fun-filled Double Decker buses.

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May 1 – November 2: 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM (Last Full Signature Tours Begin at 5PM)
November 3 – April 30 27: 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM (Last Full Signature Tours Begin at 4PM)
The tour runs seven days a week, excluding inclement weather days, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

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