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Events

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!

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

Snowstorm Winter Music and Arts Festival

Saturday, March 7 from 6:00 pm – 1:00 am

Chicago’s first ever winter music and arts festival is taking the city by storm with artists Moby, RJD2, ASTR, Trippy Turtle, The Hood Internet, Zimmer, Orchard Lounge, Louis the Child, Win & Woo, Kody Madro and Figgy.

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Two stages, 11 artists, a White Out Party, interactive art and more…

Revolutionary live event production company The Gathering Group is bringing the first ever winter music and arts festival to Navy Pier. The event will feature top talent, art spectacles and a one-of-a-kind setting in which to celebrate the end of the season.

Snowstorm will feature artists Moby, RJD2, ASTR, Trippy Turtle, The Hood Internet, Win & Woo, Orchard Lounge, Louis the Child and Zimmer.

You will be immersed in a unique winter wonderland filled with artistic and experiential spectacles from Redmoon. Rock your best winter whites from head to toe and be part of Snowstorm!

Must be 18 and older to attend. Get more details on Snowstorm Winter Music and Arts Festival at www.snowstormfest.com.

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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 am and 2:00 pm, 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 Flower & Garden Show Lunch & Brunch Cruises

Lunch Cruises: March 14, 17, 18, 20, 21
Brunch Cruises: March 15, 22
All Cruises Board at 11:00 am | Cruise: Noon – 2:00 pm

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Located just steps away from Festival Hall, cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago are the perfect complement to any Chicago Flower and Garden show visit. These cruises include a professional floral arrangement demonstration. Come enjoy a fun and information afternoon with our Flower & Garden Show Lunch and Brunch Cruises.

Select the ticket with the Flower & Garden Package to include Chicago Flower & Garden Show admission with your cruise.

Find more information on the Spirit of Chicago website here.

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.

Pinot Days Chicago

The intimate Pinot Days Chicago Grand Festival Public Tasting showcases 60 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Sample up to 150 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region.

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Come taste the highly acclaimed wines and talk with the gifted winemakers who create them, from the Russian River Valley to Oregon, Carneros to the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast. Attendees will have access to pinots previously unavailable in Illinois.

Buy tickets and find more information here.

Odyssey Full Moon Dinner Cruises

Saturday, April 4
Board: 6:00 pm | Cruise: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Step aboard Odyssey for an unforgettable evening under a star-filled, moonlit sky. Savor creative appetizers and entrees prepared fresh onboard daily and sample mouthwatering desserts. After dinner, stroll the outside decks and enjoy the spectacular sights of Chicago when the moon is at its fullest, illuminating the city skyline.

Upcoming 2015 Odyssey Full Moon Cruises include Sunday, May 3, Wednesday, July 1, Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, September 27.

For more information, visit the Odyssey website here.

Spirit of Chicago Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5
Board: Noon | Cruise: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Do something unique this Easter! Celebrate the holiday aboard Spirit of Chicago with a delicious buffet-style brunch, interactive DJ entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny! For endless views and cruising fun, splash aboard and bring the whole family.

Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise includes a goodie bag with treats for each child. Prices, exclusive of tax and gratuity, start at $54.90 per adult and $32.95 per child, ages 3-12.

Book your cruise today on the Spirit of Chicago website here.

Spirit Of Chicago Eat, Drink & B. Mary Brunch Cruises

Sundays, Starting April 5
Board: Noon | Cruise: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

What better way to spend your Sundays then aboard the Spirit of Chicago customizing your own Bloody Marys starting Sunday, April 5th!

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On Sundays starting in April, experience Spirit of Chicago’s new Brunch Cruises on Lake Michigan. Take in sensational views of the city skyline, enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch menu and sip a custom Bloody Mary cocktail. Build your own Bloody Mary from a selection of gourmet ingredients, including bacon-infused vodka, blue cheese stuffed olives, antipasto skewers and more.

Prices start at $54.90 for adults and $32.95 for children ages 3-12, exclusive of taxes and fees.

Bloody Marys are available for onboard purchase and are not included in the ticket price.

For more information, visit the Spirit of Chicago website here.

Odyssey Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5
Board: 12:15 pm | Cruise: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Get out on the water this Easter for an exceptional celebration aboard Chicago’s most luxurious cruising vessel, Odyssey. Make a lasting memory this year and celebrate Easter in style.

Each Easter Brunch Cruise includes a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for each passenger (must be age 21 and older), goodie bags with treats for each child, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Prices, exclusive of tax and gratuity, start at $65.90 per adult and $39.95 per child, ages 3-12.

For reservations call 1-866-305-2469 or Book Your Cruise Online

Spirit Of Chicago Full Moon Dinner Cruises

Sunday, May 3
Board: 5:30 pm | Cruise: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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The Spirit of Chicago delivers the most entertaining and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and spectacular views. Spend an evening cruising Lake Michigan under a full moon. Stroll the outside decks and enjoy the spectacular sights of Chicago when the moon is at its fullest, illuminating the city’s skyline.

Upcoming 2015 Spirit of Chicago Full Moon Cruises include Wednesday, July 1, Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, September 27.

Book your cruise today on the Spirit of Chicago website here.

Odyssey Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner Cruises

Sunday, May 10
3 Boarding Times throughout the Day

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Bring the entire family aboard the elegant Odyssey in Chicago and treat Mom to an experience she’ll always remember. Enjoy creative cuisine, DJ entertainment, outstanding service, dancing and a sophisticated atmosphere. With sophisticated affordability, there’s no better place to make a memory with Mom and the whole family.

Early Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board: 9:30 am | Cruise: 10:00 am – Noon
Includes a rose for every mother and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa during boarding for adults age 21 or older

Afternoon Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board: 1:30 pm | Cruise: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Includes a rose for every mother and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa during boarding for adults age 21 or older

Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Board: 5:30 pm | Cruise: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

For reservations call 1-866-305-2469 or Book Your Cruise Online

Spirit Of Chicago Mother’s Day Cruises

Sunday, May 10
3 Boarding Times throughout the Day

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Get out on the water this Mother’s Day! Give Mom the day off and treat her to a special event full of festivities and fun aboard Spirit of Chicago. With a mouthwatering buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and spectacular views, this will surely be a Mother’s Day she’ll remember. Prices, excluding tax and gratuity, start at $54.90 per adult and $32.95 per child ages 3-12.

Early Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board: 10:30 am | Cruise: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Includes a beautiful spring flower for each mother and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for adults ages 21 and older

Afternoon Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Board: 2:30 pm | Cruise: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Includes a beautiful spring flower for each mother and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for adults ages 21 and older

Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Board: 6:00 pm | Cruise: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

To make reservations call 1-866-273-2469 or Book Your Cruise Online

Mystic Blue Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Sunday, May 10
Board: 11:30 am | Cruise: Noon – 2:00 pm

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Treat Mom to a special day aboard Mystic Blue. Enjoy a tasty brunch buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and amazing views of the Chicago skyline. This will be a Mother’s Day memory she’ll always cherish. Prices start at $59.90 per adult and $35.95 per child ages 3-12.

Book your cruise today on the Mystic Blue website here.

*Prices exclusive of taxes and fees. Includes a beautiful spring flower for each mother and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for adults ages 21 and older.

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.

Pandas: The Journey Home 3D

Now Playing

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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.

Chappie: The IMAX Experience

Opens Friday, March 6

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In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Cinderella: The IMAX Experience

Opens Friday, March 13

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This Disney live adaptation of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries after the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent An IMAX 3D Experience

Opens Friday, March 20

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

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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