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Chicago Dance Month Comes to Navy Pier

March 27, 2017

  March 27, 2017 Join Navy Pier in kicking off the fifth annual #ChicagoDanceMonth with an opening celebration on Monday, April 3 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Featuring performances from Giordano Dance II, Natya Dance Theater, Culture Shock Chicago, and Ayodele Drum and Dance, the evening will also include […]

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March 27, 2017

Join Navy Pier in kicking off the fifth annual #ChicagoDanceMonth with an opening celebration on Monday, April 3 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom.

Featuring performances from Giordano Dance II, Natya Dance Theater, Culture Shock Chicago, and Ayodele Drum and Dance, the evening will also include a conversation with HAMILTON co-dance captains and company members Yossi Chaikin and Gabriella Sorrentino, moderated by HMS Media Executive Producer, Scott Silberstein. This event is FREE but reservations are requested.

After the performance, chat with the artists during a reception of delightful drinks and appetizers at Navy Pier’s newest gastropub: Tiny Tavern. Tickets to the reception are limited but are still available for $50 here.

Organized by See Chicago Dance and Audience Architects, Chicago Dance Month was created in order to showcase the culturally rich dance community of Chicago. Aside from the dozens of dance performances taking place across Chicago in April, dance fans are encouraged to participate in the Open Doors, Open Spaces, a free program inviting the public to open rehearsals, classes, and more.

Navy Pier is joined by Block 37, Broadway in Chicago, the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Navy Pier and Wintrust Bank as a proud sponsor of this year’s Chicago Dance Month.

For the latest updates and deals on ALL Chicago Dance Month events, visit SeeChicagoDance.com.

 

The Yard: Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s New Stage

March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 Chicago Shakespeare Theater is the world-renowned entertainment staple at Navy Pier that has brought innovative twists to Shakespearean classics for years. The theater brings unique theatrical productions to Chicago and to Navy Pier, but it’s about to being something even more unique to the public: The Yard. What exactly is The Yard? […]

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March 20, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is the world-renowned entertainment staple at Navy Pier that has brought innovative twists to Shakespearean classics for years. The theater brings unique theatrical productions to Chicago and to Navy Pier, but it’s about to being something even more unique to the public: The Yard.

What exactly is The Yard? It’s the most exciting innovation from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. It will be a third, year-round performance venue for the wildly successful theatre company. The theater already offers the intimate 500-seat Courtyard Theater that is inspired by early modern English theaters as well as Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare that is a 200-seat studio offering the perfect setting for experimental shows.

The Yard is unique from all of those. It will be a fully flexible artistic platform that redefines the traditional relationship between artist and audience by creating a space that can move according to the needs of the production. It will allow the scale and vision of each production to shift according to the directors’ vision based on its moveable parts. What will this look like? The project designed by UK-based theater and acoustics consultancy firm Charcoalblue and Chicago-based Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture. The Yard consists of a movable set of 9 “towers” which can create a variety of performance arenas according to the needs of the show. The seating can thus range from an intimate 150 to a large 850.

The flexibility these 35,000 pound towers give is “state-of-the-imagination” technology to the venue that won’t limit artistic needs as venues sometimes can do. The Yard will have a two-level lobby that connects to Chicago Shakespeare’s current lobby and offers patrons a brand new space that they can gather before and after performances. The lobby’s floor to ceiling windows offer the best views of Navy Pier’s harbor the gorgeous Chicago skyline.

Set to open in the fall of 2017, The Yard will bring Chicago Shakespeare Theater together to be a three-theater campus that will offer more productions, more artistic opportunities, and increase the service of the theater to the public.

 

Impulse: An Interactive Art Exhibit Featuring Lights, Music, and Seesaws

March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 This spring, Navy Pier is offering city dwellers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to create music and art with seesaws.  The exhibit, created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Montreal-based performing arts theater Quartier des Spectacles, features 15 seesaws ranging from 16 to 24 feet in length. Each is equipped with […]

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March 10, 2017

This spring, Navy Pier is offering city dwellers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to create music and art with seesaws

The exhibit, created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Montreal-based performing arts theater Quartier des Spectacles, features 15 seesaws ranging from 16 to 24 feet in length. Each is equipped with spectacular LED lighting, unique sounds, and motion-sensory technology. Guests can activate illuminations and audible tones while moving on the seesaws (or teeter-totters, depending on who you ask). The display is entirely interactive and encourages pier-goers to make music and art together.

The exhibit, inspired by the cover art of the 1979 Joy Division album, Unknown Pleasures, symbolizes the relationship between both visuals and sound. This will be its second time in the United States, the first being Scottsdale, Arizona. The exhibit has also been featured in Montreal, Brussels, and London.

Be sure to check out these incredible urban instruments before they leave later this spring! Impulse is located in Polk Bros Park from March 10 – May 21, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Evening in Bloom 2017: Fashion, Food, and Flowers

March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017 In the midst of winter in Chicago, we can’t stop thinking ahead to the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which comes to the Pier March 18 – March 26, 2017. The theme of the show this year is “Chicago’s Blooming,” meaning that many of the exhibits and events throughout the show […]

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March 2, 2017

In the midst of winter in Chicago, we can’t stop thinking ahead to the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which comes to the Pier March 18 – March 26, 2017. The theme of the show this year is “Chicago’s Blooming,” meaning that many of the exhibits and events throughout the show will be inspired and focused on diverse Chicago neighborhoods. Of the many exciting events happening throughout the week, no event will reflect this theme more than “Evening In Bloom,” the charity preview benefit that kicks off the entire show on March 17 (yes, St. Patrick’s Day). Here are just a few reasons why you should attend this year’s kickoff event.

The 2017 Beneficiaries

The three beneficiaries of this year’s charity event are Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Fund, and Pilot Light, all Chicago-based organizations that work hard to improve our community. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a collective connected to Garfield Park Conservatory that is dedicated to maintaining the popular nature reserve and serving its visitors. The IRA Educational Fund provides education and scholarships for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Pilot Light works closely with low-income public schools to provide healthy food education for students. With incredible organizations like these, you know your ticket purchase will be supporting causes that make Chicago a better city.

The Fashion

Unlike years prior, this year’s Evening in Bloom will feature the Fleurotica Fashion Show. In collaboration with Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, artists and designers will create original outfits constructed entirely of flowers, plants, and other natural products. Several Chicago fashion icons will be participating in this uniquely nature-inspired show. You won’t want to miss this special blend of flora and fashion.

The VIPs

Beyond the charities and fashion appeal, there will also be some fairly important people attending this event, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, who just so happen to be the Honorary Co-Chairs for Fleurotica. Emanuel, Rule, and 1,000 other VIP attendees will get to experience all of the beauty of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and its breathtaking exhibits before it is open to the public. Evening in Bloom will be the kickoff event of the year, so be sure and purchase your tickets now.

World’s Largest Indoor Cocktail Crawl

February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 March is a big month for celebrating. Besides the warmer weather that comes with the first day of spring, the month also hosts the popular drinking holiday we call St. Patrick’s Day. While many associate St. Patrick’s Day with beer-drinking, you may want to consider adding some cocktails to your March this […]

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February 24, 2017

March is a big month for celebrating. Besides the warmer weather that comes with the first day of spring, the month also hosts the popular drinking holiday we call St. Patrick’s Day. While many associate St. Patrick’s Day with beer-drinking, you may want to consider adding some cocktails to your March this year, since Navy Pier will be hosting the World’s Largest Indoor Cocktail Crawl on Saturday March 4th from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Here are three reasons you should make plans to attend this classy event.

The Perks

Buying a ticket to this cocktail crawl comes with a variety of benefits. Each ticket includes 5 cocktail samples (specialized for this specific Crawl), a ride on our Centennial Wheel, a souvenir tasting glass, entry into a raffle for door prizes, and access to tons of games, activities, and other entertainment. Think of it as an exclusive ride on our world-famous Ferris wheel with games, souvenirs, and drinks included.

Group Rates

General admission tickets are $45 each, but group rates are available and generous. For groups of 6 or more, each individual ticket is brought down to $35. That means you have even more money to splurge with at the event and even more friends there to enjoy it with you.

It’s the World’s Largest

When we say “World’s Largest,” we aren’t speaking metaphorically. This event is being organized by Players Sport & Social Group, the masterminds behind events such as “World’s Largest Mardi Gras Crawl” and “OFFICIAL: St. Paddy’s Day.” Everything that this company does is “go big or go home.” This pretty much guarantees you a good time filled with drinks, friends, and the official bragging rights of telling everyone else that you attended the World’s LARGEST Indoor Cocktail Crawl.

If even one of the reasons listed above peaked your interest, you should definitely consider attending this banger of an event. Buy your tickets here to start off March in the world’s largest fashion!

Warm-hearted Plays at Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Get You through the Winter Season

February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 With the brisk Chicago winter weather outside, there’s no better season to bundle up in the theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier consistently offers world-class performances year-round featuring a variety of theatrical works. This season is no exception. Here are three fabulous shows currently running that are sure to warm your […]

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February 16, 2017

With the brisk Chicago winter weather outside, there’s no better season to bundle up in the theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier consistently offers world-class performances year-round featuring a variety of theatrical works. This season is no exception. Here are three fabulous shows currently running that are sure to warm your heart this winter.

The Book of Joseph (January 29 – March 5)

Director Barbara Gaines stages the world premiere of Karen Hartman’s Holocaust drama The Book of Joseph. The play chronicles the real-life story of Joseph Hollander and the Hollander family as his son, Richard, discovers a family and legacy he never knew existed. Secrets that have spanned several generations, continents, and wars rise to the surface in this emotional family drama. Come see the production critics are raving about (including the Chicago Tribune, which gave it four out of four stars). Buy tickets for The Book of Joseph here.

Love’s Labor’s Lost (February 7 – March 26)

Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy makes its way back to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage in the latest production directed by Marti Maraden. This romp of a play follows King Ferdinand of Navarre and his entourage as they commit to three years of chastity while pursuing scholarly endeavors. However, plans change when the French Princess and her flirtatious friends arrive on the scene. Chaos ensues, puns fly, and wordplay rules in this comedy about young love that teaches real-life lessons. Buy tickets for Love’s Labor’s Lost here.

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (February 25 – March 25)

Director Marti Lyons brings one of Shakespeare’s most famous works to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage with this 75-minute adaptation. Using Shakespeare’s original words, the story of forbidden young love between two families is told, as Romeo and Juliet succumb to the folly of infatuation amidst heated familial rivalry. This show is recommended for ages 10+, and there will be a post-show discussion with the cast after each performance. Buy your Romeo and Juliet tickets here.

These are only a few of the incredible productions planned for the 2017 season. See you at the theater right here at Navy Pier!

Free Fitness by FFC at Navy Pier

February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 In the midst of New Year’s Resolution season, going to the gym can be a fairly hectic experience. If the additional members are hindering your exercise routine, don’t worry. For the months of February and March, you can skip the monthly gym payment and take advantage of FREE fitness classes happening at […]

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February 9, 2017

In the midst of New Year’s Resolution season, going to the gym can be a fairly hectic experience. If the additional members are hindering your exercise routine, don’t worry. For the months of February and March, you can skip the monthly gym payment and take advantage of FREE fitness classes happening at Navy Pier all month. Get a great workout with a great view at Navy Pier with amazing fitness opportunities provided by local organizations.

“Resolution Revolution” powered by Formula Fitness Clubs

Honor your fitness resolutions with this intense hour of exercise. Stop by the Cultural Corner of the Food Experience every Tuesday and Thursday in February and March at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm for an active workout class led by FFC professionals. Be sure to bring your workout apparel, because you’ll definitely be breaking a sweat in these classes.

Yoga Sundays from Vibeup Yoga

Start your Sunday mornings right with yoga and yoga-inspired workouts on Lake Michigan. Vibeup Yoga is bringing in different instructors from around the globe to lead classes on various yoga styles in Lakeview Terrace on Sundays 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Here’s the schedule:

February 5th – “Yoga Sculpt” instructed by Leigh Cohen (CorePower Yoga)

February 12th – “Ashtanga Yoga” instructed by Amy Beth (Yoga Now Yoga)

February 19th – “CorePower Yoga 2” instructed by Chelsea Gartner (CorePower Yoga)

February 26th – “Vinyasa Yoga Flow” instructed by Amber Cook (Amber Cook Yoga)

March 5th – “Hip Hop Flow” instructed by Gina Marsciano (Gina Marciano Yoga)

March 12th – “Yoga” instructed by James Tennant (Tejas Yoga)

March 19th – “Yoga” instructed by Piper-Lori Parker (Zen Yoga Garage)

From the physical intensity of yoga workouts with Yoga Sculpt and CorePower to the mindful breathing exercises of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, this yoga lineup features a little piece of everything the yoga world can offer. You can attend on certain days to achieve your personal yoga goals or come every week to get the full Navy Pier yoga experience.

With three free fitness classes a week for the next eight weeks, Navy Pier is your destination for scenic Chicago exercise. So lace up those shoes and take the Lake Shore Path straight to Navy Pier for one of the best fitness deals in the city. 2017 is your year.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017 Chicago might be in the midst of winter, but we at Navy Pier are looking forward to one of the most beloved Chicago spring-time traditions: the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, coming to the Pier March 18 – 26, 2017. Since 1847, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show has served as one […]

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February 2, 2017

Chicago might be in the midst of winter, but we at Navy Pier are looking forward to one of the most beloved Chicago spring-time traditions: the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, coming to the Pier March 18 – 26, 2017.

Since 1847, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show has served as one of the biggest flower and garden events, uniting gardeners and gardening enthusiasts from all around the world. This year, the show is inspired by the theme of celebrating Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. With over 20 different unique featured gardens prepared by professional vendors, you will be completely immersed into the world of the green thumb via Chicago-style innovation.

Don’t fret, foodies, this event is for you as well. Throughout this weeklong event, you can check out the Mariano’s Garden Gourmet Stage for professional garden-inspired culinary demonstrations and presentations. Sample incredibly tasty recipes made from fresh ingredients. Then take the recipes and techniques home with you to use in your own home garden!

Alongside the gorgeous gardens and fresh food will be seminars and keynote speeches from professional gardeners from around the world. Learn insider tips and tricks from some of the most successful and dedicated gardeners around to make your own garden blossom even more.

Did we mention the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is also very kid-friendly? From interactive gardens to educational workshops, kids will experience hours of hands-on entertainment and education simultaneously. Fun for the entire family!

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is also home to the annual Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association (CARBA) Cake Decorating Competition. On Sunday, March 20th watch the very best bakers Chicago has to offer go head-to-head in a fiercely creative day of cake decorating. This event alone is a dazzling experience you won’t want to miss.

After experiencing all that this year’s show has to offer, head on over to the expansive Home and Garden Marketplace to purchase all of the equipment and supplies you need to make your garden beautiful. A rich variety of vendors will display products for all types of gardeners, whether you are experienced in the craft or looking to start a garden of your own for the very first time. This marketplace is a hub for all things gardening, placing everything you need right at your fingertips.

Tickets for the show are now available at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show’s website for adult and child one-day passes. Experience the beauty of nature this spring at Navy Pier!

Valentine’s Day at Navy Pier

January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier? If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of […]

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January 27, 2017

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier?

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of skyline views, champagne, and music to dance the night away.

Looking to stay on land? No problem! There are plenty of activities happening all along the pier. Riva Crabhouse will be featuring a special a three course pre-fixe menu for couples, and why not attend Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost for dinner and a show?

There’s always time for an intimate walk along the pier before heading home. Enjoy carnival games, souvenir shopping and a ride in a heated car on the Centennial Wheel for stunning views of the city.

From everyone here at Navy Pier, we want to wish you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day! Check below for cruise booking information and reservation info for Riva Crabhouse and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Centennial Wheel Selfie Station

Love makes the wheel go ’round this February 14th! In honor of National Ferris Wheel Day, which also happens to be Valentine’s Day, the Pier will transform the Centennial Wheel into a giant spinning photo booth, with Valentine’s Day-themed props in each gondola to encourage photo taking and sharing. In addition, couples waiting in line will be randomly selected throughout the day for a special upgrade to the VIP gondola, offering a private, premium experience with four plush seats and a glass bottom for a unique view below.

Odyssey Cruises

Dinner: Feb. 11 & 14 | Boarding: 6 pm | Cruising: 7- 10 pm

Brunch: Feb. 12 | Boarding: 12 pm | Cruising: 1 – 3 pm

The romantic evening you have been waiting for is out on the water. Join Odyssey for a Valentine’s Day weekend dinner or brunch cruise. Enjoy stunning skyline views, delicious entrees and complimentary champagne, with plenty of romantic music so you can slow dance beneath the stars. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.  

Book your cruise today and save 20% when you use promo code VDAY20 by February 3rd.

 

Spirit of Chicago Cruises

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Dinner: Feb. 11th & 14th | Boards: 6 pm | Cruises: 7 – 10 pm

Brunch: Feb. 12 | Boards: 12:15 pm | Cruises: 1 – 3 pm

Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable aboard a Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Day weekend brunch or dinner cruise. Treat the one you love to a delicious, freshly prepared meal and a night of DJ entertainment, complimentary champagne and moonlit walks with iconic skyline views. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.

Book your cruise today and save 20% by using promo code VDAY20 before Feb. 3rd.

Riva Crab House at Navy Pier

With gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, there couldn’t be a better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Riva is offering a three course prix-fixe menu for couples from Feb. 11 – 14 for only $130 per couple. The menu includes choice of three delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with a complimentary glass of champagne. Reserve your table today by visiting their website, or by calling (312) 644-7482.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Learn a thing or two about love at Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When King Ferdinand attempts to commit his kingdom to chastity and scholarly activities for three long years, his courtiers reluctantly agree. But rules are meant to be broken, and when the French Princess and her entourage arrive, the young men of Navarre struggle to maintain their promise in this witty satire about lust and love.

Buy your tickets before they disappear!

Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 at Navy Pier

January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017 Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days […]

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January 19, 2017

Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days of food celebration. This event is big, and Navy Pier is right in the middle of it. Here are just a few reasons why Navy Pier should be on your list of destinations during the 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.

First Bites Bash

This year’s kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week is a night you will not want to miss. Spend the evening tasting food samples from over 60 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. Toast the evening away with local wines and spirits. The best part? A portion of the proceeds generated from the First Bites Bash will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Be the first to experience Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 all while supporting a great cause by making plans to attend the First Bites Bash, Friday January 26th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Buy tickets here.

Odyssey Chicago Restaurant Week Cruises

Good food with a view! Experience superior cuisine while cruising around Lake Michigan. For an exclusive Chicago Restaurant Week price, you can take in the delicious flavors of the city while also taking in the gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline. All cruises dock at Navy Pier. Book your cruise here.

Riva Crabhouse Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago’s premier lakeside seafood restaurant has pulled out all of the stops for their Chicago Restaurant Week Prix Fixe menu. For $22, enjoy a three-course lunch featuring clam chowder or organic greens for the first course, blackened seabass, spaghetti de mare, or roasted chicken breast for the second, and Crème Brule or gelato for dessert. With a $44 dinner ticket, you can expect a three-course dinner featuring lobster bisque or organic greens to start, a “sizzling seafood feast” for the main course, and flourless chocolate cake or gelato for dessert. Combined with the stunning view of Chicago’s lakefront, this menu is sure to please any foodie, tourist or local. Make a reservation here.

 

The 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week from January 27 – February 9 is sure to bring an unfathomable amount of new and exciting flavors and dishes to the forefront of Chicago’s culinary scene. To get the full experience, Navy Pier is a vital destination. See a full lineup of participating restaurants at choosechicago.com. In the meantime, build up that appetite. You’ll need it!

Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd Returns to Navy Pier

January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 Navy Pier is proud to call a city so full of culture home, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to go in each neighborhood to have the richest cultural experiences. Lucky for you we’ve brought them together, all in one place! Learn more about the cultural foundation of our fair city […]

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Neighborhoods of the World

January 13, 2017

Navy Pier is proud to call a city so full of culture home, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to go in each neighborhood to have the richest cultural experiences.

Lucky for you we’ve brought them together, all in one place! Learn more about the cultural foundation of our fair city this spring during the 7th Annual Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd.

Join us as we honor a different nation each Sunday, beginning February 12 through March 26,  in our indoor paradise known as the Crystal Gardens. We’ve collaborated with Chicago’s top community organizations, consulates, and museums to bring you the finest in traditional music, dance, clothing, art, and of course, cuisine.

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And did we mention that it’s free?

Get a taste of  Chicago’s Polish, Greek, Lithuanian, Italian and Hispanic heritage while reveling in their live entertainment, food and fashion.

Commemorate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster with us on the first day of the festival, Sunday, February 12.

On February 26, experience Brazil’s Carnival in a tropical atmosphere without ever having to the comfort of Chicago.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

Sunday, February 12: Celebrate Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 19: Celebrate Poland

Sunday, February 26: Celebrate Brazil’s Carnival

Sunday, March 5: Celebrate Italy

Sunday, March 12: Celebrate Lithuania

Sunday, March 19: Celebrate Mexico

Sunday, March 26: Celebrate Greece

With so much to explore, you are sure to expand your horizons more than ever before. Find more information about Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd at Navy Pier here.

 

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Comes to Navy Pier

January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017 The biennial Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival presented by Blair Thomas & Co. returns to Chicago January 19-29, 2017! Navy Pier is thrilled to host The Festival Neighborhood Tour on Saturday, January 21, as part of a larger series of puppet shows spanning six locations across the city. This year’s fest features […]

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January 6, 2017

The biennial Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival presented by Blair Thomas & Co. returns to Chicago January 19-29, 2017! Navy Pier is thrilled to host The Festival Neighborhood Tour on Saturday, January 21, as part of a larger series of puppet shows spanning six locations across the city.

This year’s fest features some of the most prominent local, national and international performers in the industry – Schroeder Cherry, Interstate Arts and Magali Chouinard performing their works as well as leading workshops and presentations throughout the day. Families are invited to enjoy a full day of FREE entertainment, or drop in on workshops and performances as they please.

Performances

All performances are FREE and open to the public and take place Saturday, January 21st at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. No reservations are required.


The White Woman – Magali Chouinard brings thirty years of experience to the stage in this fascinating piece exploring solitude as a space where we can discover our true selves. Through silence and deliberate action, and by diverting from a linear narrative, this performance invites audiences to lose themselves in Chouinard’s poetic universe.

PLAY with your Food – This hilarious and bizarre performance, originally crafted by Detroit-based Interstate Arts, is a family-friendly experience featuring a vast, colorful lineup of puppets exploring the many ways we enjoy food! Audience members are encouraged to learn urban gardening, participate in cooking tutorials, and  “turnip the beet” with a veggie synth!

Underground Railroad, Not A Subway –  A moving and introspective performance directed by Schroeder Cherry centering around a young boy who escapes slavery and is running North to freedom. Along the way he meets many people that influence his fate, including free blacks, slave catchers and sympathetic whites. Featuring a wide variety of hand-crafted rod, hand and wooden puppets, this piece illustrates the complexity of race relations during the Civil War.

If you are interested in attending any additional performances, workshops, or lectures, please visit The Chicago Puppet Theater Festival website for venue locations, times and reservation information.

6th Annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier

December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016 It finally happened. After 108 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs are finally world series champs! We couldn’t be more proud of our city and our team and are ecstatic for the 6th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up presented by Conagra Brands and the Wood Family Foundation at Harry Caray’s Tavern on January […]

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December 29, 2016

It finally happened.

After 108 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs are finally world series champs! We couldn’t be more proud of our city and our team and are ecstatic for the 6th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up presented by Conagra Brands and the Wood Family Foundation at Harry Caray’s Tavern on January 13, 2017.  

The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by MLB veteran, Kerry Wood, and his wife, Sarah, raising funds and awareness for children’s programs and charities across Chicagoland. Since its inception in 2011, WFF has sponsored summer baseball leagues for underprivileged youth, held multiple back-to-school drives, and recently aided in creating a playroom for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

This year’s festivities promise to be spectacular! General admission tickets are $250 per guest and include live music, premium drinks, and a first-class dinner buffet. Also be sure to bid on your favorite items during our silent and live auctions and enter the raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

This is your chance to meet, mingle and snap a picture with the 2016 world champion Chicago Cubs, as well as meet other past and present sports celebrities from the Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks as they bartend for tips to support WFF, developing youth programs for Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood through afterschool and summer mentoring programs.

Doors open at 8:00 pm for booth and sponsors and 8:30 pm for general admission guests. For more information, please visit The Wood Family Foundation official website

Navy Pier is giving away tickets to this SOLD OUT event! To enter, click here

A Navy Pier New Year’s Eve

December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016 In Chicago, there are so many unique and fun ways to ring in the New Year, but it can be a little daunting trying to choose which is the best for you and your family. Luckily, we at Navy Pier have gathered all the events happening here into one easy list to […]

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December 23, 2016

In Chicago, there are so many unique and fun ways to ring in the New Year, but it can be a little daunting trying to choose which is the best for you and your family.

Luckily, we at Navy Pier have gathered all the events happening here into one easy list to make your 2017 the most enjoyable year yet. Some events require tickets, so be sure to click the link on each for full details about the event.

The Classics – Perfect for the Whole Family

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Noon Year’s Eve: Sometimes staying up until midnight can be hard for people of all ages. For those looking for an early celebration, join the Chicago’s Children’s Museum starting at 10:30am where children can make their own crafts and wait for the dance party at 11:30 and ball drop at noon!

New Year’s Eve at Harry Caray’s Tavern: Join us at Chicago’s famous Harry Caray’s Tavern for a night of handcrafted pizzas, burgers and cocktails until the fireworks at midnight. Open to all ages, we have a prime view of the south dock and the firework display. And for the adults, there is a champagne toast at midnight!

Fireworks: The Navy Pier New Year’s Eve fireworks presented by Miller Lite and Jewel-Osco will take place at approximately 12:00am.

For more info on these events click here.

For the Foodie – For a NYE Dining Experience

New Year’s Eve at Riva Crab House: Join Riva Crab house to ring in 2017 with a little twist. From 5:00pm-2:00am, guests 21+ will receive complimentary Hors d’oeuvres, DJ, Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, hats and noisemakers.

DMK Burger Bar & Fish Bar New Year’s Eve: Get tickets to DMK’s exciting New Year’s celebration. For $95, guest get an open bar from 8:30pm-12:30am, DMK bites all night, champagne toast at midnight and more. Not to mention the prime view of the famous fireworks display!

Cruise into 2017 – A Night on Lake Michigan

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Odyssey New Years Cruises: With a ticket on the Odyssey Cruises, you and your friends can toast the night away with a plated dinner, DJ, and Platinum Open Bar. Must be 21+ Tickets available for Saturday 12/31 and Sunday 1/1.

Mystic Blue New Year’s Eve Cruises:  Hop aboard the Mystic Blue Cruises for a delicious buffet, live entertainment, Platinum Open Bar, and amazing views of the Chicago skyline! Must be 21+

Spirit of Chicago New Year’s Cruises: With options for lunch and dinner, The Spirit of Chicago can accommodate revelers of all ages. Enjoy food from our buffet menu, live entertainment and amazing views of the city from Lake Michigan. Champagne toasts at Noon and Midnight for those 21+

For a Big Bash…

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The 5th Annual Resolution Gala: This is one of our most exciting and unique events on New Year’s Eve! Grab some friends, say farewell to 2016 and toast to 2017 in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Headlined by B96’s own DJ Metro, you can dance the night away with a fully stocked bar, the best buffet selection, and supreme views of the fireworks. Doors open at 8:15pm and you must be 21+ to enter.

Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve:  For the last 10 years, this party has been the talk of Chicago. Tickets include top shelf drinks, midnight champagne toast, private terrace to watch the fireworks, red carpet photos, special guest DJs and so much more! Must be 21+ to enter with cocktail/semi formal attire required.

With plenty of options, you are now equipped with Navy Pier’s ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve! Be sure to stop by for the best (and last) night of the year. Remember to celebrate responsibly and from all of us here, have a Happy New Year!!

First Bites Bash at Navy Pier

December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016 Chicago Restaurant Week is one of the most anticipated events this city has to offer. For those that can’t wait to dive right into Chicago’s best dishes, Choose Chicago produced the First Bites Bash, an exciting sneak preview to the weeklong extravaganza. We are so excited to be the kickoff location for the […]

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December 16, 2016

Chicago Restaurant Week is one of the most anticipated events this city has to offer. For those that can’t wait to dive right into Chicago’s best dishes, Choose Chicago produced the First Bites Bash, an exciting sneak preview to the weeklong extravaganza.

We are so excited to be the kickoff location for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week with the First Bites Bash, which will be held in the Aon Grand Ballroom. For this unique dining experience, we have rolled out the red foodie carpet!

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During the First Bites Bash, guests will have the opportunity to get dressed up, sample some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, sip on tasty drinks and hear from the city’s top chefs. Proceeds from this event will also benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Chef Sarah Grueneberg, of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, will host this year’s event. Chef Grueneberg skyrocketed from line cook to executive chef at the famed Chicago restaurant, Spiaggia. During her time as Executive Chef there, Spiaggia was awarded three consecutive Michelin Stars. 

Whether you consider yourself a “foodie” or not, there is something for everyone at this magnificent food festival. This year, over 60 top restaurants and chefs will be in attendance including: Carnivale, Fig & Olive, Il Porcelino, Tavern on Rush, Pinstripes, and much more!


So grab a friend, taste the best food the city has to offer and help out your fellow Chicagoans! Then get ready for the weeklong dining showcase that is Chicago Restaurant Week.

The First Bites Bash will be held January 26, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. There is a limited quantity of Early Bird Admission tickets at $95 per person. Once those have run out, tickets are $125 per person, so act fast! All guests must be 21 years or over.

To purchase tickets and see a complete list of vendors click here

Favorite Attractions at Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016 The most wonderful time of the year is here, and so is the most winter-full indoor playground, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. Now in its 16th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 8. And with 170,000 square feet of attractions, there are a wide array of […]

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December 8, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and so is the most winter-full indoor playground, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

Now in its 16th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 8. And with 170,000 square feet of attractions, there are a wide array of wonderful ways to celebrate the holiday with your family, from ice skating to decor.

Attractions include a giant decorated tree, ice skating, hang gliding, a carousel, twirling hot cocoa cups, a starry slide and – of course – Santa and Mrs. Claus.  

Make your trip even more magical and convenient by purchasing tickets in advance to skip the line. Plus, getting to Navy Pier is simple with public transit options, on-site parking and our Free Trolley service.

Plan your trip to Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest with these must-see attractions.

Giant Decorated Tree

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[Photo: Heidi Zeiger]

The sparkling centerpiece of the Winter WonderFest is a 42-foot tree, decked in lights, gift boxes and dangling ornaments. It’s the ideal photo op that will leave you in awe.

Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink

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Hit the ice without the “brr” on our indoor rink. Show off your pirouettes or help your pint-sized little ones have their first family-friendly skate. Purchase of an activity ticket is required.

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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Whisper your heart’s desire (even if it’s that elusive Red Rider) to the Mr. and Mrs. from the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Claus Residence from Dec. 2-24, and your child can meet with them or an elf. Professional photographers will be on-site to capture the magical moment.

Ferris Wheel

2015 Winter Wonderland Preview Night
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See it all from above with our special, indoor Ferris wheel. This 50-foot Ferris wheel is the best way to capture the view of the entire festival.

The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens at 10 a.m. daily, with closing times varying by day. The festival is closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. Rides are subject to restrictions based on height and ticket type, so be sure to visit our guide to ensure your guests of all ages have a wonderful time.

Celebrate the Holidays at Navy Pier

November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration. Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting […]

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November 29, 2016

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Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.

Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa in Polk Bros Park. With caroling, live entertainment and plenty of holiday magic, this event is a sure hit for all.

On December 3, witness thousands of Santas dashing, dancing, and prancing along a lakefront course full of candy, cookies, and all of your favorite holiday imagery. We’re looking forward to hosting the post-race festivities full of food and drink specials from a variety of partners.

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Experience the best of the season at the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest through January 8. Featuring photo opportunities, rides, the Chicago Blackhawks indoor skating rink and more, the Fest offers fun for the whole family.

Various Chicago musical groups will perform in Polk Bros Park on Saturday December 3, 10, and 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m during Jingle Jamz. The green gateway to the Pier will feature various commended groups like the Wicker Park Choral Singers, Soul Children of Chicago, and Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.

Warm up with the flavors of Chicago when you visit the pier. Help us welcome neighborhood favorites like Brown Sugar Bakery and DMK Burger Bar or revel in classics such as Billy Goat Tavern, Harry Caray’s, Riva Crabhouse or Garrett Popcorn. Food court classics like McDonald’s are on site as well.

Navy Pier is also the home of destinations like the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, an AMC IMAX Theatre, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. With several fun holiday activities for the little ones, the Chicago Children’s Museum is a great destination to beat the winter blues.

The Centennial Wheel is of course, our pièce de résistance. Savor the sights of the city day or night from the comfort of our climate-controlled gondolas. Illinois residents can take advantage of discounted Centennial Wheel tickets and reduced parking fees through the winter.

To learn more about holiday happenings on Navy Pier, click here.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest 2016

November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family. Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant […]

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November 17, 2016

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We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family.

Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant Holiday Howdy Horse, Christmas tree, and visits with Santa are the perfect place to capture photos for those holiday cards.

Taking our Hot Cocoa Cups for a spin is the best way to beat cabin fever. Rise above the fair on the Cliff Hanger or our indoor Ferris wheel.

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Let loose on our inflatable attractions. Challenge your friends and family to a race down the Arctic Plunge or dive through the Polar Extreme obstacle course.

Our Jingle Gym Jr. is full of fun for our younger guests. Attractions like Snowball Blitz, the Gumball Bouncer, an Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course and more cater to those 36” and under.

The whole family is welcome to try their hand on our mini golf course and Aquafina Create-A-Cookie House. Skate like your favorite Chicago Blackhawks on the indoor ice rink that shares their namesake.

Your imagination can soar as you scale our Ice Peaks Climbing Wall and take a polar plunge on one of our many slides.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens everyday at 10 am, December 2 through January 8 and will be closed on Christmas. Find more information about our hours here.

Make a day out of Winter WonderFest and purchase your tickets online. Our Activity Pass includes admission and access to all of the rides and activities. The Mini Pass is perfect for younger kids or adults that are simply accompanying their children. Learn more about the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at navypier.com/winter-wonderfest

3 Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016 Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a […]

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November 11, 2016

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Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a bang.

Battle of the Bard

Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have combined their unparalleled talent once again for the high school Shakespeare slam, Battle of the Bard (BOTB). This year, the program expanded to include 50 schools and 300 high school students across the Chicago and metropolitan area, allowing them to perform their own creative renditions of Shakespeare’s canon in a slam-style arena. Building on the universality of Shakespeare’s ability to speak to all, student performances combine the playwright with experiences from their own lives, developing a unique culture of community throughout the Chicago region.

This isn’t your average student theater program, and is one seasonal event you won’t want to miss. The Final Bout will be performed by the nine top-scoring teams from the Prelims on Monday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.

Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths

‘Tis the season of laughter, joy, and everything in between. Spymonkey, the United Kingdom’s leading physical comedy company, will be performing The Complete Deaths from Nov. 30th to Dec. 11th upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare A World’s Stage.

There are over 70 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar to Hamlet, and Spymonkey will be reenacting all of them with an emotional twist. While the performances of each tragic fate vary, humor is always expected. This highly anticipated play will leave you shaking your belly like a bowl full of jelly, in the somber and hysterical tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Shakespeare Tonight!

Swing into the holiday season with an inspiring and heartwarming musical event, Shakespeare Tonight!, on December 5. This mesmerizing marriage of Shakespeare and cabaret will feature top cabaret and musical theater performers from Chicago and beyond. Written by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director, Bob Mason, with musical direction and arrangements by nationally renowned cabaret artist, Beckie Menzie, this captivating performance is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a new light.

Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention

November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016 Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier:  A Century of Reinvention.” In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of […]

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November 4, 2016

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Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier:  A Century of Reinvention.”

In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre and the Chicago Children’s Museum, as well as that of several special events, Navy Pier has served as an epicenter for culture in Chicago.

The world’s largest public pier and most visited leisure destination of the midwest recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In honor of our history and future to come, the Pier’s “Centennial Vision,” has enhanced the Pier through new dining options as well as visually stunning landscape and design features. The first part of the vision became a reality this summer with the unveiling of the Polk Bros Park Plaza at the beginning of the Pier, a greener and more contemporary South Dock promenade, the Polk Bros Park Fountain and of course, the installation of the Centennial Wheel.

Join Geoffrey Baer as he shares some little-known history of the Pier in an hour long special for PBS. Hailing from the northern suburbs, Baer is known for hosting or producing more than twenty various series for PBS including “10 That Changed America” and “Where in Chicago? With Geoffrey Baer.”

Geoffrey Baer’s “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention” premiered on WTTW Chicago last month and is available to stream for free on WTTW’s website.

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