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Navy Pier On Instagram

Navy Pier On Instagram

May 13, 2015

Are you following us on Instagram at @navypierchicago? We’ve been seeing a lot of Instagram love lately and we’d like to share some of our favorite photos that you’ve taken of us! Keep them coming all summer long!  We’re so excited that the Landshark Beer Garden is opening up this month… So hopefully you’ll take […]

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Are you following us on Instagram at @navypierchicago? We’ve been seeing a lot of Instagram love lately and we’d like to share some of our favorite photos that you’ve taken of us! Keep them coming all summer long! 

We’re so excited that the Landshark Beer Garden is opening up this month…

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So hopefully you’ll take a seat at the Pier as the weather gets warmer…

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Or maybe even take a boat ride on Lake Michigan…

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Or an adventure on the Odyssey…

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Now you’re really getting into the spirit.

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And you’re definitely taking a step in the right direction. 

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The entire Pier is just full of things to do this summer. 

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Are you starting to get into the swing of things?

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When you’re visiting the Pier, don’t forget to tag us @navypierchicago and enjoy summer with us! 

Chat with Artist Pete Nawara: Part Two

Chat with Artist Pete Nawara: Part Two

May 7, 2015

Have more questions about the Pier People mural? Artist Pete Nawara has answers! We love hearing him talk about this wonderful project – make sure you stop by the new food experience and ask him any questions of your own!  Q: What has been the public reaction to the mural? Q: How does it feel […]

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Have more questions about the Pier People mural? Artist Pete Nawara has answers! We love hearing him talk about this wonderful project – make sure you stop by the new food experience and ask him any questions of your own! 

Q: What has been the public reaction to the mural?

Q: How does it feel to be a part of the reimagination of Navy Pier?

Q: What is the best part about painting at Navy Pier?

Pier People Chat with Artist Pete Nawara

Pier People Chat with Artist Pete Nawara

April 29, 2015

If you haven’t yet had a chance to speak with Pete Nawara, the artist responsible for the beautiful, hand-painted Pier People mural in the new food experience, we highly suggest you stop and chat with him! Pete and his team are at the Pier most days projecting or painting to complete this inspiring project. We took […]

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If you haven’t yet had a chance to speak with Pete Nawara, the artist responsible for the beautiful, hand-painted Pier People mural in the new food experience, we highly suggest you stop and chat with him! Pete and his team are at the Pier most days projecting or painting to complete this inspiring project. We took a moment to sit down with him – he answers our most pressing questions below. 

Q: What does the Pier People mural mean to you? 

Q: What has been your favorite figure to paint thus far?

Q: How is painting at the Pier different from your other projects? 

Look out for more commentary from Pete – and don’t forget to visit the mural progress! 

 

Every Day is Earth Day at Navy Pier

Every Day is Earth Day at Navy Pier

April 22, 2015

Today being Earth Day, we couldn’t think of a better day to highlight the sustainability efforts that have been underway for the reimagination of Navy Pier. This re-development project, designed by James Corner’s Field Operations, intends to make Navy Pier a greener, more contemporary space where tourists and locals alike can enjoy. With sweeping areas […]

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Today being Earth Day, we couldn’t think of a better day to highlight the sustainability efforts that have been underway for the reimagination of Navy Pier. This re-development project, designed by James Corner’s Field Operations, intends to make Navy Pier a greener, more contemporary space where tourists and locals alike can enjoy. With sweeping areas for recreational and community purposes, coupled with our ongoing ecological efforts, Navy Pier is well on its way to a miraculous makeover for its 100th anniversary in 2016.

The urban landscape on which Navy Pier calls home is an important part of our identity. However, elements of Lake Michigan and the environment are at the forefront of the reimagination so that Navy Pier can serve as a green oasis within our beautiful city. From additional foliage planted throughout the Pier to the installation of an advanced storm water management system, we are dedicated to being a greener, more sustainable city gem. We are particularly proud of the storm water system, as all rain runoff is designed to filter through an underground reservoir to be re-used for irrigation. Other greener decisions include using recycled concrete, locally-sourced landscaping, and reclaimed wood for seating areas.

All of these elements and more will factor into the Pier’s certification into the Sustainable SITES Initiative. This initiative has similarities and many of the same parameters to the well-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. Whereas the LEED program focuses on green buildings, SITES is specific to plans that do not include buildings or interior spaces. In addition, Navy Pier has implemented a 30-year Sustainable Master Plan to ensure that sustainability efforts stay top-of-pier, if you will. This plan focuses on decreasing the Pier’s use of water, improving waste management, increasing energy conservation, and reestablishing lake habitats.

It is the hope that the reimagination of Navy Pier will inspire more community programs and a social experience that will be available year-round to visitors. We continue to strive to make Navy Pier a source of delight for all those you visit. If you’ve visited the Pier recently, you’ve probably seen some of these projects in the works! Stay tuned on our website for more updates and announcements as we continue to celebrate Earth Day every day at Navy Pier! 

Sense and Sensibility: A Q & A with the Cast

Sense and Sensibility: A Q & A with the Cast

April 15, 2015

Navy Pier sat down with the leading women of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s new performance, Sense and Sensibility. Opening April 18, 2015, this Jane Austen classic has a new added twist: a special musical composition written by Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon created especially for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Needless to say, we were excited to speak with […]

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Navy Pier sat down with the leading women of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s new performance, Sense and Sensibility. Opening April 18, 2015, this Jane Austen classic has a new added twist: a special musical composition written by Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon created especially for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Needless to say, we were excited to speak with the actors playing the starring sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two ladies that are new to the CST stage, Sharon Rietkirk and Megan McGinnis, respectively.  Read on to learn more about their experiences with CST, how their offstage friendship helps their onstage performances, and their favorite things to do at the Pier!

This is your first performance with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. How has this been different from other theaters/casts you’ve performed with in the past?

SR: One of the most wonderful thing about working at Chicago Shakespeare Theater is that every single person I have come in contact with—from the marvelous wig and costume department, to company management, to the marketing department, to the stage crew—everyone has been welcoming, generous, and incredibly talented. I get the impression that everyone loves to work here, and that generates fantastic positive energy throughout the building.

MM: Chicago Shakespeare is such a supportive environment! Everyone who works at the theatre has been so kind and incredible to us. We are in such good hands with this creative team and this cast—it feels very comforting. I’ve never worked on such an extreme thrust stage before, so that has been an education! It’s pretty freeing though, so I’m excited to experience it with a live audience. It really allows you to feel the energy of everyone in the theatre.

What trait of your character do you believe is most important to capture on stage?

MM: My favorite thing about Marianne is how freely she expresses her emotions. I’ve often been told I wear my heart on my sleeve, so I certainly identify with Marianne’s desire to emote! But it’s such a wonderful thing, to be unfettered by society’s rules. The time period may instill in Marianne the ideas of “sense” —that she should remain the perfect lady and not show her emotions—but instead, she ignores those rules and embodies “sensibility.”

SR: I think Elinor is such a wonderful, interesting woman—she feels deeply and loves fiercely, but does not wear her heart on her sleeve. She is practical, but still passionate; I think the tension between the two is what makes her so fascinating (and relatable!).

For Sense and Sensibility, the chemistry of the Dashwood sisters is important. How did you work with your castmate to ensure a successful onstage relationship?

MM: I don’t have to work at all to ensure a successful relationship on stage with Sharon! How lucky am I—we are already good friends! We played sisters a year ago in another new musical, and became immediate friends. I was SO sad to leave her then, as she lives in San Francisco, so to be reunited again is just so fun. I’m grateful for the friend time with her, and grateful that it’s so easy to be on stage with her. I admire and respect her talent so much. Oh, and she is a dynamite cook and often makes us meals. Like I said, LUCKY!

SR: Megan and I have played sisters before, which is a great advantage for us. We have a friendship upon which to base our stage sisterhood. The love between us on stage is effortless. We trust each other, respect each other, and understand the other’s process. I am so grateful for Megan; she is such an incredible actor, scene partner, and friend.

How does the script of S&S differ from Jane Austen’s novel? What does the musical aspect bring that a regular play performance does not?

SR: The beauty of a musical adaptation of Sense & Sensibility is that through song, each character gets to express their inner thoughts and reveal the most secret parts of their hearts to the audience. While singing alone on stage, Elinor can admit feelings and hopes that she would never express in conversation with others. The way we communicate in song is very similar to a Shakespearean soliloquy, come to think of it. A perfect match for Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

MM: Our script is pretty faithful to the novel. Yes, there are some differences, but I was surprised how little I missed them when I read our script. I’m a huge fan of the novel, and Paul Gordon has captured these characters so well. It’s incredible. And to hear them SING—it’s the best way to show emotion. I was always told that a song begins when text can no longer support the emotion. And there is so much emotion in this story. Setting it to music seems appropriate.

If the audience captures one thing from your performance, what do you want it to be?

MM: The Dashwood sisters take such a journey in this story. I just want the audience to be able to hop on for the ride. I think they will enjoy it!

Do you have any special [rituals] idiosyncrasies or superstitions you follow before a performance? 

SR: My pre-show ritual is to do a bit of yoga. It loosens my muscles, relaxes my spirit, and tunes me into my breathing (which is so important for singing!); my body and voice is then warmed up and ready to hit the stage.

MM: I always warm up my voice. It was instilled in me early by my voice teacher. It’s kept my voice healthy all these years!

You’ve probably gotten to know Navy Pier very well — what’s your favorite thing to do here when you’re not rehearsing? 

SR: Megan and I have a habit of heading downstairs on our lunch break to share a cup of Intelligentsia coffee at Häagen-Dazs and a walk outside along the pier before heading back to work. You can’t beat the view which makes it a perfect mid-day pick-me-up.

MM: I love incredible views of Lake Michigan and the beautiful city of Chicago!

Around the World in Eight Weeks

Around the World in Eight Weeks

April 8, 2015

Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd is an entertaining yet educating series of events held each year at Navy Pier. For eight weeks each Sunday, a new group encompasses the Crystal Gardens with food, dance, and knowledge about its culture. This year was particularly special because artists Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier attended each […]

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Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd is an entertaining yet educating series of events held each year at Navy Pier. For eight weeks each Sunday, a new group encompasses the Crystal Gardens with food, dance, and knowledge about its culture. This year was particularly special because artists Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier attended each week to get inspiration for the hand-painted mural, Pier People – their progress can be found in the New Food Experience. If you didn’t get a chance to attend Neighborhoods of the World each Sunday, we thought we’d provide a taste of each celebrated culture with a photo recap. Enjoy!

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February 15, 2015: Celebrating India

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February 22, 2015: Celebrating Africa

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March 1, 2015: Celebrating China

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March 8, 2015: Celebrating Lithuania

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March 22, 2015: Celebrating The Philippines

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March 22, 2015: Celebrating Greece

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March 29, 2015: Celebrating Mexico

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Peer into the Pier People Mural

Peer into the Pier People Mural

April 2, 2015

The reimagination of Navy Pier has inspired many changes – both indoors and out. If you’ve taken a stroll through the new food experience, you have probably seen two artists – Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier – hard at work painting what is known as the Pier People mural, a celebration of the diversity represented by […]

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The reimagination of Navy Pier has inspired many changes – both indoors and out. If you’ve taken a stroll through the new food experience, you have probably seen two artists – Pete Nawara and Michael Pasier – hard at work painting what is known as the Pier People mural, a celebration of the diversity represented by the millions of locals and tourists that walk the Pier each year. Having partnered on previous projects, Nawara and Pasier felt up to the task of creating such a powerful and interpersonal piece of art.

It started out as a simple concept. For artist Nawara, the mural was always about using the Pier’s events and the people that attend as “subject-sourcing” for this creative endeavor. There was no better place to source the culturally-diverse guests of the Pier than at Neighborhoods of the World, so Nawara set up shop each Sunday to take pictures of anyone willing to participate.

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After taking thousands of pictures of potential subjects, the photographs are taken through an intense process of breaking down, editing, and processing until they are ready to be projected onto the Pier walls. Once projected, the subjects are traced and then painted with acrylic paint. Pasier explained, “Think paint by numbers…but without the numbers.” It sounds simple, but deciding who to feature on the wall and then depicting these individuals’ personalities is a huge undertaking – one that the artists have been eager to accomplish.

image6The time it takes to complete each figure depends on the complexity and detail of the subject and his or her outfit, especially since Nawara and Pasier have never painted the traditional costumes that some Neighborhoods of the World participants wear to represent their cultures. Capturing the personality and intricacies of each subject and what he or she represents has been incredibly important to the artists and to the Pier People concept as a whole. 

You’ll see the artists most days tracing, painting, and speaking with Pier visitors – they love to answer questions and get feedback from passersby. “It’s really important to let people in on the process,” stated Nawara. In fact, Pasier even noted that “the process has really become its own attraction.” The artists especially enjoy when children take a liking to the mural, because they hope to inspire a new generation of artists.

It isn’t just the visitors who enjoy stopping by and observing the progress, but the Navy Pier employees have taken a strong interest as well. If you have taken a walk past their work, it is no surprise as to why everyone has become enraptured by the project. Each figure tells its own story, but also adds to the celebration of cultures and diversity as a whole. We encourage you to keep tabs on the progress and look out for details about the finished project!

Pinot Days Chicago: Good to the Last Drop

Pinot Days Chicago: Good to the Last Drop

March 26, 2015

Pinot Days Chicago is a marvel for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers. Like a fine bottle of wine, the tasting affair has been perfected over the years. Whether you meander to a newcomer like the Benziger Family Winery booth, eager to share its biodynamic practices, or head over to an old favorite like the […]

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Pinot Days Chicago is a marvel for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers. Like a fine bottle of wine, the tasting affair has been perfected over the years. Whether you meander to a newcomer like the Benziger Family Winery booth, eager to share its biodynamic practices, or head over to an old favorite like the Trombetta Family Wines booth, you won’t be disappointed by the enthusiasm and gusto with which a winery representative will pour you a sip of pinot noir.

As Navy Pier’s Lakeview Terrace populated with Pinot Days go-ers last Saturday, the quiet excitement of unscrewing wine bottles filled the room.  Ask wine connoisseurs the best way to taste test wine, and you’ll undoubtedly get many answers. The most common is to compare several options side by side in order to create a nice range of palate. However, Dena Drews from Amalie Robert Estate hit a note with us when she quoted David Lett: “it should be approached like a beautiful woman – with respect, some knowledge, and great hopes.” Ironically, that was the mood of the crowd as well – some wine tasters were knowledgeable already, some were just hopeful to learn more, but all treated the experience with the utmost respect.

The regions and soil can have great significance on the tastes of each pinot noir. For example, Kendric Vineyards grows its grapes in Marin County, a location with a long growing season that can produce robust flavors of fruit or spice. Other grapes are grown in the Petaluma Gap, where a cooler climate produces full-bodied wines with a balanced taste. While the majority of the Pinot Days vineyards are located in the California area, there were a few from other regions, like Cornerstone Cellars Oregon. No matter what the location though, one thing was certain: all the wines were most definitely made from grapes. (A little wine humor for you.) For those of you looking to take your tasting skills out into the real world, we learned that most pinot noir wines can be paired with a serving of duck, pork, or salmon for a mouthwatering combination. The specialists at Sojourn Cellars even suggest serving up mushroom pizza with their bottles!

Even though choosing a favorite pinot noir would be like choosing a favorite child to most winemakers, we were pleasantly surprised that most would recommend another winery to try next on the stroll through Lakeview Terrace. But, we think Dena Drews from Amalie Robert Estate said it best, “my favorite wine is the one in my glass!” It was impossible to choose a favorite, because each winery brought a different story and flavor to the table. One thing’s for certain – we are most definitely fans of the vino!

If you attended Pinot Days Chicago over the weekend, we’d love for you to share your experience in the comments. If you missed it, keep an eye out for next year’s event – and check out the other events coming up at Navy Pier!

Sail into Spring

Sail into Spring

March 17, 2015

Spring is officially upon us come Friday, and as the weather becomes warmer, the Chicagoans slowly emerge from their winter slumbers. If you’re ready to take on the city once again, we have upcoming cruise events that you should keep your eye on! From holiday cruises for your Easter celebrations or Sunday brunch cruises for […]

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Spring is officially upon us come Friday, and as the weather becomes warmer, the Chicagoans slowly emerge from their winter slumbers. If you’re ready to take on the city once again, we have upcoming cruise events that you should keep your eye on! From holiday cruises for your Easter celebrations or Sunday brunch cruises for a leisurely end to the weekend, Odyssey and Spirit Cruise Lines are ready to help you sail into spring.

Spirit of Chicago Flower and Garden Show Cruises

Lunch Cruises: March 14, 17, 18, 20, 21

Brunch Cruises: March 15, 22

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show only comes around once a year, so you’ll want to experience as much as possible! Go aboard the Spirit of Chicago where the flower power continues! The cruises even include a professional floral arrangement demonstration.

Odyssey Full Moon Dinner Cruise

Saturday, April 4

Dining under the stars and moon is so much more romantic! That’s why Odyssey’s Full Moon Dinner Cruise is the perfect date night option. After eating an amazing meal prepared fresh onboard, see the Chicago skyline in all its glory as illuminated by the brilliant moon.

Mystic Blue Full Moon Dinner Cruise

Saturday, April 4

Dine deliciously aboard the Mystic Blue Full Moon Dinner Cruise! Romance is the theme as your dinner will be lit by the magnificence of the full moon. Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary? We know how to make the occasion extra special.

Spirit of Chicago Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5

With the Spirit of Chicago’s Easter Brunch Cruise, feel free to put all your eggs in one basket! Come celebrate the holiday aboard for brunch, DJ entertainment, and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny! Hop to it, and get tickets!

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

Sundays, Starting April 5

The Spirit of Chicago brings you a new cruise experience to try for Sunday Brunch! What’s brunch without Bloody Marys? Don’t worry, the Spirit has you covered. In addition to a great buffet-style brunch, the ship also sports a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. More olives, please!

Odyssey Easter Brunch Cruise

Sunday, April 5

Hop aboard the Odyssey on Easter Sunday, because you know the Easter Bunny will be! The special visitor plus a buffet-style brunch will equal a stress-free Easter outing for you and the family!

See the Sights with Shoreline

See the Sights with Shoreline

March 10, 2015

Locals and visitors alike can see and learn about Chicago’s landmarks aboard Shoreline Sightseeing.  This family-owned company invites you to get out on the water with a variety of tours that will boost your knowledge of the city through informative and humorous docents. In Chicago, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day! Get your tickets today […]

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Locals and visitors alike can see and learn about Chicago’s landmarks aboard Shoreline Sightseeing.  This family-owned company invites you to get out on the water with a variety of tours that will boost your knowledge of the city through informative and humorous docents.

In Chicago, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day! Get your tickets today and see the sights on Shoreline’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Cruise, complete with up-close views of the dyed green Chicago River and a festive Irish buffet on Saturday, March 14.

As the weather starts to warm, choose from Shoreline’s architecture tours, lake tours, fireworks cruises and water taxis for more front seat vistas of Chicago,  awesome snaps and Instagrams (#nofilterneeded)!Spring is just around the corner, and we know you will want to be the first in line to enjoy the best time of year in Chicago!

Check out all of your options on Shoreline Sightseeing right here:

Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The cruises are scheduled at 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Shoreline’s ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise. Cruise the green-for-a-day Chicago River while enjoying a cash bar featuring a selection of Irish beverages. Treat your taste buds to a delicious Irish buffet. Two convenient departure times let you cruise before or after the big parade.

Purchase your tickets today!

Shoreline Architecture River Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

A 75-minute Architecture River Tour featuring over 40 Chicago landmarks like Tribune Tower, Marina City, and more! Sip on a drink from the cash bar and take in Chicago’s famous architecture.

Ready for the tour? Buy tickets today!

Shoreline Classic Lake Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Cruise the Lake Michigan waters on the Shoreline Classic Lake Tours. The 40-minute tour includes attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and Buckingham Fountain. A recorded narration will talk you through Chicago’s interesting architecture and history.

Grab your tickets to the Shoreline Classic Lake Tours today!

 

Shoreline Fireworks Tours

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Love fireworks? Navy Pier’s summer season of fireworks is every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Shoreline lets you watch the fireworks on the water with two different cruise options:

Architecture Fireworks Tour

Lake Fireworks Tour

Get your tickets to the Shoreline Fireworks Tours today!

Shoreline Water Taxis

For specific schedule details visit the Shoreline Sightseeing schedule page.

Shoreline Water Taxis gives you a quick way to travel from one destination to the next. Best of all, you can capture sights of the city’s top scenes while doing so!

Buy a Water Taxi Pass here.

See you out on the water on Shoreline Sightseeing!

Take a Pier at these Petals

Take a Pier at these Petals

March 5, 2015

It’s your first look at spring! The 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, opens next Saturday, March 14 and will run through Sunday, March 22. Indeed, this year’s show features a lot of “firsts”: A new garden features the latest varieties from Proven Winners, which seeks out superior plants from more than […]

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show Flowers

It’s your first look at spring! The 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, opens next Saturday, March 14 and will run through Sunday, March 22.

Indeed, this year’s show features a lot of “firsts”:

  • A new garden features the latest varieties from Proven Winners, which seeks out superior plants from more than five dozen plant breeders around the world.
  • Not just one, but TWO rose gardens make their debut at the 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. One will focus on climbing and shrub varieties, the other, a sea of miniatures.
  • This is the first time the Retail Bakers Association is holding its national cake decorating contest at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Watch the frosting and fondant fly, as the nation’s best pastry chefs batter up for a memorable competition!
  • For the first time, you can vote by text for your favorite window box design in the annual Window Box Competition among local garden clubs. You can also text to vote for your favorite table setting in this year’s Tablescape contest.

Learn more about the show’s stunning feature gardens, expert seminars, “Gardening Live” presentations, hands-on workshops, Garden Gourmet culinary demonstrations, Kids’ Activity Garden, photography competition, tablescapes exhibits, “Art of Floral” interpretive floral designs and Marketplace vendors at www.chicagoflower.com.

If you buy your tickets online before March 14, you’ll receive $2 off the box office price. If you’re looking for some late-afternoon or after-work fun, take advantage of special “Spring Fling” prices. Tickets are just $10 on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 after 5 p.m.

Snowstorm Fest Brings a Flurry of Excitement to the Pier

Snowstorm Fest Brings a Flurry of Excitement to the Pier

March 3, 2015

Get ready to party in the midst of an epic storm! The Pier is making history by hosting the first-ever Snowstorm Winter Arts and Music Festival! So whether you’re standing in the eye of the Grand Ballroom storm, sneaking away to the Chill Out Zone to commemorate the event with the Digital Photo Booth, or […]

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Get ready to party in the midst of an epic storm! The Pier is making history by hosting the first-ever Snowstorm Winter Arts and Music Festival! So whether you’re standing in the eye of the Grand Ballroom storm, sneaking away to the Chill Out Zone to commemorate the event with the Digital Photo Booth, or enjoying the VIP/Luxury Igloo Balcony, this event is sure to provoke your imagination and senses like none other. Redmoon is known for its creative performances around the city of Chicago, and lucky for you, has collaborated with Snowstorm to bring you quite the spectacle!

Prepare to step into an eclectic paradise. With a performance by Redmoon’s snow cannon army, servers attending floating trays suspended from hot air balloons and Napkin Ladies decked out in dispensable gowns, your mind is bound to be blown.

A snowball line-up of electronic artists includes Moby, The Hood Internet, RJD2, Trippy Turtle and many more. In the spirit of this stormed-out event, the attire is an all-white affair.  Get glam in your brightest whites from head-to-toe and you could wind up in the front row of the show!

The Snowstorm Festival rushes in on March 7 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and guests must be 18 and over to attend. Tickets for the party will be sold at the door, but don’t wait! This highly-anticipated event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets ASAP!  Check out the different Snowstorm ticket packages on their website.

Want to be behind the scenes making history? The Snowstorm team welcomes volunteers to help with guest services. (Bonus: Volunteers get FREE admission and a Snowstorm t-shirt!)

This event will be the best snow day of your life, and it’s happening in a flurry right here at Navy Pier! Bundle up and see you there.

Family Fun at the Pier for Less

Family Fun at the Pier for Less

February 26, 2015

Looking for a weekend of family fun that won’t break the budget? Navy Pier has all the elements for a day overflowing with activity! Parking at the Pier is easy and convenient with two garages directly connected to the Pier itself. Better yet, now through March 31, you can park for just $15 Monday – […]

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Looking for a weekend of family fun that won’t break the budget? Navy Pier has all the elements for a day overflowing with activity!

Parking at the Pier is easy and convenient with two garages directly connected to the Pier itself. Better yet, now through March 31, you can park for just $15 Monday – Thursday and for $20 on Friday – Sunday with discount parking rates, no validation necessary!  Or, consider a commute aboard the CTA with bus service directly from Metra and El stops straight to Navy Pier.

Once you’ve arrived,, this 50-acre lakeside landmark is an endless playground. Browse the unique shops, stroll down the dock, and maybe treat yourself to a souvenir! If you come on a Sunday through March, we’d suggest attending Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd, a free event highlighting a new culture every Sunday in the Crystal Gardens.

Chicago Children’s Museum lets imaginations run wild with exhibits that range from tinkering in a toy lab to digging for dinosaur fossils. Explore three floors of fun for the whole family and on the first Sunday of the month, children under 15 receive free admission! Better yet, on Target Free Family Nights, the whole crew can visit for free on Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m.

Re-energize with a lunch break. Two hot places to eat right now are inside Navy Pier’s new food experience at Lettuce Entertain You’s Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice and Big Bowl Chinese Express. Navy Pier features a plethora of other restaurants as well, so there’s definitely something for everyone’s tastes.

After you’ve dined, the perfect way to end the day is with a spin around the Ferris Wheel. There’s definitely no bad time to take a ride, but how about as the sun is setting on a long, eventful day? Buy your tickets in advance and share your bird’s eye view pics with us on Instagram @NavyPier.

Now, the only question is…when’s your next visit?

Neighborhoods of the World Continues to Travel the Globe

Neighborhoods of the World Continues to Travel the Globe

February 24, 2015

February may be coming to a close, but Neighborhoods of The World presented by ComEd keeps circling the globe every Sunday through the end of March. Join us from noon to 3 p.m. inside the tropical oasis of the Crystal Gardens for this free, annual cultural celebration. Previously, we highlighted the cultures of Italy, India, […]

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February may be coming to a close, but Neighborhoods of The World presented by ComEd keeps circling the globe every Sunday through the end of March. Join us from noon to 3 p.m. inside the tropical oasis of the Crystal Gardens for this free, annual cultural celebration.

Previously, we highlighted the cultures of Italy, India, and Africa. With five weeks left, let us give you a taste of what else is to come in this series.

March 1: Chinese Celebration and Celebrate Chinese New Year

In partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Experience the food and art of the Chinese culture and ring in 2015, the Year of the Sheep!

March 8: Celebrate Lithuania

We’ve partnered with the Consulate General of Lithuania to celebrate the northern European country. Learn about the history and culture through activities, art, food and more.

March 15: Philippine Celebration

The Consulate General Philippines and Philippine American Cultural Foundation bring you the Philippine Celebration. This Asian-Pacific island has an incredibly rich history and culture.

March 22: Greek Celebration

The Consulate General of Greece brings you the Greek Celebration. Greece is known as the cradle of civilization and was home to humanity’s most influential philosophers.

March 29: Celebrate Mexico

The Mexico Tourism Board and Consulate General of Mexico help host Celebrate Mexico. Come learn about our neighbor to the south in a day filled with fun activities and delicious food.

From folk music to delicious cuisine, creative crafts to traditional clothing, you’re bound to broaden your horizons in ways you never would have expected – all without ever leaving your backyard! Find more information about Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd at Navy Pier here.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

February 19, 2015

Sure, Chicago is experiencing some of the coldest temps of the season. But underneath all those layers of scarves, jackets, and sweaters that combat the single-digit temperatures, Chicagoans are about to get their first true sign of spring. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s is arriving March 14, 2015 at Navy Pier. […]

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Sure, Chicago is experiencing some of the coldest temps of the season. But underneath all those layers of scarves, jackets, and sweaters that combat the single-digit temperatures, Chicagoans are about to get their first true sign of spring. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s is arriving March 14, 2015 at Navy Pier. There are several NEW and exciting features at this year’s show, including:

  • Two dazzling rose gardens that demonstrate in an up-close, colorful way how easy roses are to grow and maintain.
  • An Irish Heritage Garden that evokes a charming cottage in the Emerald Isle—just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
  • An expanded Kids’ Activity Garden with new potting parties, build-your-own bee and bug sanctuary projects, flower crafts, floral arrangement workshops and a creepy-crawly insect petting zoo.
  • The Retail Bakers Association’s national cake decorating competition, held during closing weekend of the show on March 21-22, with acclaimed pastry chefs from all over the country vying for the cake topper title.

Meanwhile, here’s some good news for those driving to the show: Navy Pier has partnered with two off-site parking garages to offer discounted parking during the Chicago Flower & Garden Show for $15 when validated at Navy Pier. Those garages are both within walking distance to Navy Pier and serviced by a free Navy Pier Trolley on the weekends during the show. They are located at Grand Plaza Park, 540 N. State and Ogden Plaza Self Park, 300 E. North Water Street.

To learn about other new show features – as well as perennial favorites – visit www.chicagoflower.com. And if you buy your tickets online before March 14, you’ll receive $2 off the box office price.

Psst…Don’t forget about our special offer—a $10 ‘Spring Fling’ ticket price—available March 19-21 for visitors who arrive after 5 p.m.

 

Power to the Pinot

Power to the Pinot

February 17, 2015

Wine lovers and red wine connoisseurs, rejoice!  Pinot Days Chicago, the biggest pinot noir tasting in the world, returns to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 21.  Enjoy fine wine in the intimate setting of Lakeview Terrace, complete with city and skyline views. The ticketed public tasting takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and […]

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Wine lovers and red wine connoisseurs, rejoice!  Pinot Days Chicago, the biggest pinot noir tasting in the world, returns to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 21.  Enjoy fine wine in the intimate setting of Lakeview Terrace, complete with city and skyline views.

The ticketed public tasting takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and showcases more than 60 producers of pinot noir. Ready your taste buds to sample up to 150 pinots from every pinot noir region, with the winemakers on hand to guide you. If you fall in love with a wine, you can purchase it at the event and it’ll be shipped safely to your wine rack at home.

If you attend Pinot Days, you’ll be among other pinot noir enthusiasts and producers that truly enjoy a sophisticated wine. Let’s just say, it’ll be a glass half-full kind of weekend. The greatest asset of Pinot is its stylistic diversity; at Pinot Days, you’ll be able to taste-test wine from many different regions and winemakers. Let’s not forget there’ll be tasty food pairings to complement the grapes in your glass. Bring your friends and make your time as fine as the wine.

Besides the public tasting, VIP and early access tickets are also available for purchase.

It only costs $75.00 to enjoy the grand festival and $125.00 to enjoy a VIP tasting as well as a Pinot seminar. Don’t like the crowds? You can purchase the Grand Festival Early Entry ticket, which entitles you to Early Grand Festival Entrance at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 (one hour before the general public). You will be able to drink in a more intimate setting with fewer people; also, the $30 additional fee may be applied to the purchase of pinots being offered by a selected group of producers.

Pinot Days Chicago will limited to about 1,000 attendees so be sure to get your ticket in advance online. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Living Dead at Walker Stalker Con

Living Dead at Walker Stalker Con

February 12, 2015

Are you a devotee of AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead”? In just nine days, you and your fellow zombie lovers can unite at the second Walker Stalker Con in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on February 21 and 22. Inspired by a podcast and designed by the fans and for the fans, it’s the ultimate […]

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Are you a devotee of AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead”? In just nine days, you and your fellow zombie lovers can unite at the second Walker Stalker Con in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on February 21 and 22. Inspired by a podcast and designed by the fans and for the fans, it’s the ultimate fan meet-up. The conference includes panels, artists, vendors, celebrity guests, photo ops and all things zombie and horror. Mentally prepare to dig for zombie eyeballs and win autographed memorabilia from your favorite Walking Dead cast members!

Some of the actors scheduled to appear are  Danai Gurira and Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead”, and Elizabeth Mitchell and Harold Perrineau from “Lost.” There’s a variety of ticket types available for purchase, from VIP to one or two-day General Admission. Get your tickets today and revel in all things zombie! If you want a photo op with one of our special guests, you can purchase those in advance as well.

One of the greatest things about the convention is that proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Make sure to stop by the Friends & Fans for St. Jude booth for a post-apocalyptic experience that’s full of family-friendly activities.

Not sure you can swing a Walker Stalker Con ticket? You can still get in on the action by becoming a volunteer! The Walker Stalker Con needs volunteers to help with tickets, line control, greeting, celebrity assistance, and more!

 

Walker Stalker Con details:

Date: February Saturday 21-22, 2015

Location: Festival Hall at Navy Pier

Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago

Can’t wait for the convention? Watch the countdown on the Walker Stalker Con page.

On the Horizon:  Cruises at Navy Pier

On the Horizon: Cruises at Navy Pier

February 10, 2015

One of the best things about living in Chicago is Lake Michigan. And with this Great Lake, it can feel like vacation all year long, especially if you book a dining or specialty cruise leaving from Navy Pier! From romantic to fun and from Valentine’s Day to St. Patty’s Day, and even the Chinese New […]

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One of the best things about living in Chicago is Lake Michigan. And with this Great Lake, it can feel like vacation all year long, especially if you book a dining or specialty cruise leaving from Navy Pier! From romantic to fun and from Valentine’s Day to St. Patty’s Day, and even the Chinese New Year—there’s something for everyone!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and a cruise on the lake with your special someone is sure to spell romance.

Spirit of Chicago offers Valentine’s Day cruises with not one, but two Valentine’s Day cruises to choose. Be ready to find Laughs on the Lake – Valentine’s edition on Friday, February 13 where the comedic stylings of Jay Washington, Grace Lush and headliner Dave Helem are sure to tickle your funny bone. Live DJ entertainment, a cash bar, and late-night snacks keep you and your company satisfied. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 9-11p.m. This cruise only costs $29.90 per person and all guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID. If you’d rather start Valentine’s Day on a more serious note, Spirit of Chicago is also offering a buffet-style dinner cruise on the big day. Roses and champagne are just the start of this romantic evening for two.

Valentine’s Day is all about the right setting with that special person. Aboard the Odyssey, fine dining,  a Special Valentine’s Day menu and dancing promises to be that perfect setting, with Chicago’s stunning skyline as your backdrop. It’s the chance to pause, connect and share an unforgettable experience. Boarding for the ship begins at 6:00 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 7-10 p.m. This cruise only costs $119.90 per person and includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older. You can also enhance your cruise with the Odyssey’s Gold or Platinum package. The Odyssey will also have Valentine’s Brunch and Dinner cruises with alternate times.

Love the Odyssey? Well guess what…the Year of the Goat is here and the Odyssey is celebrating! Enjoy the views of the Chicago skyline, an exclusive three-course menu featuring delicious Chinese dishes, traditional decorations, and festive entertainment. Boarding for this special cruise begins at 6:00 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 7 -10 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Cruise admittance is only $72.90 per person. Come celebrate Chinese tradition the best way aboard the Odyssey!

St. Patty’s Day is almost amongst us, lads! What better way to enjoy the holiday afternoon than cruising on the green Chicago River aboard Shoreline Sightseeing? There will be a traditional Irish buffet, cash bar, and guided 90-minute tour of all three branches of the green Chicago River. A Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day. Grab the family; friends, and co-workers and reserve your spot now! Tickets are $49 for all ages. The two departure times are available; one before and one after the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14. The early cruise departs 10:00 a.m., returning at 11:30 a.m. and the later cruise departs at 2:00 p.m., returning by 3:30 p.m. Both cruises depart from Shoreline’s dock at the southwest corner of Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Boarding begins 15 minutes before the departure time. These cruises are on open-air boats, so please dress for the weather lads!

Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day Cruises at Navy Pier

Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day Cruises at Navy Pier

February 5, 2015

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with romantic events from Navy Pier. Our Valentine’s Day activities are sure to impress your valentine. All Valentine’s Day events will take place from February 13-15, so even if you can’t celebrate on the official day, there’s still plenty of love to go around all weekend long. With a little […]

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Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with romantic events from Navy Pier. Our Valentine’s Day activities are sure to impress your valentine. All Valentine’s Day events will take place from February 13-15, so even if you can’t celebrate on the official day, there’s still plenty of love to go around all weekend long. With a little bit of comedy, and a lot of cuisine, Valentine’s Day-themed cruises are here to make the day extra special! Create memories while sipping champagne and whispering sweet nothings into your loved one’s ear, with the scenic Chicago skyline as your setting for romance. Book one of these cruises today!

Here is what’s planned for Valentine’s Day weekend:

Laughs on the Lake: Valentine’s Day EditionFebruary 13, 2015

Make your night unforgettable with a comedy show aboard Spirit of Chicago. This special Valentine’s Day edition features host Darren Georgia and comedians Jay Washington and Grace Lusk. These performers will warm-up the night with humorous jokes on Lake Michigan. Grab your tickets to the show on the Spirit Cruises page.

Mystic Blue Valentine’s Day Dinner CruiseFebruary 14, 2015

Make this year’s Valentine’s Day remarkable with dinner aboard Mystic Blue! Treat your sweetheart to a tasty buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, dancing and the best views of the city skyline. Buy your tickets for the cruise on the Mystic Blue tickets page.

Odyssey Valentine’s Day Weekend CruisesFebruary 13-15, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the serene waters aboard Chicago’s Odyssey. From roses to champagne toasts, your significant other is sure to feel the love. Book your tickets on the Odyssey site. There are four Odyssey cruises to choose from:

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise, February 13

Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, February 14

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise, February 14

Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, February 15

Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Day Dinner CruiseFebruary 14, 2015

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a romantic cruise? The Spirit of Chicago cruise includes buffet-style food, DJ, breathtaking views, and more! Get your tickets to this love boat on the Spirit Cruises website.

This year, spice up your Valentine’s Day with a unique dining experience on one of our cruise ships and wine and dine your valentine like never before!

Beads, Beers, and Bars: Mardi Gras Crawl

Beads, Beers, and Bars: Mardi Gras Crawl

February 3, 2015

Get your masks and costumes ready for the World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl, back again only at Chicago’s Navy Pier with a Mardi Gras theme! The Mardi Gras Crawl is not your typical bar crawl! Yes, there is beer, bars, and beads, but there’s so much more! Escape the February chill and migrate to this […]

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Get your masks and costumes ready for the World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl, back again only at Chicago’s Navy Pier with a Mardi Gras theme! The Mardi Gras Crawl is not your typical bar crawl! Yes, there is beer, bars, and beads, but there’s so much more! Escape the February chill and migrate to this unique indoor celebration to socialize with your friends. Participating locations include Harry Caray’s Tavern, Haagen Dazs, Mystic Blue, Crystal Gardens, Spirit of Chicago, Riva Crab House, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The party offers drink specials including $3 Bud Light Drafts, $4 Goose Island 312 Drafts, and $5 Southern Comfort Hurricanes. Enjoy drinks, live music, mask face-painting, prizes, and games, all without leaving the Pier.

The Mardi Gras Crawl is Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Head straight to the Crystal Gardens, near Navy Pier’s main entrance, to check-in. Tickets are sold online only for $15 through this link, but may be subject to increase so buy now!. Walk-up tickets are not available, so don’t wait too late to get your tickets! Tickets include admission into Mardi Gras Bar Crawl and two gift cards from participating bars redeemable for tasty drinks and food. Don’t forget that guests who purchase tickets must be 21 years of age and must show identification at check-in. All ticket sales are final and refunds are unavailable.

For more updates check out the Mardi Gras Crawl tickets page.

Can’t wait for this event? Check out our events calendar for other upcoming activities at the Pier.

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