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A Viking Voyage to Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

A Viking Voyage to Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016 Emerging from the folded pages in history, we are honored that Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre will be a partaking in our Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016 festival! The ship is in the process of making the trek along the Great Lakes to Navy Pier. The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the most […]

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July 21, 2016

Emerging from the folded pages in history, we are honored that Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre will be a partaking in our Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016 festival! The ship is in the process of making the trek along the Great Lakes to Navy Pier.

The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the most authentic representation of a Viking warship. This impressive vessel took years of labor from the combined efforts of boat builders, historians, craftsmen, and artists. Because no concrete evidence was left behind, the experts built the warship based on archeological traces and the Norse saga legends.

“Risking their lives, the Draken crew relived the challenges of the Viking ancestors to cross the North Atlantic Ocean and come to Chicago aboard this historic ship, so that guests can view and tour her” said our President and CEO, Marilynn Gardner. “This is truly a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity for guests who come to Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago.”

With the purchase of a boarding ticket, you can walk the 115 foot-long oak creation yourself. The 50 impressive oars, requiring the strength of two people each to operate, will be right before you.

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016 will take place July 27-31, 2016. In addition to the Draken, 13 Tall Ships, coming from various home ports, will be in attendance. This includes Denis Sullivan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; El Galeón Andalucía from Sevilla, Spain; Madeline from Traverse City, Michigan; Mist of Avalon from Toronto; Niagara from Erie, Pennsylvania; Pride of Baltimore II from Baltimore, Maryland; Playfair from Toronto; Appledore IV from Bay City, Michigan; Fred A. Busse Fireboat from Bay, Wisconsin; Friends Good Will from South Haven, Michigan; Red Witch from Chicago, Illinois; When and If from New York, New York; and Windy from Chicago, Illinois.

Wednesday, July 27 will kick off the festival with the Parade of Sail, including all 14 ships sailing into the Pier. Each day of the festival allows guests to view and explore the different vessels. Each has a unique story that has brought them collectively together for this event. We also have a fireworks show every night, from July 27-30.

Tweet at us (@NavyPier) with pictures of your experience on the Draken and other Tall Ships® throughout the event-packed weekend! In the meantime, be sure to follow the Draken’s adventure to Navy Pier. 

Pokémon Go at the Pier

Pokémon Go at the Pier

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of.  Here are four reasons why […]

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July 14, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of. 

Here are four reasons why Navy Pier is the best spot in Chicago to play Pokémon Go.

Tons of Pokéstops

From the Chicago Children’s Museum on the west end to the U.S.S. Chicago Anchor at the East End, more than 20 Pokéstops are spread across Navy Pier. Three are just the pier itself, and others include the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, rides in Pier Park, the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Family Pavilion.

Hit them all with one walk down – by the end, your proverbial pockets will be full – and replenish again on your way back for extra XP and items.

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The Smith Museum of Stained Glass and the dock near Tall Ship Windy are the two gyms at Navy Pier.  While both are tightly locked down by team Mystic at present, the surplus of Pokéstops means it’s easy to replenish your revives and potions so that you can attempt to take over the gyms for your team. 

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Navy Pier is swimming with water pokémon. Tentacools, Poliwags, Shellders, Goldeens, Staryus and more are all around. There were also a few stray electric types, like Magnamite and Voltorb. There have been rumors of rare Pokemon here too. We spotted a Dratini but it swam away before we could catch it!

 

With all this Pokemon action, remember to revive yourself with a snack from our awesome food options like Rainbow Cone, Chango Loco, or one of a handful of eateries in the New Food Experience. And of course, there are other things to do at Navy Pier outside of leveling up in Pokémon Go. But then again, those gyms aren’t going to be reclaimed for your team themselves.

Beat the Heat with Skate by the Lake

Beat the Heat with Skate by the Lake

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016 Navy Pier has the coolest way to beat Chicago’s summer heat: the newly-opened Skate by the Lake! Designed by ice engineer Zoran Bendicak, Skate by the Lake offers a 5,000-square-foot ice rink housed in an open-air tent at the Pier’s main entry point. Sound impossible? It’s not! Ten thousand gallons of water, two […]

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June 30, 2016

Navy Pier has the coolest way to beat Chicago’s summer heat: the newly-opened Skate by the Lake! Designed by ice engineer Zoran Bendicak, Skate by the Lake offers a 5,000-square-foot ice rink housed in an open-air tent at the Pier’s main entry point. Sound impossible? It’s not!

Ten thousand gallons of water, two chillers, and 228 aluminum pipes full of glycol work together to produce a 4 inch tall sheet of ice ready for skating. This spectacular design protects it from all types of weather. Yes, even against ice’s worst enemy: heat.

Come check it out for yourself at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park. The attraction runs daily from noon until 10 p.m. all summer long. Just be sure to stop by before it closes for the season on October 31, 2016.

Guests without skates pay $15 while guests with skates pay $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or once you get to Navy Pier.

Interested in Navy Pier’s many other 100th anniversary attractions? Be sure to check out the list of upcoming events and join in on the summer celebration.

 

Navy Pier Pride Celebrates the LGBT Community

Navy Pier Pride Celebrates the LGBT Community

June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 Navy Pier will make history on Saturday, June 25 by hosting Navy Pier Pride 2016. This will be the first time an LGBT Pride celebration will take place outside of the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. As part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, FREE fun family-friendly events will take place all […]

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Navy Pier Pride

June 23, 2016

Navy Pier will make history on Saturday, June 25 by hosting Navy Pier Pride 2016. This will be the first time an LGBT Pride celebration will take place outside of the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. As part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, FREE fun family-friendly events will take place all across the Pier.

 

Here’s the schedule:

  • 12 p.m. – See IT’S FOR REAL, a special performance by About Face Theatre. The show offers a collection of stories centered around topics such as race, class, sexuality, age, and gender. All are based on true experiences of the performers.
  • 1 p.m. – Kickoff parade led by Lakeside Pride Marching Band.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Watch performances by the legendary MILLY’S ORCHID SHOW. The show features Brigid Murphy as “Milly” alongside Yuri Lane (“The Harmonica Beatbox Man”) and his 8-year daughter and rising gay icon Delilah Rose, Alexa Grae, Robert Cornelius (former member of “Poi Dog Pondering”), House-O-Matic, and many others.
  • 5 p.m. – Witness “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding” officiated by Angelica Ross, a leader in the movement for transgender and racial equality as well as the star of the hit series, “Her Story.” Make sure to come check out this massive marriage ceremony!
  • 7 p.m. – Dance outside against the Chicago skyline to the music of Grammy Award-nominated producer, DJ RALPHI ROSARIO, in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
  • 10:15 p.m. – Watch a special Pride-themed fireworks spectacular.

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Make sure to also check out the very special return of The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. What started in 1987 as a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco has turned into a 54 ton quilt composed of more than 48,000 panels, each commemorating the life of a loved one lost to AIDS. Navy Pier was one of the first venues to put The Quilt on display in 1988 and Navy Pier is proud to host its return.

With a full schedule of family-friendly events and restaurant specials all across the Pier, you’ll definitely want to help spread the love on Saturday!

Celebrate Fourth of July at Navy Pier

Celebrate Fourth of July at Navy Pier

June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016 With Fourth of July weekend around the corner, it’s important to have a game plan to celebrate. What better place to celebrate than at Navy Pier? With a variety of events happening all weekend long, there is something for everyone in the family.  Freedom Fest Have the best seat in the city […]

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June 16, 2016

With Fourth of July weekend around the corner, it’s important to have a game plan to celebrate. What better place to celebrate than at Navy Pier? With a variety of events happening all weekend long, there is something for everyone in the family. 

Freedom Fest

Have the best seat in the city for the special Fourth of July Aon Summer Fireworks show at the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest, a party on Navy Pier’s rooftop. Celebrate the U.S.A with delicious BBQ, your favorite drinks available at the full bar, and music by a live DJ to keep you in that festive spirit. Looking for something a little more low-key? There are plenty of places along the Pier to watch the grand finale firework show.  With new restaurants for whatever you are craving, friends and family can grab bite, stroll along the Pier before sitting down on the Wave Wall Stairs to admire the waterfront.

If you are are more of a sea dog, you can celebrate the Fourth of July out on the lake with front row seats on great cruises.

Odyssey’s Fourth Of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Celebrate America’s birthday with an upscale Fireworks Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey departing from Navy Pier. Dine on delicious bites and dance the night away  before watching red, white, and blue fireworks illuminate the night sky. For more information on the Odyssey Dinner Cruise visit our website.

Spirit Of Chicago’s Fourth of July Cruise

Cruising from Navy Pier aboard the Spirit of Chicago, visitors get front row seats to the Navy Pier July Fourth Fireworks Show. With a festive buffet and engaging DJ- there is no better place to be than out on the water with the Spirit. Book your tickets for the Spirit of Chicago now!

Mystic Blue’s Fourth of July Weekend Cruise

Make this your best summer weekend yet on the Mystic Blue. Join in the fun and celebration with amazing views of our beloved city, live DJ and delicious food. Get in on the fun and book your cruise today!

It is anticipated that during Independence Day weekend, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close to guests. If you aren’t attending one of the ticketed events here, we suggest coming early to ensure entry. For more information and updates throughout Independence Day weekend, follow Navy Pier on Twitter.

Celebrating 100 Years with Navy Pier

Celebrating 100 Years with Navy Pier

June 9, 2016

This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were excited to finally open the Centennial Wheel to the city of Chicago. But that wasn’t the only way we started the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! It was a weekend of firsts: the first time the Polk Bros Park water fountain turned on, the first time we had […]

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This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were excited to finally open the Centennial Wheel to the city of Chicago. But that wasn’t the only way we started the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! It was a weekend of firsts: the first time the Polk Bros Park water fountain turned on, the first time we had live music in the seasonal Miller Lite Beer Garden, and the first time we visually celebrated our birthday with the ‘100’ activation.

Not only are these numbers the reminder of our very special year, but they are a way for you to get in on the action! When posting your own pictures on Twitter or Instagram, use hashtags #100YearsofPier and #upshow to be featured on the screens installed in the zeros. Crowds were drawn to the installation and it quickly became a prime photo spot!

 

Kids loved it…

 

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Adults, too! 

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Families saw the photo op potential instantly.

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Let’s just say…it got a lot of love! 

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If you haven’t celebrated our centennial yet, don’t worry, these numbers are sticking around all summer, all around Chicago! And don’t forget to check out all of the other ways you can celebrate with us at Navy Pier. 

 

Miller Lite Beer Garden’s June Lineup

Miller Lite Beer Garden’s June Lineup

June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016 Summer rocks in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Be sure not to miss any of these free shows by local bands while you kick back with your buddies and enjoy cold brews. June 4 Hey Monea This three-piece band based in Canton, OH will play their original rock-n-roll from 2:00-4:00. Grab a […]

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June 2, 2016

Summer rocks in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Be sure not to miss any of these free shows by local bands while you kick back with your buddies and enjoy cold brews.

June 4

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Hey Monea

This three-piece band based in Canton, OH will play their original rock-n-roll from 2:00-4:00. Grab a beer, bring your friends, and get ready for the jams.

Breezy Rodio

Chicago-based guitarist Breezy Rodio plays a mix of blues, soul, jazz, and swing from 5:30-8:00.

Trippin’ Billies

Who needs Dave Matthews when Trippin’ Billies is here? The best David Matthews tribute band in Chicago starts their ode to Dave at 9:00.

June 5

MER’s Music Showcase

MER invites local artists to play in a songwriters session showcase.

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Bassel and the Supernaturals

Chicago soul never sounded this good. Bassel and the Supernaturals plays originals and classics from 5:30 – 8:00.

June 8

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Canyon Collected

This folksy rock band calls the mountains and canyons of Yellowstone home, but they’ve been on the road all summer playing their original tunes. They rock in Chicago from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Bella Cain

Bella Cain brings Midwestern-infused country with a rock-n-roll twist to the beer garden at 7:00.

June 9

Nicholas Barron

This blues and folk singer-songwriter brings all the feels to our beer garden from 5:30 – 6:30.

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Sheryl and Say Yes!

Dynamic and fun, Sheryl and Say Yes! is all about power vocals with Motown grooves. They will play from 7:00-10:00, so prepare to dance.  

June 10

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Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames

Jazz meets rock-n-roll when Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames play their favorite city in America. The band has been around since 1988 and they aren’t going to stop rocking any time soon. They’ll be jamming from 3:00-5:30.

Tinsley Ellis

Bringing a little bit of Georgia blues to Chicago, Tinsley Ellis comes full equipped with his razor sharp blues guitar skills from 6:00-7:30 in the beer garden.

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s

You’ll need to bring your dancing shoes from 8:30-11 when Morry Sochat and the Special 20s play. Their unique brand of swing, blues, and vintage rock-n-roll will make you feel like you’ve sockhopped your way back to 1950.

June 11

Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma

Old-school southern rock meets blues when this guitar-slinger comes to town. Jimmy Nick provides edgy guitar and vocals with the back up hep of his amazingly talented band, Don’t Tell Momma. They play 12:30-4:30.

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Wall of Denial

Chicago’s best tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn rocks hard in the Miller Lite Beer Garden from 5:30-8:00.

Linsey Alexander

No one knows blues better than Linsey Alexander, a southern boy who has been playing the blues guitar all his life. Come see the legend in action from 9:00-11:00.

June 12

Hank Mowrey and the Hawktones

Come to beer garden 12:00-4:00 for a swingin’ good time. This Grand Rapids based band comes down from Michigan with their unique brand of blues and swing that is the perfect way to top off your weekend.

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Omar Coleman

This Chicago boy knows the blues. A fantastic blues vocalist and harmonica player, Omar Coleman puts on an unforgettable show starting at 4:30 in the beer garden.

June 15

Valentine Bennett

This young singer-songwriter is incredibly impressive. Playing over 40 covers and originals in his repertoire, Valentine wows a crowd with his acoustic guitar and smooth voice. Be ready to be moved from 5:30-6:30 in the beer garden.

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Wedding Banned

Wedding Banned is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The wild band that calls the ‘burbs home plays mostly ‘80’s and ‘90’s covers that you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing to. Get a drink and grab a dance partner from 7:00-10:00.

June 16

Chris Corsale

Chicago native and heartfelt acoustic guitar player, Chris Corsale plays covers and originals that get a crowd moving. Kick off your weekend at 5:30 with Chris.

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Furious Frank

When you hear “gypsy-carnival-rock” you might not know what to expect. That’s why you have to see it live to know what Furious Frank is all about. The Chicago band plays at 7:00 with high-energy folk and punk grooves that keep the party going.

June 17

Captain Coopersmith

Classic rock meets modern feels when Captain Coopersmith plays at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Get ready to groove all night long with this Algonquin-based band.

Bumpus

It’s time to funk! That’s what you’ll be saying when Bumpus plays from 9:00-11:30. Although you’ll find that you won’t be doing much talking when you’re dancing to the funky beats that Bumpus lays down.

June 18

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Andrew Diehl

Does “electrified Chicago blues” peak your interest? Then Andrew Diehl is who you want to see. He plays his electrified style of blues at 5:30.

June 19

Rockaholics

With a band name like “Rockaholics” you are right to expect non-stop high energy rock-n-roll. Come for the classic rock-influenced party starting at 2:00.

 

Down Home Band

Nashville seems to breed boys like Down Home Band, southern rockers who know how to have a folk-inspired good time. Their high-energy southern rock starts at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

June 22

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Bear & Jake

Upbeat acoustic music comes to the beer garden from 5:30-6:30 with the charismatic local duo Bear & Jake.

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Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress

This cover band is so good that you’ll think they wrote all these songs themselves. Come for the stellar rock-n-roll from 7-10 and stay for the cold beers.

June 23

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Dylan Hankey

He’s the house musician at Irish Eyes bar here in Chicago, but at 5:30 he’ll rock the house at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

Hillbilly Rockstarz

Chicago’s premier country super group will serve up a mountain of country classics and modern hits. Bring your cowboy boots and saddle up to a beer and tunes at 7.

June 24

American Grizzly

The Chicago boys of American Grizzly cook up original music that’s been influenced by a range of genres from noise-rock to folk. Don’t miss these locals playing from 5:30-8:00.

June 25

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Unity the Band

The sounds of summer are alive in Unity the Band, a reggae-influenced pop rock band that plays sunny originals and a few classic covers. They start playing at 2:00 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

Gentleman Brawlers Afrobeat Project

This collective of jazz, rock, and African-influenced musicians comes to us all the way from New York to play their set from 5:30-8:00. They will have you up on your feet and groovin’ to their tunes from start to finish.

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Deacon Blues

Who doesn’t love Steely Dan? Deacon Blues definitely does. The Steely Dan cover band will play all the classic hits from 9:00-11:30.

June 26

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Carsie believes that music is magic and it’s almost impossible to disagree with her upon seeing her perform. The curly-haired musician plays a beautiful blend of folk, pop, jazz, and soul starting at 2:00.

June 29

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Matt Kysia

Motown is alive and well in Matt Kysia whose band brings covers and originals that feel downright soulful. The jams start at 5:30, the music will be stuck in your head all night.

Rendition

These Tinley Park boys tout themselves as Chicago’s most entertaining cover band. Who are we to disagree? Come to the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 7 for fantastic covers that will get you on your feet.

June 30

Mike Hayes

LA-based blues-rock virtuoso makes his way to the Midwest at 5:30 for a rockin’ time you won’t forget.

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Red Rebel County

Irish music gets a punkier vibe with Red Rebel County, a band based in the south-side Irish tradition. Come for a jig and a pint at 7:00.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 Exclusively for one weekend, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is bringing the best of sailing to Chicago, and there are plenty of ways to experience all of the action. This qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda will be a historic one, since it’s the first time in its 165-year […]

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May 26, 2016

Exclusively for one weekend, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is bringing the best of sailing to Chicago, and there are plenty of ways to experience all of the action. This qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda will be a historic one, since it’s the first time in its 165-year history a sailing competition of its kind will be held on freshwater.

Whether you have a passion for boating, or are looking to hang out to welcome the summer with your friends cruising the lake; this sailing competition is definitely the place to be the weekend of June 10 – 12, 2016.  

Here are 3 ways to Watch the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago:

Watch the boats sail towards the finish line from the comfort of your own boat.

There’s a boat bash extravaganza on the lake for America’s Cup event. Chicago Harbors teamed up with Cup event organizers to plan the largest floating party on Lake Michigan. The boater’s bash will be held at Monroe Harbor on the Saturday and Sunday of the competition. This infield party will be open to host boat owners and guests, with plenty of entertainment accommodations including a 100-foot-long and 26-foot-wide platform with a DJ stage… so you can expect a great time!  The bash will be located near Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain — conveniently, a few yards away from the racecourse.

Saying that this is  the perfect downtown location to welcome the summer months and watch recognized sailors fight for the Cup would definitely be an understatement.

Why not watch the sailors from aboard a luxury cruise?

Get incredible, up-close views and snapshots of the race perimeter during one of the lunch viewing cruises. Entertainment Cruises’ Odyssey and Shoreline Sightseeing will be hitting the waters early Friday afternoon to catch some practice racing rounds and a sneak peak to the race perimeter. Viewing cruises run all weekend long, so you don’t miss out on getting up-close views on every inch of the race boundaries on Lake Michigan. Visit the calendar of upcoming events to decide on a daily cruise that matches your style!

Race Village on Navy Pier

There’s no reason to miss out on witnessing the first sailing competition on our lakefront just because you prefer staying inland. Come to Navy Pier all weekend long for exquisite bites, happy hours, brews, and an extreme outing while sailboats fill our lakefront looking for a spot in Bermuda ‘17. Let the sailors do what they do best, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the lake and skyline from your favorite spot at Navy Pier. Don’t forget, general admission tickets are still available. Check out the list of seasonal & outdoor restaurants here, and plan your perfect America’s Cup World Series visit ahead!

 

Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier

Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and you don’t want to be without plans. Navy Pier has you covered with a weekend full of activities for the start of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! What could be more perfect than that? There’s so much going on this weekend that you’re bound […]

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May 19, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and you don’t want to be without plans. Navy Pier has you covered with a weekend full of activities for the start of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! What could be more perfect than that? There’s so much going on this weekend that you’re bound to find something you absolutely love.

The Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The beer garden begins its live music schedule this Memorial Day Weekend!  Multiple bands play all weekend, serving you fresh beer and even fresher rock-n-roll. This Friday kicks off with Ian & The Dream at 5:30 p.m. and ‘Stache playing at 9:00 p.m. Saturday features a full day of jams from Mer, Love Cannon, and No Alternative. The music continues on Sunday with Swamp Heat at 2:00 and continues with Brook & the Nice Things and The Congregation. The Memorial Day jams come to a climax on Monday with Corey Dennison at 2 p.m. and Creedence Revived at 5:30 p.m.

The Centennial Wheel

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The Centennial Wheel opens this weekend to give you and your family rides that show off the absolute best views of the city from 196 feet in the air. The first rides start on May 27 at noon. Tickets are available here!

 

Cruise Along the Lake

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There are a variety of different lake cruises to take, including architecture tours that venture down the river to show off Chicago’s most unique views. Seadog Cruises and Shoreline Sightseeing both offer plenty of options for those looking to cruise Lake Michigan or the river for a guided tour. Shoreline Sightseeing also offers a craft beer cruise for those looking to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week. For a special Memorial Day Weekend cruises, check out Odyssey or Spirit

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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To see or not to see? That’s the question that Chicago Shakespeare Theater easily answers. You must see their current production Tug of War which is an adaptation of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI. So many classics rolled into one epic play! Another fantastic performance this weekend is a very special presentation of Twelfth Night featuring teenagers with special needs performing the classic comedy about mistaken identity.  

Fireworks

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Tune in for a special Centennial Wheel opening fireworks show is at 9 p.m. on May 27! Saturday, May 28, is the kickoff of our Aon Summer Fireworks series at 10:15 p.m.

Join in on the conversation this weekend when you post your photos with #100YearsofPier! We have so much to celebrate – we hope you join in on the fun!

Welcome our New Centennial Wheel

Welcome our New Centennial Wheel

May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016 This summer, we’re turning 100! And to kick off our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, we’re having a grand opening of the new Centennial Wheel starting May 27 here at Navy Pier. To get you ready for your first ride, we thought you should know all of the new and exciting information on […]

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May 12, 2016

This summer, we’re turning 100! And to kick off our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, we’re having a grand opening of the new Centennial Wheel starting May 27 here at Navy Pier. To get you ready for your first ride, we thought you should know all of the new and exciting information on our beautiful Centennial Wheel. 

History that goes way back

The city’s history with the wheel runs deep. The first one was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Valuing Tradition

The new wheel is designed and manufactured by engineers from Thornton Tomasetti. With their guidance and expertise, a new model was selected and purchased from Dutch Wheels – the global leader in standalone giant wheels – the Netherlands-based company that also built the Pier’s original wheel.

One-of-a-Kind

The state-of-the-art DW60 is the first and only one of its kind in the U.S., but similar wheels are currently in operation in Hong Kong and Baku, Azerbaijan

Reaching for the Skyline

The Centennial Wheel is in the top six tallest wheels in the United States.

Weight for It…

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The first wheel weighed 485,000 lbs, and the new wheel significantly surpasses this as it weighs around 992,000 lbs.

Modern Technology for the Full Experience

The new wheel operates on a start/stop system. The start/stop system is more efficient as it will stop the wheel seven times to load six gondolas instead of utilizing the continuous rotation system. By implementing this system, we aim to create a more memorable experience for riders as riders will get to stop and experience the height and spectacular view during the loading sequence.

Multimedia Entertainment

Every gondola will be equipped with an entertainment system with interactive features while riders enjoy the breathtaking view of Chicago from the clouds. The gondolas also are temperature-controlled with padded seats, TV screens and speakers.

Look for Navy Pier Blue

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The new wheel no longer sports the traditional white and red look, but instead matches Navy Pier’s signature blue color.

The Taller the Better

The original wheel stood at 147-feet high and held 40 gondolas.

Our new and improved Centennial Wheel is 196-feet high and has 42 gondolas, standing 49 feet taller than the previous one and will fit up to 180 more passengers per ride.

And don’t forget…

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Navy Pier’s Pier Park Operations Manager, Clinton Shepard, set the current Guinness World Record for the longest marathon on a fairground or theme park attraction. Shepard rode our previous wheel for 48 hours, 8 minutes, and 25 seconds.

Now, you’ll be an expert on our new Centennial Wheel and can share your knowledge with your friends while you line up to ride it for the first time during our grand opening celebration on May 27, 2016.

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016 Historic vessels fill the lakefront for guests who come to see one of the city’s most attended and recognized events, Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016! These majestic ships sail along the fresh waters of the Great Lakes and visit Navy Pier from July 27-31.  The event kicks off with the Parade of Sail, when 14 […]

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May 5, 2016

Historic vessels fill the lakefront for guests who come to see one of the city’s most attended and recognized events, Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016! These majestic ships sail along the fresh waters of the Great Lakes and visit Navy Pier from July 27-31.  The event kicks off with the Parade of Sail, when 14 different Tall Ships® will decorate the Pier – some even ready to board passengers and head out along Chicago’s lakefront. Whether you just want to walk the grounds, take a selfie with your favorite ship, or are brave enough for an epic sail-away, this is a summer event for all ages.

The Pepsi® Tall Ships® represent various regions across the globe! Grab your boarding tickets and pick your favorite boats to explore and sail the lakefront. Here are a few to get you started: 

Windy – Chicago, IL

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Get the whole family aboard the Windy City’s very own Gaff Topsail Schooner and experience the olden days’ commercial boats. This majestic 148-foot schooner represents a traditional Great Lakes trading ship and is filled with the character, charm and excitement of the Golden Age of Sail. 

Friends Good Will – South Haven, MI

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Any history fanatics out there? Take a trip to sea by coming aboard the Friends of Good Will traditional Great Lakes Tall Ship. This beauty takes you back to the history of commerce in the early 1800s, as well as her role in the War of 1812, and is equipped with a 6-lb pivot cannon.

Niagara – Erie, PA

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Come experience one of the most historically authentic wooden-hulled Tall Ship, Niagara. Have a remarkable adventure aboard while you learn about this fascinating boat that was built as a replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victorious relief flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.  Today, she operates as a US Coast Guard certified Sailing School Vessel touring all over the lakes and seas.

Pride of Baltimore II – Baltimore, MD

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The Star-Spangled Ambassador sails over for sightseeing and tours to showcase an exceptional reproduction of a 19th-era Baltimore Clipper. For over 25 years she’s been travelling the seas promoting goodwill and historical maritime education while representing the people of Maryland at every port she arrives in. Now it’s your turn to partake in the action on this prideful ship.

Fred. A. Busse Fireboat – Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Built in 1937, she stands low and bright compared to others as the boat was originally designed as a City of Chicago fireboat and assembled in Bay City, Michigan.  This boat is similar in design to  two other fire-fighting vessels, the Victor Schlaeger and the Joseph Medill, constructed in Sturgeon Bay shortly after World War II, and currently serves as a museum showcasing Chicago’s Fire Department efforts.

When & If – New York, New York

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This rare name is attributed to General George S. Patton and his everlasting quote “When the war is over, and if I live through it, [my wife] Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.” Sail away into the rich history of World War II in the 83′ Alden schooner, commissioned by General Patton in 1939 during the war. Unfortunately, the sailboat was unable to fulfill its post-war purpose due to the death of the General in 1945, but it was remodeled with help of sponsors and a crew under Doug Hazlitt to restore her for her original purpose. 

Mist of Avalon – Toronto, Canada

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This schooner was built in  1967 as the Motor Vessel “Liverpool Bay” and endured 20 years of rough waters and winds all over the North Atlantic. After being abandoned at Halifax Pier, the ship was purchased, hauled out, and re-born as the “Mist of Avalon” in 1992. 

El Galeón Andalucia – Sevilla, Spain

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A foreign beauty joins us for Pepsi® Tall Ships® as we enjoy our freshwater beauty, Lake Michigan. She is a 170-foot, 500-ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon vessel that was part of Spain’s ‘Fleet of the Indies’ and is the only one of her kind that sails in present day. 

To sail along these and many more exotic vessels, check out the ticketing and ship information and get first dibs on your favorite Pepsi® Tall Ships®.

Conquer Craft Beer Week at Navy Pier

Conquer Craft Beer Week at Navy Pier

April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016 The events and culture of the 7th annual Chicago Craft Beer Week have been crafted to perfection to bring craft beer lovers and their favorite breweries together. Over 300 breweries in the Chicagoland area showcase the best of craft beer and educate beer drinkers about the exciting process of planning, brewing and delivering […]

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April 28, 2016

The events and culture of the 7th annual Chicago Craft Beer Week have been crafted to perfection to bring craft beer lovers and their favorite breweries together. Over 300 breweries in the Chicagoland area showcase the best of craft beer and educate beer drinkers about the exciting process of planning, brewing and delivering the perfect blend right to your glass. Of course, the boats on Navy Pier had to join in on the fun! Entertainment Cruises’ Mystic Blue ship and Shoreline Sightseeing have brewed up two Craft Beer Week options that’ll have you raising a glass in no time! 

Mystic Blue Chicago Craft Beer Cruise

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Take your beer from the bar to the lakeshore by joining Mystic Blue Cruises and West Suburban Brewers for a special boat cruise on Sunday, May 22 for the ultimate beer tasting experience. Everyone aboard the Craft Beer Cruise will be able to enjoy 20 drink samples by 11 participating breweries so you can decide which craft beers float your boat. Coupled with snacks like wings, sliders, and pretzel bites from Mystic Blue’s Moonlight Buffet Menu and an afternoon of skyline views, you’ll be wondering if you’ll have to wait until next Craft Beer Week to do it all again! The good news is – you don’t! 

Mystic Blue Cruises and Brewfest Partners have worked together to provide a Chicago Craft Brew cruise series all summer! Additional dates and participating breweries are available for purchase. Be sure to reserve your tickets today, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this one of a kind experience on the lake.

Shoreline Sightseeing’s Craft Beer Cruise

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Can’t make it on May 22? Don’t worry,  Shoreline Sightseeing will be offering a Craft Beer Cruise on Friday, May 27, 2016. Shoreline Sightseeing has partnered with local brewery, Revolution Brewing, for a special boat cruise celebration. This cruise is a90-minute evening cruise on the Chicago River that will feature Revolution’s samplings, appetizer pairings, and a live DJ. There’s no reason to miss out on a remarkable architecture of Chicago, the best entertainment, and a revolutionary beer tasting! Check out more details and reserve your spot aboard here.

Check out these Craft Beer Week cruises and all of the other events around Chicago from May 19-29, 2016! 

Make it a Date with Navy Pier

Make it a Date with Navy Pier

April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016 Navy Pier has long been known as a date night destination for Chicago couples, but these out-of-the-box date ideas are going to inspire you to add a new twist to your evening (or morning!) of romance. Whether you’re out and about celebrating an anniversary or simply taking advantage of much-needed together time, try these ideas […]

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April 21, 2016

Navy Pier has long been known as a date night destination for Chicago couples, but these out-of-the-box date ideas are going to inspire you to add a new twist to your evening (or morning!) of romance. Whether you’re out and about celebrating an anniversary or simply taking advantage of much-needed together time, try these ideas for your next date! 

Mobile Happy Hour 

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Thanks to last year’s ordinance, you can now take your alcoholic beverages along for your stroll down Navy Pier. Start with a stop at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for a ‘5 O’Clock Somewhere’ or other paradise-inspired beverage. During the week from 4-7 p.m., the restaurant has a special selection of drinks at happy hour prices so you can be the couple that spends time together and remains budget-conscious.

A newer option is DMK Burger Bar’s Walk-up Window where you can enjoy five delicious cocktails and draft or canned beer. The fun-loving couple should especially enjoy the Frozen Rum Flipper, complete with a dolphin banana! 

Starting to get hungry? Enter Bubba Gump Shrimp! Grab some appetizers like their deep-fried calamari or popcorn shrimp and perhaps a specialty drink if you’re feeling up to it. 

Traditional with a Twist

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Date night is all in the details! Riva Crab House has crafted the perfect atmosphere for a night of love. Every Tuesday, Riva offers a special section of tables that include the lake and skyline views. Call ahead to reserve a table and get a personalized, prix fixe menu! Chef favorites like Lobster Diavolo or Alaskan Halibut are available, along with appetizers and a dessert duo. 

Board a Love Boat

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Take your love on the lake with dinner aboard one of the luxurious Entertainment Cruises ships. Let the magical  sunset against the skyline take your breath away while you enjoy a tour around Lake Michigan featuring a panoramic view of Chicago. Specialty and holiday cruises change often, so always check our website for the most updated date night options!

Early Rising Couples

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Any morning birds out there? Do your daily couple’s workout routine on the Pier to start the day with the beauty and serenity of the lake. Share a quiet morning with your beau and break a sweat? Can’t beat that! The only thing left is to grab brunch afterward to re-fuel. 

Don’t forget to checkout our current and upcoming events page so you can stay informed on seasonal activities, exhibits and events – you’ll never know what we’ll have in store for you two next! 

Mother’s Day at Navy Pier 2016

Mother’s Day at Navy Pier 2016

April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016 Create memories that will last a lifetime on Mother’s Day weekend when you spend it at Navy Pier. We’re excited to showcase the best landmark, views, and plates Chicago has to offer all weekend long for the best moms around. Mother’s Day cruises, great food, and all kinds of picture-perfect views make for the ultimate […]

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April 6, 2016

Create memories that will last a lifetime on Mother’s Day weekend when you spend it at Navy Pier.

We’re excited to showcase the best landmark, views, and plates Chicago has to offer all weekend long for the best moms around. Mother’s Day cruises, great food, and all kinds of picture-perfect views make for the ultimate family time experience, and we’re ready to share our table and perfect skyline background with you and your mom. 

You’ve learned everything you know from your mom. So this Mother’s Day, it’s your turn to show her you know how to treat her right! We’ve compiled a few of our best ideas for showing mom how special she is.

Mother’s Day Cruises aboard the Odyssey, Mystic Blue or Spirit of Chicago

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Treat your mom to a brunch or dinner cruise with any of Entertainment Cruises‘ lines at Navy Pier. With a complimentary glass of champagne, plus a flower for every mom who boards – they do all the hard work for you! Three dining times throughout the day are available so that you can please mom no matter what her schedule. 

The best part? Book before April 24, 2016 and use promo code MOM20 for 20% off your purchase! 

A Show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

(Re)mix up Mother’s Day with Othello: The Remix at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Q Brothers are at it again with this hip hop adaptation of a classic Shakespearean original. Mother’s Day is the last day of this production’s month-long run, so you know the cast will be extra-amazing! 

Dinner & a Feature Flick

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Grab something casual in our new food experience or enjoy a sit-down meal. When you grab a reservation at Riva, it means Mom can enjoy fresh oysters, shellfish, champagne, and more! Of course if Mom is more of a burgers and beer type of gal, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Billy Goat Tavern, or DMK Burger & Fish Bar will definitely hit the spot. 

Mom isn’t the only superhero on the Pier, though. Opening May 5, Captain America: Civil War will be showing at Navy Pier IMAX in case the family wants to cozy on into the theater for a movie. 

We’ve done all the planning – the hard part is deciding what activities to choose for Mother’s Day! No matter what, your mom is going to be thrilled to spend the day with the family and we’re thrilled to have your family with us at Navy Pier. 

Pinot Days Chicago 2016

Pinot Days Chicago 2016

March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 Wine enthusiasts, producers, and more will be here at Navy Pier to share their passion for wine at Pinot Days Chicago. Returning on April 16, 2016, join us in welcoming some of the best domestic and international pinot noir crafters for a day of wine tasting, food samplings, and learning from the experts […]

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March 31, 2016

Wine enthusiasts, producers, and more will be here at Navy Pier to share their passion for wine at Pinot Days Chicago.

Returning on April 16, 2016, join us in welcoming some of the best domestic and international pinot noir crafters for a day of wine tasting, food samplings, and learning from the experts themselves. This annual event celebrates the art of red wine in the gorgeous Lakeview Terrace for a tasting experience like no other. Most participants featured on the wine floor are boutique-sized wineries representing a wide range of West Coast and European pinot noir styles. Pinot Days Chicago gives you one day, one place, one chance to find new wines you can get to know and love!

This year, the wine festival celebrates its 9th annual gathering in Lakeview Terrace. Take in amazing Lake Michigan views to accompany your favorite grape blend.

The event will feature pinot experts from 65 different wineries largely from California, Oregon, yet as far as New Zealand and Burgundy. The grand festival, sublime tastings, and dinner pairings are the perfect opportunity to get to know your wines, learn about pinot from the crafters themselves and become a pinot enthusiast one glass at a time. You’ll be able to paint the town with all things pinot! Activities include the Winemaker Dinners, “Meet the Winemaker” sessions and food pairings at nearby wine bars and restaurants. Additionally, the event includes partnerships with boutique retail stores for interactive tastings with your favorite shopping mates. The event will feature pinots from producers like Bouchaine Napa Vineyard, Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Kendric Vineyards and many more

The public and early entry tasting events are limited, so purchase tickets soon! Pinot noir devotees can have a more in-depth experience at the VIP Seminar Session with early access to the festival to get the wine conversations and enthusiasm going. Will you be there to raise a glass? 

 

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

March 23, 2016

March 23, 2016 Over fifteen majestic sailing vessels will glide into Navy Pier on July 27-31, 2016 for the return of one of the most recognizable festivals in the lakefront, Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016! This your chance to take in, step aboard, and set sail on some of the grandest ships from across the […]

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March 23, 2016

Over fifteen majestic sailing vessels will glide into Navy Pier on July 27-31, 2016 for the return of one of the most recognizable festivals in the lakefront, Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016! This your chance to take in, step aboard, and set sail on some of the grandest ships from across the globe.

Merriment in the spirit of our popular and rich littoral heritage, the long-awaited return of tall ships® to Chicago will feature Tall Ship on-board tours, daily sailaways, family-friendly activities, and even a fireworks display. This not-to-be-missed event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities like learning how to tie a sailor’s knot, so plan to stay the entire day or return over and over again with friends and family! If you attended the festival in 2013, you know what this five-day event will be all about! 

Prior to the celebrations, Navy Pier’s east end will be transformed to showcase the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the first freshwater summer sailing series, on June 10-12, 2016.  Save over 20% on single-day tickets to Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series and Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016.

Now, picture yourself on a beautiful summer day, in a great city with breathtaking sights, at the helm steering a magnificent tall ship through Lake Michigan waters…you don’t want to miss it!

For additional information on the festival and purchasing tickets, click here.

Want to volunteer for Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016? Sign up now!

 

Fun & Games at Chicago Children’s Museum

Fun & Games at Chicago Children’s Museum

March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016 There is no better time to stop by Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier then…. all year long! The Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to providing a safe, friendly environment where families can actively engage and build communities in their favorite setting: a playground. Learn about various educational topics, enjoy interactive exhibits, engage in […]

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March 10, 2016

There is no better time to stop by Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier then…. all year long!

The Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to providing a safe, friendly environment where families can actively engage and build communities in their favorite setting: a playground. Learn about various educational topics, enjoy interactive exhibits, engage in DIY crafts – all while becoming a part of the community in which learning and playing meet!

With over ten engaging learning exhibits, the little ones experience the freedom to utilize their imagination and spark all kinds of creativity. The museum is designed for kids to experience REAL fun and freedom to create, innovate, interact, and explore the possibilities outside of a personal computer’s screen. For example, jump into the world of innovation and design with the Boeing sponsored, Tinkering Lab, where families can interact while creating unique cause-and effect reactions.  Little ones can also splash into a sea of adventure and experience the power of water with WaterWays sensory rich world of water experience exhibit.

Check out the calendar of upcoming events to pick your favorite. Attend with your whole family to encourage education through hands-on interactive activities. Families can discover a new passion for nature, science, and the arts while interacting with new friends! The diverse programs bring math, science, literacy and much more to life, so come to Navy Pier and find out why the Chicago Children’s Museum is beloved by families all across Chicago! 

You can now enjoy these and many more experiential learning exhibits for free with Target Free Family Nights every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. In addition, every first Sunday of the month is free for those 15 and under, check out the full calendar and plan your next visit! 

 

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Blooming at Navy Pier

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Blooming at Navy Pier

March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016 CHICAGO IS …ready for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show!  Talented designers showcase over 20 gardens to welcome the first weeks of spring. Come join in on the 9 day-long festivities at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, occurring from March 12 – March 20, 2016 at Navy Pier. It’s […]

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

March 3, 2016

CHICAGO IS …ready for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show! 

Talented designers showcase over 20 gardens to welcome the first weeks of spring. Come join in on the 9 day-long festivities at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, occurring from March 12 – March 20, 2016 at Navy Pier.

It’s that time of the year to welcome the blooms, and ward off the blizzards! You won’t want to miss out on the biggest showcase for gardening fanatics all over the Midwest, hosted just steps away from the Magnificent Mile. Explore the art of gardening with countless different colorful attractions, activities, and exhibitions. With one-on-one interactions with insightful garden builders, exquisite Garden Gourmet dishes featuring fresh garden ingredients, and Julie’s Kids’ Activity Garden even the little ones will be inspired to express their creativity. Whether you are a returning enthusiast or just curious to see how Navy Pier’s Festival Halls gets converted into a colorful nature garden, there is no better way to welcome the spring blooms than by being a part of this stunning Chicago tradition.

The Chicago Flowers & Garden Show never ceases to amaze its guests with the extensive list of attractions. One favorite is The Home & Garden Marketplace, every gardener’s paradise. With over 100 exhibits to browse through, you are sure to find the perfect item to enhance your backyard masterpiece.

The show is also an opportunity to turn a family outing into an unforgettable educational experience. The little ones won’t want to go home after they spend the afternoon learning environment and ecosystems with our dedicated staff at the Kids Activity Garden through interactive gardening projects, arts & crafts, and much more!

Entertainment Cruises’ Spirit of Chicago will even let you take your gardening on the water! The Flower and Garden Show Cruises will definitely be a great addition to your Flower & Garden Show experience. 

Whether you choose to dine with Garden Gourmet top chefs or attend seminars to learn tips and tricks on outdoor décor and gardening from experts, experience Chicago in the most colorful way this spring. Grab your tickets today, and join us in revealing the beauty of spring in Chicago.

To keep up on the latest Chicago Flower & Garden Show news, visit www.chicagoflower.com.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Perfect for Families

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Perfect for Families

February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016 Have you heard? The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, is March 12-20, 2016 at Navy Pier! Fling yourself into spring with this nine-day event that will be blooming with ideas for planting, cultivating and revamping outdoor spaces. But make sure to make it a family affair because this year’s show […]

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February 25, 2016

Have you heard? The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, is March 12-20, 2016 at Navy Pier! Fling yourself into spring with this nine-day event that will be blooming with ideas for planting, cultivating and revamping outdoor spaces. But make sure to make it a family affair because this year’s show has a newly-expanded Kids’ Activity Garden filled with hands-on experiences and non-stop fun.

The JULIE Kids’ Activity Garden will give younger attendees the chance to play and interact with garden projects, potting parties, crafts and more! Check out all the ways you can cultivate a love for gardening and the outdoors with your whole family.

STEAM classroom

Whether your children go on to be artists, doctors or politicians, we know that the challenges their generation faces will demand creative solutions. British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park will section an area of the garden into sub areas to demonstrate their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) curriculum. During their visit to each classroom each child will design and build a biodegradable pot to plant using newspaper and wooden tool, fill newspaper pots with soil and seeds while discussing the conditions that plants need to germinate and grow, participate in a communal art project, and partake in projects pertaining to symmetry in flowers and plants.

Times: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

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Bugs and Worms

In this workshop, The University of Illinois Master Gardeners will demonstrate the use of worms to recycle food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil compost. Kids will also have the chance to interact with a few critters from the Insect Petting Zoo. On Saturday, don’t miss out on the edible insects and Madagascar Hissing Cockroach races!

Times: 12 p.m.– 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 12:00 p.m.- 3 p.m., Monday – Friday

Do You Know What’s Below?

Participants will begin their experience by dressing up in a hard hat and vest—just like Nicor Gas employees! These Junior Excavators will then learn how natural gas pipelines deliver energy source to homes and schools. Once the children help mark the underground pipelines on the job site, they can dig for “fossils” and other buried treasures underground. Sniffy the Skunk will also make an appearance to teach important natural gas safety tips.

Agriculture in the Classroom

Cook County Farm Bureau® will provide an agricultural education opportunity featuring make-and-take activities to teach children how their food grows from seed to plant. Then make your way to their garden to learn about soybeans, corn and machines that they use on the farm.

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Flowers for Kids

This interactive class is designed for those creative little minds eager to get floral. Children will be taught how to appreciate, care for and arrange flowers. At the end of the class, boys and girls will love their customized flower arrangements that they can take home.

Pinwheel Garden of Gratitude

Prevent Child Abuse America will facilitate the creation of personalized pinwheels that children can decorate and take home. In addition to coloring the pinwheels, children will be encouraged to attach messages of gratitude to them. Like the Bug Sanctuary, this is a fun and free activity for all children!

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be nothing short of family-friendly activities that promotes conservation and awareness of the natural environment through education, horticultural excellence and artistic expression. Join us this March for this event as we inspire, motivate and educate visitors of all ages with this year’s them: “CHICAGO IS…”

Visit www.chicagoflower.com for discounted tickets online. 

 

Cider Summit Chicago 2016

Cider Summit Chicago 2016

February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 Singles. Couples. Friends. Family. CHICAGOANS – Come One, Come All to the 4th annual Cider Summit Chicago. You’re invited to compare apples to apples in the Aon Grand Ballroom at the Pier! Cider enthusiasts are gathering at Navy Pier for the Fourth Annual Cider Summit on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Spend a […]

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Cider Summit Chicago

February 18, 2016

Singles. Couples. Friends. Family. CHICAGOANS –

Come One, Come All to the 4th annual Cider Summit Chicago.

You’re invited to compare apples to apples in the Aon Grand Ballroom at the Pier! Cider enthusiasts are gathering at Navy Pier for the Fourth Annual Cider Summit on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Spend a Saturday sipping on winning ciders from all over the globe. All attendees are sure to have a fruitful afternoon sampling from the hundreds of award winning cider at Chicago’s wonderful Navy Pier. The wide selection of tasty ciders includes ciders from the west to the biggest and best brings you new batches, new challenges. The Fruit Cider Challenge gives all attendees the opportunity be the judge of what cider will be awarded the title of best original batch.  It’s up to you to keep this brand-new Chicago tradition alive!

The Cider Summit Chicago, presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot, is the best way to immerse yourself in four unique cultures who share a passion for cider. Regional and international cideries from England, Scotland, Spain and France will have their best batches and pour you 4-ounce samples – 8 total included in your admission ticket. With over 140 regional, west coast, and international batches, there’s definitely something for everyone’s tastes.

With two separate sessions, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., there is plenty of delicious cider to go around. In addition, Cider Summit Chicago also features food pairings and a new Cider Cocktail Lounge! Don’t forget to stop by the store booth to grab your Cider Summit merchandise.

There’s nothing better than great booze and Chicago views! We are pleased to host SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective as they bring the region’s largest cider tasting to Navy Pier.

With standard and VIP ticket options – you can cut the line, cut the hassle, and start tasting the batches right when you arrive to the ballroom. How ‘bout them apples?

We can’t wait to see you at the Cider Summit Chicago! Tickets will sell out, so purchase online soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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