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Valentine’s Day Weekend at Navy Pier

Valentine’s Day Weekend at Navy Pier

February 4, 2016

February 4, 2016 This year, treat your significant other to a special Valentine’s Day at Navy Pier. With plenty of lovely events to choose from all weekend long, such as scenic view aboard a cruise, a lively theater play, or a delightful dinner, Valentine’s Day at Navy Pier is the perfect getaway for couples looking […]

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February 4, 2016

This year, treat your significant other to a special Valentine’s Day at Navy Pier. With plenty of lovely events to choose from all weekend long, such as scenic view aboard a cruise, a lively theater play, or a delightful dinner, Valentine’s Day at Navy Pier is the perfect getaway for couples looking for a special evening in the Windy City.

Valentine’s Weekend Cruises

Nothing says your love is boundless like the sea quite like experiencing the most romantic dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey, Spirit, or Mystic Blue. Here are your options:

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Indulge your love in a fine dining and dancing experience in an intimate setting, with Chicago’s stunning skyline as your backdrop. Tickets will include a delicious meal, a rose for each couple, and a champagne toast for adults 21 and older. We encourage you to come dressed to impress. Experiences can be enhanced further with Gold or Platinum Packages. Get your tickets here.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise – Saturday 13, 2016 (Boards at 7:00 p.m.)

Valentine’s Champagne Brunch Cruise – Saturday 14, 2016 (Boards at 12:15 p.m.)

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – Saturday, 14 2016 (Boards at 5:30 p.m.)

Spirit of Chicago

The Spirit of Chicago cruise includes a buffet-style brunch or dinner menu, DJ, and breathtaking views that will be sure to be the highlight of her week. Each couple will also get a rose and a champagne toast for adults 21 and older. What are you waiting for? Get sailing, lovebirds! Buy your tickets here for the following cruises:

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise – Saturday, 13, 2016 (Boards at 6:30 p.m.)

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – Saturday 14, 2016 (Boards at 6:00 p.m.)

And if you’re looking for a laugh on Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago also has an unforgettable night of comedy on Friday, February 12th.  This is a perfect event for a group of friends or fun date night. 

Valentine’s Weekend at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

Who knows love better than most well-known playright and poet in the world – William Shakespeare? Bring your significant other to the King Lear play at Chicago Shakespeare Theater this Valentine’s Day (because Romeo and Julie would be too cliche, and you’re love is far from trite). As CST explains it, this performance “features tempestuous poetic language and shoots through with touches of humor and moments of heart-rending simplicity, this production is one of the most striking and relevant artistic explorations of the human condition.”

To buy the schedule and tickets to King Lear, please click here.

Table Service Restaurants on Valentine’s Weekend

Let’s be honest, cooking up a three-course meal at home sounds romantic, but cleaning up afterwards—not so much. Skip the dishes and head out for Valentine’s Day dinner to one of these fine establishments located at the Pier.

No matter what cuisine, cruise, or event you choose, this special date at Navy Pier will make you fall in love all over again.

Flower Power: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Flower Power: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 It might be called The Second City, but Chicago is second to none! With its wonderful theater, music, culture, neighborhoods, architecture, fashion, sports, food, and of course, its gardens and parks, our city is a wondrous place and should be celebrated as such! To pay tribute to this amazing metropolis, the Chicago Flower […]

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January 28, 2016

It might be called The Second City, but Chicago is second to none! With its wonderful theater, music, culture, neighborhoods, architecture, fashion, sports, food, and of course, its gardens and parks, our city is a wondrous place and should be celebrated as such! To pay tribute to this amazing metropolis, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, will feature an array of gorgeous gardens by major Midwest designers interpreting the 2016 theme of “CHICAGO IS.” 

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show blooms March 12-20, 2016 inside Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, with several new offerings and features. There’s something for everyone at the show. For those with green thumbs to young sprouts, there are activities for any expertise or age level. Just be ready to get your hands dirty! Interactive activities like potting parties, gardening sessions, and a children’s playground mean you’ll never stop engaging with the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. For tickets and updated show information, including details on exhibits, gardening seminars, culinary demonstrations, children’s activities and the annual Evening in Bloom preview benefit on Friday, March 11, visit the Chicago Flower & Garden Show website.

Purchase your tickets in advance for special early bird prices! In addition, latecomers should take advantage of the Spring Fling ticket prices on March 17-19, for $10 entry after 5 p.m. on those days. 

Find the show on social media for up-to-the-minute details, special incentives, and even a few ticket giveaways on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to share your own excitement by using the hashtag #ChicagoFlower! 

An Ideal Weekend at Ideal Home Show Chicago

An Ideal Weekend at Ideal Home Show Chicago

January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 It’s time to make use of your home inspiration board on Pinterest. The Ideal Home Show Chicago is coming to Navy Pier on January 29-31, 2016 with oodles of home décor ideas and trends to help you turn your dream house into a reality! From comfy interiors to ideal kitchen or baths and lively outdoor […]

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January 21, 2016

It’s time to make use of your home inspiration board on Pinterest. The Ideal Home Show Chicago is coming to Navy Pier on January 29-31, 2016 with oodles of home décor ideas and trends to help you turn your dream house into a reality!

From comfy interiors to ideal kitchen or baths and lively outdoor spaces, this three-day show will give you the most comprehensive opportunity to shop for everything for your home all under one roof. Plus, find a pro who can help you create the ideal living space.

HGTV’s Elbow Room host and designer Chip Wade, will be at the show all weekend with tips and advice on customizing your space to suit your lifestyle. Find him on the Ideal Main Stage. You’ll also be able to hear from Duane Draughton, 3-D Designer for HGTV’S Ahmed Hassan and Owner at VizX Designs. This is your guy if you’re looking to build a beautiful outdoor living space or cool swimming pool. And if you’re looking for that extra push to upgrade your abode, Dr. Bob Wright will appear on stage on January 31 to help you reach your full potential. Talk about the ultimate transformation for you and your home!

Other highlights of the show include a splash of paint and wine at Fun Friday Night Painting Party with talented artist Derin Baratka, plenty of artsy allure for your bare walls, and an opportunity to donate for a great cause by creating a magnet with Habitat for Humanity Chicago.

Hours

Friday, January 29: noon to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets

$8 adults online, courtesy of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage

$10 adults (at the door) 

Children under 12 gain entry FREE with adult.

Sign up for more exciting show news, upcoming events, celebrity updates and receive discount tickets. Click to subscribe. Save $3 when you purchase tickets online. Reserve parking in advance with SpotHero, use promo code IDEALHOME at checkout for $5 Off.

Celebrate with a Mardi Gras Crawl at Navy Pier

Celebrate with a Mardi Gras Crawl at Navy Pier

January 14, 2016

January 14, 2016 You don’t have to go to New Orleans’ Latin Quarter to join in on the fun that is Mardi Gras! The World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl is excited to present the Mardi Gras Crawl which is happening at our very own Navy Pier. You might be thinking – how can I do […]

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January 14, 2016

You don’t have to go to New Orleans’ Latin Quarter to join in on the fun that is Mardi Gras! The World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl is excited to present the Mardi Gras Crawl which is happening at our very own Navy Pier.

You might be thinking – how can I do a bar crawl in this Chicago cold? Thankfully, this bar crawl has a wonderful (and warm) twist! You and your friends can toast to the day with your favorite beers and cocktails, all the while staying toasty as you look out onto the frosted Lake Michigan. Get the experience of a traditional bar crawl without stepping outside.  

Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, patrons can check in at the Crystal Gardens near the main entrance of Navy Pier before partying the day away. Guests can enjoy drink specials at the following bars: Harry Caray’s Tavern, Billy Goat Tavern, Riva Crab House, Spirit of Chicago, Margaritaville, DMK Burger Bar, Big City Chicken, Giordano’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and the Crystal Gardens. The Mardi Gras Crawl includes entry into the bar crawl, two drink tickets, and entertainment that includes live music, mask face-painting, games, raffles, prizes and more.

Don’t forget to post your pictures from the day and tag @PlayersChicago @MyDrinkOn and #MardiGrasCrawl for a chance to win two tickets to the Legend’s Lounge at The United Center for the Bulls or Hawks game (compliments of Bud Light)!

To purchase your tickets to the World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl’s Mardi Gras Crawl or to just get more information about the crawl at Navy Pier, please visit here. So put on your masks, grab your Mardi Gras beads, and join us at Navy Pier for Chicago’s best (and warmest) Mardi Gras Party. We hope to see you and your friends there as we celebrate Mardi Gras!

Chow Down in the New Food Experience

Chow Down in the New Food Experience

January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016 Chicago’s love of food sits squarely on its broad shoulders. The city has become a chow hound’s hot spot, with award-winning chefs and foodie talent elevating an already-thriving food scene to new gourmet heights. As part of our own reimagination, we’ve got a new food experience space at Navy Pier filled with well-known eateries that have enhanced the […]

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January 7, 2016

Chicago’s love of food sits squarely on its broad shoulders. The city has become a chow hound’s hot spot, with award-winning chefs and foodie talent elevating an already-thriving food scene to new gourmet heights. As part of our own reimagination, we’ve got a new food experience space at Navy Pier filled with well-known eateries that have enhanced the dining experience.

Next time you come to the Pier, we urge you to indulge in the following unmissable eats from our new and impressive restaurant partners. 

BIG BOWL CHINESE EXPRESS

A consistent option for authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine with an emphasis on highest quality, fresh ingredients, Big Bowl shares a long counter with Let Us Entertain You (LEYE) neighbors, Big City Chicken and Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice.

Must-have: Spice lovers we present to you the Cherry Bomb Shrimp, a harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, and the sweet and sour. You get large chunks of golden shrimp jumbled with napa cabbage, red & green onions, and chili sauce. Equally satisfying to the eye, nose, and palate. 

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BIG CITY CHICKEN

Big City Chicken is a fried chicken concept hatched by Lettuce Entertain You and M Burger’s Chef Tim Hockett. This eatery greets you with a colorful chicken head sign and gleaming white glazed tiles on the counter front and walls.

Must-have: Can’t go wrong with the Original Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which has a delicately flavored seasoning that doesn’t distract from that crunchy brown skin. Pair it with the skinny fries and sriracha mayo and you’re golden.

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(Photo via Chicago Tribune/ Anjali M. Pinto)

DMK BURGER AND FISH BAR

This is a new concept from DMK Restaurants, where you can have the best from the land and sea. Or what they call the “best grass-fed burgers that ever hit your lips” and “sustainable, wild caught and responsibly farmed seafood.” Now, you can enjoy some of the most delicious items from their genius hybrid menu at Navy Pier, near the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Must-have: Craving beef? Go with the #1, and we promise you that you will not be disappointed. It involves aged cheddar, smoked Bacon, charred Balsamic red onion, Rufus Teague’s BBQ Sauce. Craving fish? The Plancha Salmon: Caper & tarragon aioli, roasted cauliflower, and caramelized pearl onion. 

 

Beef and Bacon Burger

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(Photos via Instagram @dmkrestaurants)

FRANKIE’S PIZZA BY THE SLICE

Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice is an extension of Frankie’s 5th Floor Pizzeria located on Michigan Ave. Chris “Big Frankie” Favero, created a pizza crust that takes an American spin on the traditional Neapolitan pizza.

Must-have: Generally, sausage takes a backseat to pepperoni, but that is not the case at Frankie’s. Emerging from the oven slightly charred and bubbling, the sausage pan pizza – topped with tomato sauce, oregano, mozzarella, and big chunks of fresh house-made sausage – is the one to order. Make sure you also get a taste of their thirst-quenching strawberry lemonade.

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(Photo via Frankie’s)

Porkchop

If you’re in the mood for southern comfort food and BBQ, Porkchop is the place to go. 

Must-have: The Mouthful – pulled pork sandwich with chipotle bourbon BBQ sauce, fried pickles, red onion, jalapeño coleslaw. Although pulled pork might sound like an ubiquitous choice, this item is far from ordinary. It’s tender, but not mushy. Fatty and flavorful, not greasy. Smoky, but only in the background, where it lingered for seconds after each bite.

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GODDESS AND THE BAKER

And if you’re simply craving a good cup of coffee, Goddess and The Baker showcases a one-of-a-kind coffee program offering a rotating selection of beans plus specialty coffee drinks that will leave you energized all day. It also carries a delectable selection of salads and fresh-to-order sandwiches. 

Must-have: The S’more Frappe would be your sweet ending to a happy beginning. It consist of liquid chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallow flu, blended to gooey, crumble-licious perfection.

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(Photo via Instagram @goddessbaker)

FRESHII

About: You can find Freshii all around Chicago, and now you can find its energizing, health-conscious food at the new food experience at Navy Pier!

Must-have: If you want to get your health goals back on track, we suggest one of their revitalizing smoothies or juices! Perfect for your on-the-go day at Navy Pier, the Green Energy Juice and Green Smoothie are worth a try. 

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About: Hopefully you’ve saved enough room for dessert! Your two favorite men have set up shop next to Goddess and the Baker in the new food experience.

Must-have: Your favorite flavor, of course! Chocolate, strawberry, mint – the choice is yours. 

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PNC Bank Winter WonderFest: Guest Moments

PNC Bank Winter WonderFest: Guest Moments

December 30, 2015

December 30, 2015 The holiday season at Navy Pier has flown by! You only have until January 10, 2016 to enjoy PNC Bank Winter WonderFest with us. Festival Hall has turned into a special wonderland and our guests are having a winter wonderful time! Take a look at some of our favorite PNC Bank Winter WonderFest […]

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December 30, 2015

The holiday season at Navy Pier has flown by! You only have until January 10, 2016 to enjoy PNC Bank Winter WonderFest with us. Festival Hall has turned into a special wonderland and our guests are having a winter wonderful time! Take a look at some of our favorite PNC Bank Winter WonderFest activities below, and don’t forget to share your own pictures using #WWFest and #Upshow to be seen on the many screen around Winter WonderFest. 

First of all, you can decorate cookies and eat them.

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And then you can decorate your face…

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You can fall in love with all of our rides…

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…or just fall in love. 

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You can go ’round and ’round and the fun never stops.

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Because the magic of our festival is something to be treasured and shared!

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Purchase PNC Bank Winter WonderFest tickets online to save – we hope to see you soon! 

 

A Magnificent Eve at Navy Pier: NYE 2016

A Magnificent Eve at Navy Pier: NYE 2016

December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 Navy Pier is full of great venues for New Year’s Eve. Two of the biggest parties will be held in the Crystal Gardens and in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Learn more about these two events and how to get tickets to the two greatest parties of the year!  Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve […]

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December 16, 2015

Navy Pier is full of great venues for New Year’s Eve. Two of the biggest parties will be held in the Crystal Gardens and in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Learn more about these two events and how to get tickets to the two greatest parties of the year! 

Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve 2016 

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Join in on the celebration of the special, 10-year anniversary of one of Chicago’s most anticipated New Year’s Eve parties. The Crystal Gardens is one of Navy Pier’s premier entertainment venues. With 20 elite open bars, the talented DJ Dante Deiana as the entertainment headliner, and a private terrace to see Navy Pier’s midnight fireworks display, guests of this party are in for a treat! There will even be special 10-year Anniversary Guest DJs coming to spin the hottest tunes: pop, hip-hop, mash-ups, and more. 

General admission and VIP tickets are still available – but only for a limited time! Come see why this party has been toasting the New Year for 10 wonderful years. 

4th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala

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You are cordially invited to attend the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration in Chicago. Hosted by ChiTown Events, this party will be held in the Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace, at the east end of Navy Pier. The guests of this gala will enjoy a spectacular view of the Navy Pier midnight fireworks over Lake Michigan. Before the countdown, entertainment will be provided by several live DJs, one of which is B96’s mixmaster, DJ Metro.

This will be an unforgettable evening of celebrating the past year and looking forward to the new experiences of 2016! With delicious food stations, unique cocktails, and music for the masses, it will be a night you’ll be talking about for the next year.

There are General Admission, VIP tickets, Couples packages, and Private Table packages still available. Purchase yours before it’s too late! 

 

New Year’s Eve Cruises at Navy Pier

New Year’s Eve Cruises at Navy Pier

December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015 Welcome 2016 and experience New Year’s Eve celebrations like never before when you take to the lake! Join us on the lakefront where you’ll be surrounded by the view of Chicago’s gorgeous skyline lights. Check out the various cruise options brought to you by THE BEST venue in the city – hop on […]

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December 9, 2015

Welcome 2016 and experience New Year’s Eve celebrations like never before when you take to the lake! Join us on the lakefront where you’ll be surrounded by the view of Chicago’s gorgeous skyline lights. Check out the various cruise options brought to you by THE BEST venue in the city – hop on one of our cruise boats and let us put the magic into your New Year’s Eve.

Mystic Blue Eve of Eve Dinner Cruise

It’s never too early to begin the festivities and welcome the New Year on the right foot – or boat. Why wait? Celebrate a day early on this three hour-long cruise that is guaranteed to get the party started! Enjoy a nightlong premium bar, a delicious dining experience, and a variety of sweet treats throughout the evening. Although ringing in the New Year on the water is far from your typical New Year’s Eve celebration – you won’t be sacrificing the traditional midnight countdown with an exquisite glass of champagne. The party doesn’t stop when the ship is docked – all of the guests are welcome to mingle at a private dockside after-party on Mystic Blue’s modern decks surrounding the Pier.

Spirit of Chicago New Year’s Eve Family Lunch Cruise

The Pier is the #1 attraction to experience all of Chicago has to offer in one family-friendly exciting place.  Wow your little ones! Your family will be smiling from ear-to-ear while cruising the Lake, and join the Spirit of Chicago in counting down at noon to welcome the arrival of New Year. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a delightful lunch buffet featuring classic holiday favorite dishes, party hats for the kids, and complimentary champagne for those 21+. Give your family the New Year’s Eve experience without having to worry about a bedtime! 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Odyssey, Mystic Blue, and Spirit of Chicago:

Out with the old, in with the fireworks! Break out your party attire and dancing shoes and then join Odyssey, Mystic Blue, and Spirit of Chicago in welcoming the arrival of 2016 on Chicago’s lakefront. Take to the water for some cruising fun, magnificent skyline views, and the best parties of the night. Aboard this three-hour cruise you can indulge in our our holiday dinner buffet, open bar, champagne midnight toasts, and the famous firework show surrounding Navy Pier to top it all off! You’ll also experience live DJ entertainment spinning the hottest tracks of 2015 as you dance your way into the New Year. For more music and fun, all cruise guests are welcome to remain dockside at an after party at the Pier. 

You’ll have the best lakefront seat to welcome the New Year since all cruises occur during Navy Pier’s annual Midnight Fireworks Show!

Shakespeare 400 Chicago

Shakespeare 400 Chicago

December 2, 2015

December 2, 2015 In 2016, be not afraid of greatness. A global celebration four centuries in the making, join the entire city in commemorating the 400th anniversary of the passing of the greatest dramatist, poet, and playwright who ever lived! Shakespeare 400 Chicago will be a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 dedicated to the […]

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December 2, 2015

In 2016, be not afraid of greatness. A global celebration four centuries in the making, join the entire city in commemorating the 400th anniversary of the passing of the greatest dramatist, poet, and playwright who ever lived! Shakespeare 400 Chicago will be a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 dedicated to the vibrancy, relevance and reach of William Shakespeare.

Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will turn Chicago into the world’s stage. This yearlong extravaganza will feature over 1,000 local and international artists. Sixty local and about a dozen international cultural organizations and entrepreneurs, including the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shanghai Peking Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Rick Bayless and more will also take part in the festivities.

Shakespeare, a man whose influence is pan-cultural, is the ideal theme for such an event. Although he was a man of his times — writing for his contemporaries on topics that were the hot-button issues of his day — his prose, plots and characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet and can recite lines from Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy. Moreover, it’s only human to experience love, loss, betrayal, war, humor and tragedy, which gives Shakespeare an unshakeable foothold in modern times.

Shakespeare will be celebrated across communities and throughout the city’s classrooms in 2016. Get in on the action and join fellow Chicagoans and the world in attending the over 850 events set to take place with Shakespeare 400 Chicago. You can also access all things Shakespeare 400 Chicago online via their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Request a brochure for Shakespeare 400 Chicago and start planning your own Shakespeare celebration. 

Snow Much Fun

Snow Much Fun

November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 Chicago’s family favorite indoor winter cityscape for kids, Snow Much Fun, has returned in a flurry! Perfect for the entire family, this beloved holiday tradition requires no mittens when you experience the magic of Chicago in the wintertime. Grab the whole family and head to the interactive exhibit at the Chicago Children’s […]

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November 25, 2015

Chicago’s family favorite indoor winter cityscape for kids, Snow Much Fun, has returned in a flurry! Perfect for the entire family, this beloved holiday tradition requires no mittens when you experience the magic of Chicago in the wintertime.

Grab the whole family and head to the interactive exhibit at the Chicago Children’s Museum, Snow Much Fun, for all of your favorite winter outdoor activities that have been adapted for indoor play. Lose your shoes and hit the “ice” to swirl, slide and spin on the popular rink designed for sock-footed skaters of all ages. Once your family has worn themselves out on the rink, there are plenty of other “cool” activities to keep you and the family occupied for the afternoon. Grab the kids and build an “ice” fortress, or help dress up a “snow” family in snazzy hats and shimmering fabrics. With so many activities and games, the whole family can enjoy the “outdoors” without the cold.

The youngest visitors and the entire family will enjoy the ultimate indoor Chicago snow day. Snow Much Fun will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special seasonal hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 27, 28, and December 26 – December 30. However, please note that Snow Much Fun will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  For more information on hours, or to learn more about all the great activities happening at Snow Much Fun, visit the Chicago Children’s Museum website.

Plus, you can make a whole winter wonderful day at Navy Pier by also attending PNC Bank Winter WonderFest! There’s plenty of wintry events to enjoy with us at the Pier, check out all of the other activities

Sleigh the Santa Hustle 5k

Sleigh the Santa Hustle 5k

November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 It’s “snow” wonder why the Santa Hustle 5k is such a popular event each year! The Santa Hustle is the best way to get yourself into the holiday mood, as you jingle all the way through the course to festive music. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, there are even cookie and candy stations […]

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November 19, 2015

It’s “snow” wonder why the Santa Hustle 5k is such a popular event each year! The Santa Hustle is the best way to get yourself into the holiday mood, as you jingle all the way through the course to festive music. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, there are even cookie and candy stations along the way to give you a sugar rush. 

Join the masses for this holiday race on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Soldier Field at 8:00 a.m. as you and thousands of other Santas run along the lake. Grab your friends and family to create a new holiday tradition and experience a race like never before. 

After you finish the 5k, hustle on over to Navy Pier for the Santa Hustle post-race party. All the bars will be  open at 10 a.m. for Santa Hustle runners. Be sure to bring your race bib along in order to receive some amazing food and drink specials.

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Not only will you get into the Christmas spirit with the Santa Hustle you will also be running for a good cause! The 2015 Santa Hustle Chicago Charity is proud to be partnering with the American Cancer Society

As if the race wasn’t fun enough, participants will even receive a dri-fit half zip along with the iconic Santa hat and beard. How do you look at Register for the Santa Hustle 5k before it’s too late! 

And don’t forget to use the code CHICAGOSANTA to save $5 on registration!

 

PNC Bank Winter WonderFest 2015

PNC Bank Winter WonderFest 2015

November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 Join us for the season of Pier. We absolutely can’t wait for PNC Bank Winter WonderFest to open at Navy Pier.   The 15th annual PNC Bank Winter WonderFest will be located in Festival Hall and will run from December 5, 2015 to January 10, 2016. There will be more than 24 rides, […]

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November 12, 2015

Join us for the season of Pier. We absolutely can’t wait for PNC Bank Winter WonderFest to open at Navy Pier.  

The 15th annual PNC Bank Winter WonderFest will be located in Festival Hall and will run from December 5, 2015 to January 10, 2016. There will be more than 24 rides, including the 50-foot-high indoor Ferris Wheel, musical entertainment, ice skating on the 170,000 square foot Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink, and fun photo opportunities. The best part about all these activities? They’re all indoors; we’ll provide the magic of the holidays without having to worry about winter weather!

Experience the wonder of PNC Bank Winter WonderFest with our Activity Ticket. Grab the whole family and begin the day spinning round and round inside an over-sized teacup on the Hot Cocoa Cups – a beloved attraction at the fest. Grab a view of the entire festival on our 50-foot high indoor Ferris wheel. Take a slide down our 15-foot-high tubing hill, experience the arctic plunge on our polar bear slide, and then take a spin on the Wonder Whirl. There’s something for the entire family to enjoy at PNC Bank Winter WonderFest!

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It’s not a holiday festival without a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Residence. You can meet with one of Santa’s elves and then tell Santa Claus what’s on your holiday wish list. A professional photographer will be ready to capture your visit.

End the day with a family photo on top of a giant rocking horse, before taking in the beauty of our 42-foot, magnificent tree – the centerpiece of PNC Bank Winter WonderFest.

The general admission and activity tickets are available online – save more when you purchase in advance! The general admission includes entrance to the PNC Bank Winter WonderFest and the following rides and activities:  Jingle Jym Jr., Kringle Carousel, Reindeer Express Train Ride, and photo opportunities at the Holiday Howdy House and Snowglobe Live.

The best option for your visit is a Family 4-Pack of activity tickets, so that you can experience all of the rides and activities while also saving money by purchasing in advance.

We can’t wait to see you on December 5, 2015 – it’ll be the best PNC Bank Winter WonderFest yet!

Playtime at Navy Pier: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Playtime at Navy Pier: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 It’s always playtime at Navy Pier, but things go into overdrive on November 21-22, 2015 for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Children and parents alike will enjoy a weekend full of games and creativity. Try out the newest toys and games from all around the world, and play with old favorites. […]

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October 29, 2015

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It’s always playtime at Navy Pier, but things go into overdrive on November 21-22, 2015 for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Children and parents alike will enjoy a weekend full of games and creativity. Try out the newest toys and games from all around the world, and play with old favorites. In addition to the exhibits from various toy makers, there are some key events that children can participate in and win prizes!

Young Inventor Challenge

Children aged 6 to 18 have the opportunity to showcase their own inventions! Whether it’s a new toy or game, these young inventors will have the ears of the present toy and game industry professionals, media, and, of course, all of the audience members. 

The 1st place prize package includes dinner for the winner and his or her family at the delectable Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a VIP tour of Lund and Company Invention LLC, a Meccanoid robot and Meccano multi-piece set from Spin Master, an interview on “Got Invention Radio”, a feature article in Inventors Digest Magazine, and a trip to New York Toy Fair! 

We cannot wait to see what all these young inventors come up with – the competition will be held on Saturday, November 21 in Festival Hall A. 

Star Wars Luncheon

This popular, intergalactic lunch is a separately ticketed event that will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Lakeview Terrace. Guests have the opportunity to take photos with storm troopers and other characters from the Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist, a chance to win giveaways and prizes, and enjoy a Star Wars-inspired buffet lunch. 

After you feast on R2D2 Dogs, Chewbacca Nachos, Jumbo Wookies Cookies, Darth Brownies, and Jabba the Punch, your ticket also includes entry into the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. 

Bring Your Grandparents Day

You’re never too old to for a day of fun, and the Toy & Game Fair is ready to prove it. On the second and final day of the Toy & Game Fair, it’s Bring Your Grandparents Day! Your beloved grandmother or grandfather receives free admission into the fair when they come along for the day with you. 

Are you ready for a weekend of fun and games? We are too! Purchase your tickets today for an event full of nonstop play. 

 

Pierfectly Spooky Halloween

Pierfectly Spooky Halloween

October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015 What’s your favorite part about Halloween? Whether it’s scary movies, trick-or-treating, or haunted mazes, Navy Pier is the place for you to have a spooktastic weekend. Break out your best costumes for our Halloween costume contest, starting at 6 p.m. on October 31. Later in the evening, we will even have a […]

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October 22, 2015

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What’s your favorite part about Halloween? Whether it’s scary movies, trick-or-treating, or haunted mazes, Navy Pier is the place for you to have a spooktastic weekend. Break out your best costumes for our Halloween costume contest, starting at 6 p.m. on October 31. Later in the evening, we will even have a special Halloween night fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Here’s a look at some of the Halloween horrors happening at Navy Pier: 

Spooky Movies

If you loved our summer movie series at Pepsi Skyline Stage, then you know you’ll enjoy our Spooky Movies! On October 23, 24, 30 and 31, you can expect a double feature of Halloween flicks. The family-friendly features will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by adult scary movies at 8 p.m. All the 5:30 movies are rated PG and the later flicks are all rated R. Keep in mind, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to Spooky Movies without a parent or legal guardian. See the series schedule below:

Friday, 10/23:
5:30 pm: Beetlejuice (PG)
8:00 pm: The Shining (R)

Saturday, 10/24:
5:30 pm: Hocus Pocus (PG)
8:00 pm: The Lost Boys (R)

Friday, 10/30:
5:30 pm: ET (PG)
8:00 pm: Psycho (R)

Saturday, 10/31:
5:30 pm: Casper (PG)
8:00 pm: Carrie (R)

Trick-or-Treating

Suit up for three days of trick-or-treating with the family. Children under 12 in costume can grab sweet treats at various spots along the Pier. Trick-or-treating days are on Saturday, October 24 from 12 – 4 p.m., Friday, October 30 from 4 -8 p.m., and Saturday, October 31 from 12 – 4 p.m.

Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze

Evil, bloodthirsty clowns are taking over the Amazing Chicago Maze for just four days this month! This attraction is not for younger children, as it can get scary. Admission is $15 and the haunted maze will be open on October 24, 30, and 31 from 6 – 10 p.m. and on October 25 from 4 – 8 p.m.  

(Not So) Spooky October at the Chicago Children’s Museum

For those into more kook than spook, play at the Chicago Children’s Museum throughout the month of October. Create crazy creatures, play with slick slime, or design your own costume – the creativity is endless.

Seadog Haunted Tours  

Chicago has quite the spooky past and Seadog Cruises is willing to tell you all the spine-tingling tales! From spirits to supernatural occurrences, your tour guide will spin you the story of our city’s dark past as you cruise along the river. 

For more info on all the spectacular spookiness happening at Navy Pier, visit our website

Don’t miss SOFA Chicago

Don’t miss SOFA Chicago

October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015 Architecture lovers and design enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for the 22nd annual SOFA CHICAGO, November 5-8 at Navy Pier. SOFA CHICAGO will debut a newly designed floor plan and overall look of the fair, as well as programming and special exhibits with a focus on topics that will appeal […]

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October 14, 2015

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Architecture lovers and design enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for the 22nd annual SOFA CHICAGO, November 5-8 at Navy Pier. SOFA CHICAGO will debut a newly designed floor plan and overall look of the fair, as well as programming and special exhibits with a focus on topics that will appeal to both architects and those who have a special interest in architecture and design. The Fair, which runs during the Chicago Architecture Biennial (October 3-January 3), will celebrate Chicago’s rich history in architecture and iconic buildings with works of art, lectures, special exhibits and industry experts.

Things to look for at SOFA CHICAGO:

The re-envisioned design of the fair floor and terraces will create a more open and cohesive show layout. Designed by Chicago-based Wrap Architecture, changes to the fair include a new, centrally located main entrance, the relocation of the popular SOFA CHICAGO Lecture Series to the show floor, additional lounges and cafés.

Glass artist Norwood Viviano (represented by Heller Gallery) will present a special lecture, Norwood Viviano: ata Miner, on Friday, November 6 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, where he will explore how he uses mapping tools from cities around the world to investigate the relationship between industry, population change, and landscape.

On Saturday, November 7 at 2:30 pm, be sure to stop by a special lecture presented by Chicago Architecture Biennial Co-Artistic Director Sarah Herda, who will discuss The State of Architecture. Herda will present her vision for the biennial and how it brought to life architectural ideas and experiments from across the world, demonstrating how creativity can radically transform our lived experience. She will also discuss select ideas and projects presented in the Biennial exhibitions.

The SOFA Selects panel will include a number of acclaimed architects who have been asked to choose favorite pieces from nearly 70 galleries from across the globe. Pieces selected by Zurich Esposito, executive director, American Institute of Architects and publication director, Chicago Architect magazine, Jackie Koo, principal, KOO LLC, Cheryl Noel and Ravi Ricker, principals, Wrap Architecture, and Todd Heiser, Design Principal and Studio Design Leader, Gensler,  will be a part of SOFA Selects. 

One of the very exciting and informative SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibits will feature Rural Studio, whose exhibition will explore 22 years of designing and building in West Alabama. And, on Saturday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m., a special lecture presentation from Andrew Freear, Professor and Director of Rural Studio will be presented.

Check out the innovative design and forward-thinking taking place at universities throughout the nation at the CONNECT student design competition. Students from Illinois Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, San Diego State University, University of Cincinnati – College of Design/Architecture/Art and Planning, University of Iowa, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will create 576-foot seating areas on the show floor where attendees to SOFA CHICAGO can relax and “connect” during the fair.

SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, and they allow access to all aspects of SOFA CHICAGO. Tickets for Opening Night are $150 for the 5 – 9 p.m. VIP Preview and three-day pass, $75 for the 7 – 9 p.m. Public Preview and three-day pass, and $50 for the Public Preview only. General Admission tickets are $20 for a single day pass or $30 for a three-day pass. Students and senior (with ID), and groups (10 or more) are $15. For advance ticket sales visit www.sofaexpo.com

For more information, please visit www.sofaexpo.com or call 800.563.SOFA (7632). 

 

SOFA CHICAGO Returns to Navy Pier

SOFA CHICAGO Returns to Navy Pier

October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015 (Photo by R25 Productions) Preview Chicago’s hottest art and design fair at the SOFA CHICAGO Opening Night on Thursday, November 5, 2015. SOFA CHICAGO is the premier art fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design, and this year’s preview will give attendees a first-look at art and design galleries from […]

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October 8, 2015

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Preview Chicago’s hottest art and design fair at the SOFA CHICAGO Opening Night on Thursday, November 5, 2015. SOFA CHICAGO is the premier art fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design, and this year’s preview will give attendees a first-look at art and design galleries from around the world.  SOFA CHICAGO also boasts a new floor plan and layout designed by Chicago-based Wrap Architecture.

Artists and galleries from across the globe will converge at SOFA CHICAGO with their latest pieces – all museum-quality masterworks of contemporary art and design!  Opening Night guests will be the first to experience the fair, meet hundreds of artists, view thousands of works of art from nearly 70 galleries (17 of them first-time exhibitors), and mix and mingle with gallerists, artists, curators, designers – the most elite art influencers in Chicago. 

SOFA CHICAGO, which opens to the public on Friday, November 6, 2015 is one of the most successful art fairs in the country, with art featured in a variety of mediums including glass, fiber, jewelry, metal and wood. New this year, the fair’s expanded scope includes painting, photography and works on paper. In all, more than 36,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair throughout the weekend.

Also new this year, a limited number of VIP Preview tickets are available!  Visit SOFAEXPO.COM for more information! Complimentary wine and light refreshments are with admission.

And, if you can’t make the Opening Night Preview, be sure to make plans to attend SOFA CHICAGO, November 6-8. Hours are Friday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 6 p.m. Tickets available on sofaexpo.com.

A Grand #FerrWell

A Grand #FerrWell

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015 Last weekend, thousands joined us at Navy Pier to say goodbye to our beloved Ferris wheel. Between cherishing the old memories and cultivating new ones with that one final ride, it was an emotional weekend! We decided to share some of our favorite commemorations to the wheel from our #Ferrwell fans on Instagram. […]

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October 1, 2015

Last weekend, thousands joined us at Navy Pier to say goodbye to our beloved Ferris wheel. Between cherishing the old memories and cultivating new ones with that one final ride, it was an emotional weekend! We decided to share some of our favorite commemorations to the wheel from our #Ferrwell fans on Instagram.

Some went with the standard #Ferrwell…

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While others, proposed a different strategy…

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Some conquered their fear of heights. 

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Others took their first and final rides.

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There was especially great dedication in the overnight hours.

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And people jumped at the chance to say goodbye. 

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Especially when it came to the #Ferrwell commemorative tickets.  

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But eventually…it was lights out! 

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And #Ferrwell. 

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In Search of the Truth at EXPO CHICAGO

In Search of the Truth at EXPO CHICAGO

September 17, 2015

  It’s been a busy week in Festival Hall as the many participants of EXPO CHICAGO tirelessly worked to set up their exhibits. One such project we are excited to visit is In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) – a collaborative effort between Project& and the Cause Collective. We spoke with the Project& […]

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It’s been a busy week in Festival Hall as the many participants of EXPO CHICAGO tirelessly worked to set up their exhibits. One such project we are excited to visit is In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) – a collaborative effort between Project& and the Cause Collective. We spoke with the Project& team to learn more about the installation and, true to form, they gave us all the details:
 
How would you describe Project & to someone who had never heard of you before?
 
Project& is an arts entity collaborating with artists to create new models of cultural participation & experience with social impact.
 
We amplify artistic voices that risk, engage, investigate and inspire.
 
We create models and new work that cross platforms and focus on human experiences putting new narratives, agency, and equitable participation at the center.
 
We work with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Fellows Lynsey Addario and Claire Chase, Visual Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Cheryl Pope and Jim Hodges, Performer E. Patrick Johnson and Filmmaker Yance Ford. 
 
Why did you decide to participate in EXPO CHICAGO?
 
EXPO CHICAGO is one of the most exciting, growing cultural gatherings in the city and nationally – Tony Karman’s vision is expansive. He envisions so many dimensions that we find working with him extremely inspiring.
 
This year’s inaugural collaboration between Project& and EXPO CHICAGO is the beginning of a rich, on-going series focused on Social Aesthetics. Jane M. Saks (President and Artistic Director, Project&) and Tony Karman (President and Director, EXPO CHICAGO) have been in conversation for years and years about creating programming that converges arts and social justice for one of the country’s most-anticipated exhibitions.
 
What is the concept behind In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)? 
 
In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is a collaborative work by internationally-celebrated artists Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks of the Cause Collective. It is a mobile, interactive video recording booth open to the public that asks participants to look into a camera and finish the statement “The truth is…”
 
The project debuted at Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival in 2011 and has since traveled to locations including South Africa, Afghanistan, Cleveland, Miami, Brooklyn and now to Chicago with Project& and EXPO Chicago. To further animate The Truth Booth in Chicago, Project& has invited local organizations from across the city to participate and engage the breadth of this urban population and represent the deep, civic commitment and ideals of Chicago.
 
From The Truth Booth video recordings, Project& and the Cause Collective will create a cinematographic piece reflecting Chicago’s diverse opinions, perspectives, passions and confessions.
 
What kind of work and preparation goes into a large-scale installation such as this?
 
First – a dedication to the deep spirit of the work and the belief that everyone has a TRUTH that needs to be heard. That has been key in every aspect of the collaboration.
 
It takes collective effort, a clearly-articulated vision and strong leadership to coordinate a cross-country installation of this magnitude.  And everyone has to be generous with each other because there are always moments for wrinkles on the way to a fantastic, thrilling and moving experience. We are lucky to be be able to do this work!
 
What are you hoping the public gains from your installation?
 
“We’ve learned a lot about the importance of giving people a platform to express themselves in an open format without fear of judgment,” says artist Hank Willis Thomas. “What we believe to be true affects our perception of other people and the world. It’s important to acknowledge that everyone has their own perspective on the truth, and that those are all equally valuable.”
 
What exhibit are you most interested in seeing at EXPO this year?
 
“As always,” says Project&’s President and Artistic Director, Jane M. Saks, “I’m most interested in experiencing something at EXPO and in the city that I have no idea exists, yet…….And, in addition, who doesn’t like to take a swing by known loves as well and get to gaze at old favorites seen anew?”
 
Finish this sentence: “The truth is…”
 
“The truth is…….The Truth Booth is the essence of a gift economy,” says Jane M. Saks. “The only obligation participants have to each other is to give as much as they can and pass it on. It’s about authenticity and generosity. What an incredible global exchange to take place at EXPO CHICAGO on Navy Pier.”
 
You can visit In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) at EXPO CHICAGO all weekend. For tickets to EXPO, visit expochicago.com.
EXPO CHICAGO 2015 at Navy Pier

EXPO CHICAGO 2015 at Navy Pier

September 9, 2015

Plan your visit to EXPO CHICAGO/2015! EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from over 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and includes EXPOSURE—a […]

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Plan your visit to EXPO CHICAGO/2015!

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from over 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and includes EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. EXPOSURE provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

For a full list of exhibitors, please click here

 

2015 Programming

In addition to the galleries on view, EXPO CHICAGO/2015 will feature dynamic on-site programming including /Dialogues panel discussions, presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Special Exhibitions, showcasing select international organizations, non-profits and institutions; EXPO VIDEO, a curated selection of new media, film and video works presented in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago; as well as IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, and EXPO Projects, a curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.

 

/Dialogues

Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. Located on the far east end of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, the /Dialogues stage will feature continuous programming throughout each day of the fair, offering guests multiple chances to see and hear riveting discussions between some of the most respected arts professionals living today. The 2015 program features over 60 panelists, with highlights including Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Hairy Who Artists; Diego Perrone, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo and Letizia Ragaglia; Matthieu Poirier and Daniel Buren; and Thelma Golden, Solveig Øvstebø and Franklin Sirmans in conversation with Jacob Proctor. The panel discussions at EXPO CHICAGO seek to enhance the visitor experience by offering engaging, thought-provoking conversations that span a wide variety of topics beyond art, and affect many aspects of contemporary culture. For a detailed schedule and listing of participants, please click here

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Special Exhibitions

The Special Exhibitions program offers unique, high quality presentations and site-specific work throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall. Complementing the exposition’s surrounding core programming, these exhibitions illustrate and preserve the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations. For a full list of participants, please click here

 

EXPO VIDEO

Curated by writer, independent curator and Director of MOSTYN (Wales, United Kingdom) Alfredo Cramerotti, the program will feature more than 15 artists and filmmakers creating some of the most exciting and cutting-edge film, video and new media works chosen from the 140 participating galleries exhibiting at the fourth annual exposition. The 2015 EXPO VIDEO program is presented in partnership with Columbia College Chicago. Titled “Futuro Anteriore” (“Future Perfect”), this year’s program examines the apparent contradiction of this phrase indicating events, experiences and facts that are considered, but remain part of the future. For more information on EXPO VIDEO, please click here

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IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, and EXPO Projects

Situated throughout the exposition floor, the 2015 IN/SITU program is curated by Louis Grachos, Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin. Bringing his unique curatorial vision to the program, Grachos’ selection features large-scale installations and site-specific works by leading artists represented by EXPO CHICAGO/2015 Exhibitors. The 2015 program is curated within the framework of suspension, featuring works that are inspired by light, climate, and atmospheric conditions. At Navy Pier, EXPO Projects is presented alongside IN/SITU, organized by EXPO CHICAGO and highlighting works by emerging and established artists.

Inaugurated in 2014, IN/SITU Outside provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO Exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the Lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods, presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District (CPD) and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

To see a full list of participants, please click here

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EXPO ART WEEK

Highlighting the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and visitors, EXPO CHICAGO—in conjunction with Choose Chicago and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)—presents EXPO ART WEEK September 14–20, 2015. With the exposition as its centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK features the city’s most prestigious institutions with select aligned programming for this citywide celebration of arts and culture including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, outdoor installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances, and exceptional dining experiences. Please click here for more details. For a full guide to special events and aligned exhibitions, please click here

For more information and advance tickets, please visit expochicago.com

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Labor Day Weekend at Navy Pier

Labor Day Weekend at Navy Pier

September 2, 2015

Although Labor Day often marks the end of summer, there are plenty of things happening at Navy Pier to keep the summer spirit alive. Visitors and Chicago locals alike can enjoy everything from boat tours, live music, outdoor movies, and of course all of the delicious restaurants. Whether you’re heading down for a day or […]

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Although Labor Day often marks the end of summer, there are plenty of things happening at Navy Pier to keep the summer spirit alive. Visitors and Chicago locals alike can enjoy everything from boat tours, live music, outdoor movies, and of course all of the delicious restaurants. Whether you’re heading down for a day or spending the whole weekend with us, take a look at this list of events and activities to help plan out the perfect holiday weekend!

Movies on the Pier

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Kick off the weekend with an outdoor movie. On Thursday, September 3 the covered, open-air Pepsi Skyline Stage will feature Caddyshack at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to arrive early because the first 100 guests will receive a unique giveaway that matches the theme of the movie! You can find more information about Movies on the Pier here.

Music at Landshark Beer Garden

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If you’re looking for some awesome live music, Landshark Beer Garden is the place to be. With concerts on all four days of the long weekend, you’re bound to find a show that matches your music preferences. Stop by for a few songs or stay for the last encore. Here is the full lineup of shows:

Friday September 4:  

  • Leonum 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Red Rebel County 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday September 5:

  • Safe Haven 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Ginger Road 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday September 6:

  • The Hot Sauce Committee 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Ultimate Concept 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Monday September 7:

  • MER 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Aon Summer Fireworks

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 It wouldn’t be Labor Day without some classic fireworks right on Lake Michigan. Head to the Pier Saturday night at 10:15 p.m. for a spectacular display of color and light over the city. You don’t want to miss this show—it’s the last one of the summer season!

Cruises

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If you’d rather spend your holiday out on the lake or the Chicago River, there are tons of options for boat cruises and tours! Check out some of the cruises below:

Shoreline Sightseeing: 

  • Architecture Fireworks Cruise: Saturday 9:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
  • Lake Fireworks Cruise: Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Seadog:

  • Lakefront Fireworks Cruise: Saturday 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Architecture Tour—Sunday and Monday (multiple departure times)
  • Lakefront Speedboat Tour—Sunday and Monday (multiple departure times)

For a full list of Seadog cruises, visit their website.

Odyssey:

  • Fireworks Dinner Cruise: Saturday 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Champagne Brunch Cruise: Sunday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Labor Day Prix Fixe Dinner Cruise: Monday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Find more information about Odyssey Labor Day weekend cruises here.

Mystic Blue:

  • Blue after Dark Moonlight Cruise: Saturday 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Labor Day Sunday Dinner Cruise: Sunday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Visit the Mystic Blue website for more details about Labor Day weekend cruises.

Spirit of Chicago:

  • Skyline Lunch Cruise: Friday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge: Saturday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruise: Sunday 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

See more Labor Day weekend cruise options on the Spirit of Chicago website.

 

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