June 9, 2017
June 9, 2017 If you haven’t visited Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones yet, it is truly a sight to see! With nearly 18,000 square feet and over 500 rare items, it’s an experience for music fans of all kinds. Along with the exhibit, be sure to check out all the special offers from Navy Pier’s partners. From […]
June 9, 2017
If you haven’t visited Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones yet, it is truly a sight to see! With nearly 18,000 square feet and over 500 rare items, it’s an experience for music fans of all kinds. Along with the exhibit, be sure to check out all the special offers from Navy Pier’s partners. From entertainment to dining to retail, it’s the ticket that keeps on giving!
Spirit of Chicago Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Cruise
June 30, 2017 7:30PM-10:30PM
This specialty cruise is themed as (you guessed it) The Rolling Stones! The nighttime cruse features live performances from onboard band Rockaholics playing some of the Stones’ biggest hits. As always, the cruise will offer small bites and drinks to power you through the night. So grab a friend, throw on your dancing shoes and rock the night away on Lake Michigan!
Tickets available HERE.
Harry Caray’s – Rolling Stones Special Menu
Navy Pier location only – limited time
Inspired by Exhibitionism, Harry Caray’s has created a menu just for the occasion. It features the Stone’s favorite drink, Tequila Sunrise, along with some other song-inspired cocktails. The restaurant has also whipped up some Stones-themed food like the “Under My Bun” burger and the “Jumpin’ Mac Flash” grilled cheese.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville – Special Margarita
Until July 30th
Now until the end of July, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville has created a Stones-inspired margarita. Be sure to stop by and grab one. But don’t forget to wash up after so you don’t get sticky fingers…get it?
Riva – VIP Special
With your purchase, Exhibitionism VIP ticket holders are invited to book preferred reservations in advance at RIVA. In addition, they have created Exhibitionism Special Menu that includes drinks, eats and dessert for your Stones-themed night. PLUS, if you use the hashtag #Rivaexhibitionism at the exhibit, you will be entered to win one of the guitars on display!
Tiny Tavern – Free Pizza
When you buy a bottle of wine, Tiny Tavern will offer Exhibitionism guests a complimentary cheese or margherita pizza!
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June 2, 2017
June 2, 2017 Summer is rolling in and the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier is the place to be. One of Chicago’s most popular destinations is open for all ages with FREE admission. Soak up the sun, kick back and listen to live music while sipping on an ice-cold cocktail and devouring a […]
June 2, 2017
Summer is rolling in and the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier is the place to be. One of Chicago’s most popular destinations is open for all ages with FREE admission. Soak up the sun, kick back and listen to live music while sipping on an ice-cold cocktail and devouring a beer-soaked brat. Enjoy a brew with the best view of Chicago.
Live on the Lake! is a can’t miss event with free music and dancing on the Pier. The summer series has released their 2017 lineup and it’s better than ever. Support Chicago-based groups when tourists and locals come together for a fantastic summer lineup including some of Chicago’s hottest bands: Rockaholics, Guy King, Tinsley Ellis, Wedding Banned, and The Magic Lightnin’ Boys. Check out the complete summer lineup!
Join us to groove to blues music every Wednesday evening and dance with the band every Thursday at the Miller Lite Beer Garden. To make it even better, on Wednesday and Saturday nights get a spectacular view of the Aon Summer Fireworks along with a live concert. It’s a must-see for all tourists to fully experience the heart of Chicago.
Plan a full day with hundreds of events that Navy Pier has to offer. Pack your schedule with a cruise on Lake Michigan, ride the Centennial Wheel, play at the Chicago Children’s Museum, shop your heart out, and catch a show at the historic Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When you need a break from all these activities, you can count on Miller Lite Beer Garden for a seat and a refreshing beverage.
From date nights and happy hours with friends to family gatherings, the Miller Lite Beer Garden can cater to your needs. With a lively atmosphere and delicious bar fare, everyone will have a great time. Your day of fun at Navy Pier doesn’t have to stop at the Centennial Wheel–turn it into a night full of music and dancing at the beer garden.
The Miller Lite Beer Garden is also available for private events. Book your next corporate party, special event or casual get-together here. Our outdoor location can hold up to 400 guests. Contact us at beergarden@StefaniGroup.com or (312) 595-5436 for more information.
Still need convinced? Nothing beats the spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from the Miller Lite Beer Garden. It’s a can’t-beat outdoor dining and drinking experience. Cheers!
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017 Memorial Day Weekend is a few days away, which means the unofficial beginning of Summer is finally here. This weekend gives us the chance to honor those who have protected and served our country. We thank those who have served in the military and have died in service. After you’re done at […]
May 25, 2017
Memorial Day Weekend is a few days away, which means the unofficial beginning of Summer is finally here. This weekend gives us the chance to honor those who have protected and served our country. We thank those who have served in the military and have died in service. After you’re done at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday morning come spend your weekend at Navy Pier.
Kick off the start of summer with Memorial Day festivities at Navy Pier. Plan your weekend trip now. From live music, local eats, and free yoga to sunset cruises and firework displays; Navy Pier is where the action is. So get outdoors and celebrate the beautiful Chicago weather with family and friends at the pier.
Start the boating season on a high note with a Memorial Day Weekend cruise. Marvel at the Chicago skyline while sailing the waters of Lake Michigan or Chicago River on one of Navy Pier’s exclusive cruises.
The Spirit of Chicago Memorial Day Weekend cruises includes brunch, lunch, or dinner buffets on the 2-3 hour rides. Dance to their DJ and get an exclusive view of the fireworks. Odyssey Memorial Day Weekend cruises offer various times throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing. Enjoy food, drinks, dancing, and take in the stunning views during the cruise. Mystic Blue Fireworks cruise on Saturday night includes a buffet dinner, DJ, drinks, and interactive games. Experience Navy Pier’s legendary fireworks display while dancing the night away on the lake. View the complete list of Navy Pier cruises to find one for you.
Chill out at Navy Pier’s Miller Lite Beer Garden with free concerts all Memorial Day Weekend. The beer garden is located outdoors on the east end of the pier and free for all ages. Nothing can beat the atmosphere of live music and sipping on a cocktail with a view of the Chicago skyline.
Live on the Lake! debuts their first performances of 2017 with a fantastic lineup for the weekend. Start the weekend with Chicago-based bands 97Nine and Waxworks on Friday starting at 9pm. On Saturday rock out to Almond & Olive, Creedence Revived, and Hot Rocks starting at 2pm. Sunday starting at 2pm John Kimler performs followed by Michelle Thomas and SoulMeme. Enjoy your last day off with final performances on Monday starting at 2pm with Rebecca Rego and Hillbilly Rockstarz. Add kicking back and having a brew to your weekend to-do list.
The fun doesn’t stop there, Navy Pier has countless other attractions for your Memorial Day Weekend. There’s no shortage of entertainment at the pier so bring the whole family. Catch Shakespeare in Love performances through June 18th at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Oscar-winning romantic comedy will have you on your feet in the historic theater. Stop by the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism that is on display through July 30th. The interactive exhibition is 18,000 square feet and includes over 500 rare items from the band’s private archive. Chicago Children’s Museum will also be premiering their newest attraction, Fort, on Friday. Fort is a fort-building experience that kids (and the adults that act like children) will love. If fitness is more your style, VibeUP Yoga is offering a free Memorial Day Weekend Freedom Flow yoga workout. Join us on the Lakeview Terrace Sunday morning 10-11am to find your freedom and a peace of mind. And let’s not forget about the multiple rides and attractions along Navy Pier and the delicious cuisine.
The final stop of your Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier is the breathtaking Aon Summer Fireworks display on Saturday night. The first fireworks show of 2017 begins the long-awaited Chicago summer. If you’re not watching the fireworks on a sunset cruise, there are plenty of viewing areas along the pier. Listen to the band play at the Miller Lite Beer Garden and enjoy the luminous show with a backdrop of the skyline.
Can you think of a better way to begin the summer than a 3-day weekend at Navy Pier? Neither can we.
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017 Coffee lovers unite!! This is the event you definitely won’t want to miss. Head to Navy Pier June 9-11 2017 for Coffee Fest Chicago 2017! At this event, passionate fans will learn skills, network and experience all things coffee. With an endless schedule of events, speakers, new products, and classes there is […]
May 18, 2017
Coffee lovers unite!! This is the event you definitely won’t want to miss. Head to Navy Pier June 9-11 2017 for Coffee Fest Chicago 2017! At this event, passionate fans will learn skills, network and experience all things coffee. With an endless schedule of events, speakers, new products, and classes there is sure to be a brew for you!
Hot New Products
One of the top reasons to visit is to see, taste, and experience all the new products in the world of coffee and tea. The new products range from new espresso machines, coffee flavors, water, cups and so much more. Once you’ve poured over all of them, be sure to cast your ballot for “Best of Fest” 2017. For a list of the new products, click HERE,
Press the Competition
Baristas have come along way from just serving coffee. In today’s world, your drink can be a piece of art as much as your daily pick-me-up. With individual and team events, Coffee Fest offers a variety of competitions such as: the Latte Art World Championship Open, America’s Best Espresso, and America’s Best Cold Brew.
There’s a Latte to Learn
If you’re looking to do more than just taste, the fest is full of classes, sessions, and seminars of all kinds. Topics include: Cold Brew U, Coffee Business Start Up Session, Drink Innovations Lab, and so much more!
If you live and breathe for your cup of Joe, clear your calendar for June 9th-11th. This can’t miss festival will keep you up to date on all the latest trends and flavors to keep you ahead of the curve.
Guests and exhibitors looking for more information about transportation, hotel accommodations, and more should visit the official website HERE
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017 While September seems far away now, it’ll be here before you know it. And that’s not a bad thing, because September means The Great American Lobster Fest 2017! Join us right here at Navy Pier for all the lobster you can handle. This year, the festival even added a third day so […]
May 11, 2017
While September seems far away now, it’ll be here before you know it. And that’s not a bad thing, because September means The Great American Lobster Fest 2017! Join us right here at Navy Pier for all the lobster you can handle. This year, the festival even added a third day so you can keep the party going! This festival features more than just lobster and it’s the perfect family event for your Labor Day weekend.
What is it?
Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival. It features live lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast, a lineup of unique bands, and entertainment for the whole family! It runs from September 1-3, 2017.
What am I eating there?
Well…we won’t tell you what to eat, but might we suggest the LOBSTER! But in case you’re not a fan, don’t worry because there are plenty of land options as well. There is sure to be something for every appetite on our extensive MENU.
Do I need tickets?
While it is open to the public, tickets are highly recommended (and they sell out fast). Non-ticket holders are free to roam the outside area and buy food, but for access to the AON Ballroom for the musical acts, guests will need tickets. For those looking to buy tickets, there are four different options from the classic general admission “Lobster Meal” all the way to VIP and “The Lobster Hero Feast” so be sure to check your options and get your tickets HERE before they’re all gone.
What else is there to do?
Oh there’s plenty! Along with all the food and drinks we have carnival games, arts and crafts, specialty shops, and bands playing all day/night. There is so much to do, eat, and see we had to add a third day! Plus, Navy Pier’s final fireworks show of the season takes place on Saturday September 2nd during the fest.
If after reading all of this you’re craving some fresh lobster, cold beer, and some live music, you should probably mark your calendar. Lobster Fest 2017 will be the ultimate end to Chicago festival season, so buy your tickets, grab your bib and head to Navy Pier September 1-3, 2017!
May 4, 2017
May 4, 2017 Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Navy Pier has released the official Summer Fireworks Schedule for 2017! The time is finally here to grab your coziest blanket, find a spot and relax to the sounds and colors of summer. You can catch this amazing synchronized fireworks display Wednesdays at 9:30PM and Saturdays […]
May 4, 2017
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Navy Pier has released the official Summer Fireworks Schedule for 2017! The time is finally here to grab your coziest blanket, find a spot and relax to the sounds and colors of summer. You can catch this amazing synchronized fireworks display Wednesdays at 9:30PM and Saturdays at 10:15PM starting May 28th until September 2nd. Looking for the perfect spot for your situation? Look no further!
For families: Grab a blanket and head to Pier Park.
Date Night: Take this show to the water with a cruise. It doesn’t get much closer than that! Buy tickets HERE!
First Date Night: Hop on the Centennial Wheel right before the show starts. Buy tickets in advance to impress your date.
For 21+ Adults: Grab a spot in the Miller Lite Beer Garden with a little something to sip on.
Friends Night Out: Ohio Street Beach/Oak Street Beach provides a great sandy location to view the show.
A fun, free activity: Don’t worry; there are plenty of spots around the pier and the city with excellent views! They’re so magnificent it’s hard to miss!
We look forward to seeing everyone out for the fireworks this summer. Remember to have fun, be safe, and plan ahead. Have a great summer, everyone!
April 28, 2017
April 28, 2017 Calling all wine enthusiasts! The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour celebrates the art of wine in the gorgeous Aon Grand Ballroom for a tasting experience like no other. The wines featured are from all across the globe, including those from Italy, France, Chile, Australia, Argentina and much more. This event gives you one […]
April 28, 2017
Calling all wine enthusiasts! The Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour celebrates the art of wine in the gorgeous Aon Grand Ballroom for a tasting experience like no other. The wines featured are from all across the globe, including those from Italy, France, Chile, Australia, Argentina and much more. This event gives you one day, one place, one chance to find new wines you can get to know and love!
Join Navy Pier and Wine Spectator magazine in pouring it up at this year’s Grand Tour Chicago stop on Tuesday, May 9, in the Aon Ballroom at Navy Pier.
Chat with the masterminds behind your favorite beverage while enjoying a selection of over 240 different wines rated 90+ by the editors of Wine Spectator. This event is a one stop shop for all fine wine lovers as it highlights over 200 of the best wineries from across the world.
Grand Tour attendees are encouraged to pair different wines with the delectable dinner buffet hosted on site that is included in the price of the ticket. All Tour guests will also receive a beautiful complimentary Riedel™ glass to take home.
For tickets and more information about the Wine Spectator Grand Tour, visit grandtour.winespectator.com.
April 21, 2017
April 21, 2017 Mother’s Day is near and you want to make sure your mom has a whole day dedicated to her at Navy Pier. After all, she really keeps it all together and makes sure everything runs smoothly. All year mom works hard to make sure our lives are easier, so for her day, […]
April 21, 2017
Mother’s Day is near and you want to make sure your mom has a whole day dedicated to her at Navy Pier. After all, she really keeps it all together and makes sure everything runs smoothly. All year mom works hard to make sure our lives are easier, so for her day, you need to make sure she has fun. Luckily, Navy Pier has got you covered! Below is a list of all the activities you can do with mom at Navy Pier.
VIBEUP YOGA: Metta Mother’s Day
Let mom relax with some free yoga on the pier! Participants will explore a guided meditation and some restorative postures. If your mom is a yogi, she will definitely appreciate this! It’s the most relaxing way to start Mother’s Day.
For more information click HERE
BRUNCH AND A RIDE
Want to keep it simple? How about grabbing brunch at one of Navy Pier’s amazing new restaurants. If you haven’t experienced the new food area, it would be a fun area to explore with the whole family. Once you’ve all eaten, take a ride on the new Centennial Wheel.
Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones
Sessions begin every 30 minutes
Mom rocks…and so do the Rolling Stones! If mom is a big music fan, she NEEDS to experience the incredible journey this band went through. With over 500 items and 190 pieces of artwork, the exhibit ends with an amazing 3D concert finale. This is one way to give mom a gift she has never had before.
For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE
Entertainment Cruises: Mother’s Day Specials
Check schedules for times
Mother’s Day is all about the brunch. If you’re looking for the most unique way to start the day, consider taking it to the water. Starting at Navy Pier, The Mystic Blue, Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago all have amazing cruise experiences. From excellent cuisine, live music and outstanding service, these cruises will take care of it all! Plus, they are perfect for the whole family! Click each link for more information.
With all these activities and more, Navy Pier is the one stop shop for all your Mother’s day needs. Have fun and Happy Mother’s Day to all!
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017 Navy Pier is no stranger to great art. From the Driehaus Stained Glass Museum to the various exhibits that cycle in and out, the Pier is consistently a destination for artists and art lovers alike. This spring, the artistic scope of Navy Pier expanded as we welcomed the exciting event of “THAWALLS,” […]
April 14, 2017
Navy Pier is no stranger to great art. From the Driehaus Stained Glass Museum to the various exhibits that cycle in and out, the Pier is consistently a destination for artists and art lovers alike. This spring, the artistic scope of Navy Pier expanded as we welcomed the exciting event of “THAWALLS,” a multidisciplinary art exhibition/party and fundraiser on Thursday, March 9th.
Crossroads of Chicago Collaborative Arts
THAWALLS is an immersive artistic experience as artists from different media come together for a single exhibition. With visual artists curated by Threewalls, performing artists curated by Links Hall, and musicians curated by Constellation, THAWALLS is a collaborative arts event like none other in Chicago. Meet the crossroads of Chicago’s blossoming independent art scenes at THAWALLS. Chicago artistic institutions Threewalls, Links Hall, and Constellation collaborated in this creatively experimental extravaganza.
Since then, THAWALLS art exhibits have been on display for all of our guests to enjoy. There are also 6 more public salons throughout the spring season of 2017 as part of the exhibition. The purpose of these in-session salons is to foster critical conversations around visual and performing arts in Chicago. Some of the community’s leading artistic visionaries will be leading and attending these salons, making it likely that the conversations at these events will shape and inform the future of Chicago’s arts community.
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017 When you think Navy Pier, what comes to mind? Maybe shops, big boats, and of course, the Centennial Wheel. But did you know Navy Pier offers free yoga and fitness classes? Oh yeah, you heard that right….FREE! All throughout the month of May, we are holding classes of all kinds with different […]
April 7, 2017
When you think Navy Pier, what comes to mind? Maybe shops, big boats, and of course, the Centennial Wheel. But did you know Navy Pier offers free yoga and fitness classes? Oh yeah, you heard that right….FREE! All throughout the month of May, we are holding classes of all kinds with different themes to switch up your workout.
There are a wide variety of classes and times so there is sure to be something for everyone.
We have a variety of Movement Classes Presented by Fitness Formulas Clubs that include Zumba, WERQ, FitKick, and Bolly X. These are fun, heart pounding exercises done right on the pier! Goodbye boring gym views and TVs. Hello beautiful Lake Michigan! All you will need to bring for these classes are gym shoes, a water bottle and some good vibes. Our professional instructors will take care of the rest.
Zumba: A fusion of Latin/international rhythms and movements that get you dancing and sweating. The instructors will use interval training, which mixes fast paced dancing with slower rhythms.
WERQ: A dance cardio workout featuring current pop, rock and hip hop hits. If you love shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” or “America’s Best Dance Crew” then this is class for you!
FitKick: A heart pounding exercise that mixes traditional boxing and kickboxing with no body contact!
Bolly X: Bollywood inspired dance cardio with music from around the world. Get ready to get moving in this fun hip swinging workout class!
For the complete schedule and more information on each class click HERE
Finally, for all the yogis out there, we have plenty of classes. Join us all May for the VibeUP Yoga Series. Each class has a different theme. Classes range from Zen, to Creative Core, and even a special Mother’s Day edition. With so many options, it’s nearly impossible to get tired of this series. These classes range from first timers to old pros and every one in between. Grab your mat, a towel and a bottle of water and head to the Lakeview Terrace.
For complete times and more information on trainers and instructors, click HERE
Navy Pier is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle in the heart of downtown. If you live in the area or here on vacation, we love meeting new people. So grab your gear, grab a friend and we will see you in class. Also, when you’ve completed your workout, feel free to stop by our many restaurants for a drink to reward all your hard work! 🙂
March 27, 2017
March 27, 2017 Join Navy Pier in kicking off the fifth annual #ChicagoDanceMonth with an opening celebration on Monday, April 3 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Featuring performances from Giordano Dance II, Natya Dance Theater, Culture Shock Chicago, and Ayodele Drum and Dance, the evening will also include […]
March 27, 2017
Join Navy Pier in kicking off the fifth annual #ChicagoDanceMonth with an opening celebration on Monday, April 3 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom.
Featuring performances from Giordano Dance II, Natya Dance Theater, Culture Shock Chicago, and Ayodele Drum and Dance, the evening will also include a conversation with HAMILTON co-dance captains and company members Yossi Chaikin and Gabriella Sorrentino, moderated by HMS Media Executive Producer, Scott Silberstein. This event is FREE but reservations are requested.
After the performance, chat with the artists during a reception of delightful drinks and appetizers at Navy Pier’s newest gastropub: Tiny Tavern. Tickets to the reception are limited but are still available for $50 here.
Organized by See Chicago Dance and Audience Architects, Chicago Dance Month was created in order to showcase the culturally rich dance community of Chicago. Aside from the dozens of dance performances taking place across Chicago in April, dance fans are encouraged to participate in the Open Doors, Open Spaces, a free program inviting the public to open rehearsals, classes, and more.
Navy Pier is joined by Block 37, Broadway in Chicago, the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Navy Pier and Wintrust Bank as a proud sponsor of this year’s Chicago Dance Month.
For the latest updates and deals on ALL Chicago Dance Month events, visit SeeChicagoDance.com.
March 20, 2017
March 20, 2017 Chicago Shakespeare Theater is the world-renowned entertainment staple at Navy Pier that has brought innovative twists to Shakespearean classics for years. The theater brings unique theatrical productions to Chicago and to Navy Pier, but it’s about to being something even more unique to the public: The Yard. What exactly is The Yard? […]
March 20, 2017
Chicago Shakespeare Theater is the world-renowned entertainment staple at Navy Pier that has brought innovative twists to Shakespearean classics for years. The theater brings unique theatrical productions to Chicago and to Navy Pier, but it’s about to being something even more unique to the public: The Yard.
What exactly is The Yard? It’s the most exciting innovation from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. It will be a third, year-round performance venue for the wildly successful theatre company. The theater already offers the intimate 500-seat Courtyard Theater that is inspired by early modern English theaters as well as Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare that is a 200-seat studio offering the perfect setting for experimental shows.
The Yard is unique from all of those. It will be a fully flexible artistic platform that redefines the traditional relationship between artist and audience by creating a space that can move according to the needs of the production. It will allow the scale and vision of each production to shift according to the directors’ vision based on its moveable parts. What will this look like? The project designed by UK-based theater and acoustics consultancy firm Charcoalblue and Chicago-based Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture. The Yard consists of a movable set of 9 “towers” which can create a variety of performance arenas according to the needs of the show. The seating can thus range from an intimate 150 to a large 850.
The flexibility these 35,000 pound towers give is “state-of-the-imagination” technology to the venue that won’t limit artistic needs as venues sometimes can do. The Yard will have a two-level lobby that connects to Chicago Shakespeare’s current lobby and offers patrons a brand new space that they can gather before and after performances. The lobby’s floor to ceiling windows offer the best views of Navy Pier’s harbor the gorgeous Chicago skyline.
Set to open in the fall of 2017, The Yard will bring Chicago Shakespeare Theater together to be a three-theater campus that will offer more productions, more artistic opportunities, and increase the service of the theater to the public.
March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017 This spring, Navy Pier is offering city dwellers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to create music and art with seesaws. The exhibit, created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Montreal-based performing arts theater Quartier des Spectacles, features 15 seesaws ranging from 16 to 24 feet in length. Each is equipped with […]
March 10, 2017
This spring, Navy Pier is offering city dwellers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to create music and art with seesaws.
The exhibit, created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Montreal-based performing arts theater Quartier des Spectacles, features 15 seesaws ranging from 16 to 24 feet in length. Each is equipped with spectacular LED lighting, unique sounds, and motion-sensory technology. Guests can activate illuminations and audible tones while moving on the seesaws (or teeter-totters, depending on who you ask). The display is entirely interactive and encourages pier-goers to make music and art together.
The exhibit, inspired by the cover art of the 1979 Joy Division album, Unknown Pleasures, symbolizes the relationship between both visuals and sound. This will be its second time in the United States, the first being Scottsdale, Arizona. The exhibit has also been featured in Montreal, Brussels, and London.
Be sure to check out these incredible urban instruments before they leave later this spring! Impulse is located in Polk Bros Park from March 10 – May 21, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
March 2, 2017
March 2, 2017 In the midst of winter in Chicago, we can’t stop thinking ahead to the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which comes to the Pier March 18 – March 26, 2017. The theme of the show this year is “Chicago’s Blooming,” meaning that many of the exhibits and events throughout the show […]
March 2, 2017
In the midst of winter in Chicago, we can’t stop thinking ahead to the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which comes to the Pier March 18 – March 26, 2017. The theme of the show this year is “Chicago’s Blooming,” meaning that many of the exhibits and events throughout the show will be inspired and focused on diverse Chicago neighborhoods. Of the many exciting events happening throughout the week, no event will reflect this theme more than “Evening In Bloom,” the charity preview benefit that kicks off the entire show on March 17 (yes, St. Patrick’s Day). Here are just a few reasons why you should attend this year’s kickoff event.
The 2017 Beneficiaries
The three beneficiaries of this year’s charity event are Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Fund, and Pilot Light, all Chicago-based organizations that work hard to improve our community. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a collective connected to Garfield Park Conservatory that is dedicated to maintaining the popular nature reserve and serving its visitors. The IRA Educational Fund provides education and scholarships for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Pilot Light works closely with low-income public schools to provide healthy food education for students. With incredible organizations like these, you know your ticket purchase will be supporting causes that make Chicago a better city.
Unlike years prior, this year’s Evening in Bloom will feature the Fleurotica Fashion Show. In collaboration with Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, artists and designers will create original outfits constructed entirely of flowers, plants, and other natural products. Several Chicago fashion icons will be participating in this uniquely nature-inspired show. You won’t want to miss this special blend of flora and fashion.
Beyond the charities and fashion appeal, there will also be some fairly important people attending this event, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, who just so happen to be the Honorary Co-Chairs for Fleurotica. Emanuel, Rule, and 1,000 other VIP attendees will get to experience all of the beauty of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and its breathtaking exhibits before it is open to the public. Evening in Bloom will be the kickoff event of the year, so be sure and purchase your tickets now.
February 24, 2017
February 24, 2017 March is a big month for celebrating. Besides the warmer weather that comes with the first day of spring, the month also hosts the popular drinking holiday we call St. Patrick’s Day. While many associate St. Patrick’s Day with beer-drinking, you may want to consider adding some cocktails to your March this […]
February 24, 2017
March is a big month for celebrating. Besides the warmer weather that comes with the first day of spring, the month also hosts the popular drinking holiday we call St. Patrick’s Day. While many associate St. Patrick’s Day with beer-drinking, you may want to consider adding some cocktails to your March this year, since Navy Pier will be hosting the World’s Largest Indoor Cocktail Crawl on Saturday March 4th from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Here are three reasons you should make plans to attend this classy event.
Buying a ticket to this cocktail crawl comes with a variety of benefits. Each ticket includes 5 cocktail samples (specialized for this specific Crawl), a ride on our Centennial Wheel, a souvenir tasting glass, entry into a raffle for door prizes, and access to tons of games, activities, and other entertainment. Think of it as an exclusive ride on our world-famous Ferris wheel with games, souvenirs, and drinks included.
General admission tickets are $45 each, but group rates are available and generous. For groups of 6 or more, each individual ticket is brought down to $35. That means you have even more money to splurge with at the event and even more friends there to enjoy it with you.
It’s the World’s Largest
When we say “World’s Largest,” we aren’t speaking metaphorically. This event is being organized by Players Sport & Social Group, the masterminds behind events such as “World’s Largest Mardi Gras Crawl” and “OFFICIAL: St. Paddy’s Day.” Everything that this company does is “go big or go home.” This pretty much guarantees you a good time filled with drinks, friends, and the official bragging rights of telling everyone else that you attended the World’s LARGEST Indoor Cocktail Crawl.
If even one of the reasons listed above peaked your interest, you should definitely consider attending this banger of an event. Buy your tickets here to start off March in the world’s largest fashion!
February 16, 2017
February 16, 2017 With the brisk Chicago winter weather outside, there’s no better season to bundle up in the theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier consistently offers world-class performances year-round featuring a variety of theatrical works. This season is no exception. Here are three fabulous shows currently running that are sure to warm your […]
February 16, 2017
With the brisk Chicago winter weather outside, there’s no better season to bundle up in the theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier consistently offers world-class performances year-round featuring a variety of theatrical works. This season is no exception. Here are three fabulous shows currently running that are sure to warm your heart this winter.
The Book of Joseph (January 29 – March 5)
Director Barbara Gaines stages the world premiere of Karen Hartman’s Holocaust drama The Book of Joseph. The play chronicles the real-life story of Joseph Hollander and the Hollander family as his son, Richard, discovers a family and legacy he never knew existed. Secrets that have spanned several generations, continents, and wars rise to the surface in this emotional family drama. Come see the production critics are raving about (including the Chicago Tribune, which gave it four out of four stars). Buy tickets for The Book of Joseph here.
Love’s Labor’s Lost (February 7 – March 26)
Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy makes its way back to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage in the latest production directed by Marti Maraden. This romp of a play follows King Ferdinand of Navarre and his entourage as they commit to three years of chastity while pursuing scholarly endeavors. However, plans change when the French Princess and her flirtatious friends arrive on the scene. Chaos ensues, puns fly, and wordplay rules in this comedy about young love that teaches real-life lessons. Buy tickets for Love’s Labor’s Lost here.
Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (February 25 – March 25)
Director Marti Lyons brings one of Shakespeare’s most famous works to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage with this 75-minute adaptation. Using Shakespeare’s original words, the story of forbidden young love between two families is told, as Romeo and Juliet succumb to the folly of infatuation amidst heated familial rivalry. This show is recommended for ages 10+, and there will be a post-show discussion with the cast after each performance. Buy your Romeo and Juliet tickets here.
These are only a few of the incredible productions planned for the 2017 season. See you at the theater right here at Navy Pier!
February 9, 2017
February 9, 2017 In the midst of New Year’s Resolution season, going to the gym can be a fairly hectic experience. If the additional members are hindering your exercise routine, don’t worry. For the months of February and March, you can skip the monthly gym payment and take advantage of FREE fitness classes happening at […]
February 9, 2017
In the midst of New Year’s Resolution season, going to the gym can be a fairly hectic experience. If the additional members are hindering your exercise routine, don’t worry. For the months of February and March, you can skip the monthly gym payment and take advantage of FREE fitness classes happening at Navy Pier all month. Get a great workout with a great view at Navy Pier with amazing fitness opportunities provided by local organizations.
“Resolution Revolution” powered by Formula Fitness Clubs
Honor your fitness resolutions with this intense hour of exercise. Stop by the Cultural Corner of the Food Experience every Tuesday and Thursday in February and March at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm for an active workout class led by FFC professionals. Be sure to bring your workout apparel, because you’ll definitely be breaking a sweat in these classes.
Yoga Sundays from Vibeup Yoga
Start your Sunday mornings right with yoga and yoga-inspired workouts on Lake Michigan. Vibeup Yoga is bringing in different instructors from around the globe to lead classes on various yoga styles in Lakeview Terrace on Sundays 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Here’s the schedule:
February 5th – “Yoga Sculpt” instructed by Leigh Cohen (CorePower Yoga)
February 12th – “Ashtanga Yoga” instructed by Amy Beth (Yoga Now Yoga)
February 19th – “CorePower Yoga 2” instructed by Chelsea Gartner (CorePower Yoga)
February 26th – “Vinyasa Yoga Flow” instructed by Amber Cook (Amber Cook Yoga)
March 5th – “Hip Hop Flow” instructed by Gina Marsciano (Gina Marciano Yoga)
March 12th – “Yoga” instructed by James Tennant (Tejas Yoga)
March 19th – “Yoga” instructed by Piper-Lori Parker (Zen Yoga Garage)
From the physical intensity of yoga workouts with Yoga Sculpt and CorePower to the mindful breathing exercises of Ashtanga and Vinyasa, this yoga lineup features a little piece of everything the yoga world can offer. You can attend on certain days to achieve your personal yoga goals or come every week to get the full Navy Pier yoga experience.
With three free fitness classes a week for the next eight weeks, Navy Pier is your destination for scenic Chicago exercise. So lace up those shoes and take the Lake Shore Path straight to Navy Pier for one of the best fitness deals in the city. 2017 is your year.
February 2, 2017
February 2, 2017 Chicago might be in the midst of winter, but we at Navy Pier are looking forward to one of the most beloved Chicago spring-time traditions: the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, coming to the Pier March 18 – 26, 2017. Since 1847, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show has served as one […]
February 2, 2017
Chicago might be in the midst of winter, but we at Navy Pier are looking forward to one of the most beloved Chicago spring-time traditions: the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, coming to the Pier March 18 – 26, 2017.
Since 1847, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show has served as one of the biggest flower and garden events, uniting gardeners and gardening enthusiasts from all around the world. This year, the show is inspired by the theme of celebrating Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. With over 20 different unique featured gardens prepared by professional vendors, you will be completely immersed into the world of the green thumb via Chicago-style innovation.
Don’t fret, foodies, this event is for you as well. Throughout this weeklong event, you can check out the Mariano’s Garden Gourmet Stage for professional garden-inspired culinary demonstrations and presentations. Sample incredibly tasty recipes made from fresh ingredients. Then take the recipes and techniques home with you to use in your own home garden!
Alongside the gorgeous gardens and fresh food will be seminars and keynote speeches from professional gardeners from around the world. Learn insider tips and tricks from some of the most successful and dedicated gardeners around to make your own garden blossom even more.
Did we mention the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is also very kid-friendly? From interactive gardens to educational workshops, kids will experience hours of hands-on entertainment and education simultaneously. Fun for the entire family!
The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is also home to the annual Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association (CARBA) Cake Decorating Competition. On Sunday, March 20th watch the very best bakers Chicago has to offer go head-to-head in a fiercely creative day of cake decorating. This event alone is a dazzling experience you won’t want to miss.
After experiencing all that this year’s show has to offer, head on over to the expansive Home and Garden Marketplace to purchase all of the equipment and supplies you need to make your garden beautiful. A rich variety of vendors will display products for all types of gardeners, whether you are experienced in the craft or looking to start a garden of your own for the very first time. This marketplace is a hub for all things gardening, placing everything you need right at your fingertips.
Tickets for the show are now available at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show’s website for adult and child one-day passes. Experience the beauty of nature this spring at Navy Pier!
January 27, 2017
January 27, 2017 Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier? If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of […]
January 27, 2017
Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier?
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of skyline views, champagne, and music to dance the night away.
Looking to stay on land? No problem! There are plenty of activities happening all along the pier. Riva Crabhouse will be featuring a special a three course pre-fixe menu for couples, and why not attend Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost for dinner and a show?
There’s always time for an intimate walk along the pier before heading home. Enjoy carnival games, souvenir shopping and a ride in a heated car on the Centennial Wheel for stunning views of the city.
From everyone here at Navy Pier, we want to wish you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day! Check below for cruise booking information and reservation info for Riva Crabhouse and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Centennial Wheel Selfie Station
Love makes the wheel go ’round this February 14th! In honor of National Ferris Wheel Day, which also happens to be Valentine’s Day, the Pier will transform the Centennial Wheel into a giant spinning photo booth, with Valentine’s Day-themed props in each gondola to encourage photo taking and sharing. In addition, couples waiting in line will be randomly selected throughout the day for a special upgrade to the VIP gondola, offering a private, premium experience with four plush seats and a glass bottom for a unique view below.
Dinner: Feb. 11 & 14 | Boarding: 6 pm | Cruising: 7- 10 pm
Brunch: Feb. 12 | Boarding: 12 pm | Cruising: 1 – 3 pm
The romantic evening you have been waiting for is out on the water. Join Odyssey for a Valentine’s Day weekend dinner or brunch cruise. Enjoy stunning skyline views, delicious entrees and complimentary champagne, with plenty of romantic music so you can slow dance beneath the stars. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.
Book your cruise today and save 20% when you use promo code VDAY20 by February 3rd.
Spirit of Chicago Cruises
Spirit of Chicago, Navy Pier Dock Street
Dinner: Feb. 11th & 14th | Boards: 6 pm | Cruises: 7 – 10 pm
Brunch: Feb. 12 | Boards: 12:15 pm | Cruises: 1 – 3 pm
Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable aboard a Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Day weekend brunch or dinner cruise. Treat the one you love to a delicious, freshly prepared meal and a night of DJ entertainment, complimentary champagne and moonlit walks with iconic skyline views. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.
Book your cruise today and save 20% by using promo code VDAY20 before Feb. 3rd.
Riva Crab House at Navy Pier
With gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, there couldn’t be a better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Riva is offering a three course prix-fixe menu for couples from Feb. 11 – 14 for only $130 per couple. The menu includes choice of three delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with a complimentary glass of champagne. Reserve your table today by visiting their website, or by calling (312) 644-7482.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Learn a thing or two about love at Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When King Ferdinand attempts to commit his kingdom to chastity and scholarly activities for three long years, his courtiers reluctantly agree. But rules are meant to be broken, and when the French Princess and her entourage arrive, the young men of Navarre struggle to maintain their promise in this witty satire about lust and love.
Buy your tickets before they disappear!
January 19, 2017
January 19, 2017 Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days […]
January 19, 2017
Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days of food celebration. This event is big, and Navy Pier is right in the middle of it. Here are just a few reasons why Navy Pier should be on your list of destinations during the 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.
First Bites Bash
This year’s kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week is a night you will not want to miss. Spend the evening tasting food samples from over 60 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. Toast the evening away with local wines and spirits. The best part? A portion of the proceeds generated from the First Bites Bash will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Be the first to experience Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 all while supporting a great cause by making plans to attend the First Bites Bash, Friday January 26th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Buy tickets here.
Odyssey Chicago Restaurant Week Cruises
Good food with a view! Experience superior cuisine while cruising around Lake Michigan. For an exclusive Chicago Restaurant Week price, you can take in the delicious flavors of the city while also taking in the gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline. All cruises dock at Navy Pier. Book your cruise here.
Riva Crabhouse Chicago Restaurant Week
Chicago’s premier lakeside seafood restaurant has pulled out all of the stops for their Chicago Restaurant Week Prix Fixe menu. For $22, enjoy a three-course lunch featuring clam chowder or organic greens for the first course, blackened seabass, spaghetti de mare, or roasted chicken breast for the second, and Crème Brule or gelato for dessert. With a $44 dinner ticket, you can expect a three-course dinner featuring lobster bisque or organic greens to start, a “sizzling seafood feast” for the main course, and flourless chocolate cake or gelato for dessert. Combined with the stunning view of Chicago’s lakefront, this menu is sure to please any foodie, tourist or local. Make a reservation here.
The 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week from January 27 – February 9 is sure to bring an unfathomable amount of new and exciting flavors and dishes to the forefront of Chicago’s culinary scene. To get the full experience, Navy Pier is a vital destination. See a full lineup of participating restaurants at choosechicago.com. In the meantime, build up that appetite. You’ll need it!