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Conquer Craft Beer Week at Navy Pier

Conquer Craft Beer Week at Navy Pier

April 28, 2016

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

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April 28, 2016

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

Mystic Blue Chicago Craft Beer Cruise

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

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

Shoreline Sightseeing’s Craft Beer Cruise

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

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

Make it a Date with Navy Pier

Make it a Date with Navy Pier

April 21, 2016

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

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April 21, 2016

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

Mobile Happy Hour 

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

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

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

Traditional with a Twist

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

Board a Love Boat

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

Early Rising Couples

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

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

Mother’s Day at Navy Pier 2016

Mother’s Day at Navy Pier 2016

April 6, 2016

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

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April 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Show at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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

Dinner & a Feature Flick

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

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

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

Pinot Days Chicago 2016

Pinot Days Chicago 2016

March 31, 2016

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

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March 31, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

March 23, 2016

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

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March 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fun & Games at Chicago Children’s Museum

Fun & Games at Chicago Children’s Museum

March 10, 2016

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

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March 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Blooming at Navy Pier

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Blooming at Navy Pier

March 3, 2016

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

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

March 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Perfect for Families

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Perfect for Families

February 25, 2016

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

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February 25, 2016

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

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

STEAM classroom

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

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

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Bugs and Worms

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

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

Do You Know What’s Below?

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

Agriculture in the Classroom

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

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Flowers for Kids

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

Pinwheel Garden of Gratitude

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

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

Visit www.chicagoflower.com for discounted tickets online. 

 

Cider Summit Chicago 2016

Cider Summit Chicago 2016

February 18, 2016

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

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Cider Summit Chicago

February 18, 2016

Singles. Couples. Friends. Family. CHICAGOANS –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighborhoods of the World 2016

Neighborhoods of the World 2016

February 11, 2016

   February 11, 2016 Come travel the world with us, no passport necessary! You can visit 9 nations without ever leaving the city.  Navy Pier is proud to celebrate the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse communities at Neighborhoods of the World, an annual cultural tribute, presented by ComEd. For nine weeks beginning on Sunday, February 21, celebrate […]

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February 11, 2016

Come travel the world with us, no passport necessary! You can visit 9 nations without ever leaving the city. 

Navy Pier is proud to celebrate the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse communities at Neighborhoods of the World, an annual cultural tribute, presented by ComEd. For nine weeks beginning on Sunday, February 21, celebrate the many cultural neighborhoods of Chicago presented in collaboration with various community arts organizations, consulates and museums.

Families and friends can enjoy music, traditional dance, cuisine and crafts from various ethnic Chicago communities and neighborhoods. Begin your worldly adventure by ringing  in 2016, the Year of the Monkey, with the Chinese New Year celebration. Then help Navy Pier honor the city’s African community with a cultural celebration at the end of February. Join us as we enjoy traditional Italian dishes, puppetry, mosaic workshops for our big Italian celebration. Join us each Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., as a new group encompasses the Crystal Gardens with food, dance, and knowledge about its culture.

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The schedule for Neighborhoods of the World is as follows:

Sunday, February 21: Celebrate Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 28: Celebrate Africa

Sunday, March 6: Celebrate Italy

Sunday, March 13: Celebrate Lithuania

Sunday, March 20: Philippines Celebration

Sunday, March 27: Greek Celebration

Sunday, April 3: Celebrate Mexico

Sunday, April 10: Celebrate Poland

Sunday, April 17: Celebrate Amazing India

To kick off this wonderful event, we have invited back artist Pete Nawara, the man responsible for our Pier People mural inside the New Food Experience. On February 24, 2016 he will talk about the piece and the inspiration of the subjects that he met at last year’s Neighborhoods of the World celebration. With each new figure, we welcomed a new piece of diversity to Navy Pier and we are so thrilled to commemorate it in our Centennial year. 

Do not miss this educational experience highlighting and celebrating Chicago’s different ethnic groups! 

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:

Odyssey

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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(Photo via Big Bowl)

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. 

 

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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

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