Are you a hardcore Navy Pier IMAX fan? Do you watch the Bears game at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier every weekend? Does the idea of a Cheezborger make your mouth water? Then you know that Navy Pier has so many things to offer that it’s so easy to spend a whole day here with friends and family!
If you’re not good at planning, don’t worry! We’ve put together a few to-do lists for spending a day at the Pier, no matter who you’re spending it with!
For a day out with your little ones, you’ll definitely want to start at the Chicago Children’s Museum! The museum always has a rotating calendar of special events and exhibits that children and adults can participate in. All of the activities are made to be educational and fun all at the same time. When you walk out of the Chicago Children’s Museum with your kids, you’ll walk out knowing something new!
Once you’ve tried out every activity at the Chicago Children’s Museum, you and the kids will probably need a snack break! There are so many kid-friendly options in the food court and in the restaurants. Grab lunch at America’s Dog for something quick, or sit the whole family down at Capi’s Italian Kitchen. Adults can even grab a quick caffeine boost at Starbucks before heading on to the next adventure.
Navy Pier’s IMAX theatre has a six-story screen that will keep the kids mesmerized with short educational films like Great White Shark, Island of Lemurs, or Journey to the South Pacific! Take in one of these movies after lunch before you take them out to Pier Park for a ride on the Ferris wheel! Finish off the day with dinner at another one of our fantastic restaurants before you tuck everyone in for the evening!
Day with Friends
Navy Pier is the perfect place to catch up with old pals or show out-of-town friends the big city! Start off by strolling down the Pier to see the sights of the city and lakefront, take pictures, and catch up. Then make sure you head inside and browse what all the shops and vendors have to offer. Pick up a souvenir as a momento of your day together!
After all that walking and shopping, give your feet a rest and enjoy a nice dinner and drinks from the middle of Lake Michigan! Book a dining cruise on Mystic Blue Cruises, Odyssey, or Spirit of Chicago for a few hours out on the lake with a delicious dinner, drinks, good friends, and views of Chicago like you’ve never seen!
After dinner, keep the night going with a last drink or two at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville! If taking a dinner cruise didn’t make you feel like you were on vacation, Margaritaville definitely will!
Is there anything more romantic than the city lights twinkling on Lake Michigan? We think not! Turn date night into a date day that ends with dinner and a walk down Navy Pier to take in the magnificent city views. Cozy up together for a ride on the Ferris wheel, offering spectacular city views year-round. Take in a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater where you can enjoy everything from comedies to tragedies in one of their two unique spaces.
Satisfy your hunger at one of our many restaurants. Even the pickiest eater will find something delicious! You can choose from seafood, Italian, American, and so much more. With the sun setting, it’s the perfect time to take a walk along the Pier and catch the rays disappearing behind the buildings. What a great way to end the night!
Those are just a few of the ways you can spend your day at Navy Pier! So come on down and spend a day with us!
Do you have a perfect Pier day planned? Let us know what it is in the comments!