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Planning Your Perfect Event at Navy Pier

In the classic “Be Our Guest” scene from Beauty and the Beast, maître d’ Lumiere knew how to throw a grand ballroom celebration—and he was only trying to impress one very well-read guest.  You, however, may not have access to a mansion’s-worth of magical dancing saucers and champagne bottles to “wow” your guests, be they clients, colleagues, family, or friends.

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!


Chicago’s Navy Pier can serve as your own makeshift, customizable “castle” regardless of the occasion. Why should you have your next event at Navy Pier? Here are three great reasons:

1. One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Picture the ideal setting for your event in your head. Got it? Good!

Between two exhibit halls, the Grand Ballroom, 36 meeting spaces, and the rooftop, Navy Pier can make your dream space a reality. The Grand Ballroom, Lakeview Terrace, and Rooftop Terrace can accommodate a maximum of between 1,000 and 3,000 guests, and the Festival Hall exhibition space boasts 170,000 square feet for you to shape to your liking with the help and guidance of our incredible event staff. Whether it’s a convention, trade show, art exhibit, family reunion, wedding, or corporate meeting, we have a space in mind to bring your event to life.

2. Room(s) with a View (or Two)

 Chicagoans love to talk about the chilling lake effect that drops the temperature to below freezing in winter. The lake’s only effect on your Navy Pier-hosted event will be your guests saying, “What a view!” Setting sets the tone of any occasion, and Navy Pier’s lakefront location, within walking distance of downtown Chicago, offers stunning views of the water set against Chicago’s chic city skyline. It’s the best of both worlds!

 3. Be Our Guest

We have more than a funny, fiery French candle on hand to guide and help you plan your event. Our seasoned staff is here to happily answer any questions and consult when necessary to make sure your experience is not only smooth and successful, but enjoyable. From booth and stage set-ups to catering to planning and logistics, you have enough things to worry about. Let us make executing it all that much easier!


Ready to book? We’d love to hear from you. For any and all inquiries, call our sales department at 312-595-5300 or e-mail to To get more information and see pictures of our past events, be sure to check out our planning website.

What’s the last great event you went to and what made it special?



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