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Looking for fun things to do in Chicago? There’s always something going on at Navy Pier! From cultural programming and seasonal celebrations to special events, festivals, fireworks and more, discover fun and free Chicago events at Navy Pier all year long.

Free Community Programs at Navy Pier 

For free things to do in Chicago each week, be sure to take advantage of Navy Pier’s daily free community programs! Expand the options below to view all regularly scheduled free events series. For even more fun things to do on your visit to Navy Pier, please see the full listing of events and happenings, below.

Mondays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Mondays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Water Flicks: 7pm-9pm through August 28
    Free movies in Polk Bros Park, presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival
Tuesdays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Tuesdays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Rush Hour Fitness: 6pm-7pm through August 29 
    Free motion fitness classes, powered by Fitness Formula Clubs
  • Sunset Yoga: 7:30pm-8:30pm, through August 29
    Free yoga classes for all levels of experience, powered by VibeUP Yoga
Wednesdays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Wednesdays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Wiggleworms: 10am-11:45am through August 18
    Free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Water Colors: times vary, through August 30
    Free live jazz concerts, presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago
  • Live on the Lake!: Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago Blues: 5:15pm-9:30pm through August 30
    Free blues concerts in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, presented in partnership with Buddy Guy’s Legends
  • Aon Summer Fireworks: 9:30pm through September 2 30
    Free fireworks shows every Wednesdays and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, presented by Aon
Thursdays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Thursdays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Live on the Lake!: Pier Dance: 7pm-9pm through August 31
    Free live music and dance lessons in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, featuring a variety of Chicago musicians and dance instructors
Fridays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Fridays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Wiggleworms: 10am-11:45am through August 18
    Free live music and dance lessons, featuring a variety of Chicago musicians and dance instructors
  • Live on the Lake!: 5:30pm-11:30pm through September 1
    Free live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden
Saturdays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Saturdays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Live on the Lake!: 5:30pm-11:30pm through September 2
    Free live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden
  • Aon Summer fireworks: 9:30pm through September 2
    Free fireworks shows every Wednesdays and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, presented by Aon
Sundays

Join us for regularly scheduled free events on Sundays at Navy Pier. For a listing of all things to do at Navy Pier on the date of your visit, please see our full events schedule, below.

  • Live on the Lake!: Chicago Showcase: 2:30pm-11:30pm through September 2
    Free live music from Chicago artists in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music
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All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. ShooBooty and Big Sadie

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

26

All Access with Paul Natkin

Odyssey Chicago Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

27

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – Cabaret Lunch Cruise

Sunset Yoga, Presented by VIBEUP: Move, Stretch, Breathe

Forts

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

WERQ, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

Daily Cruises

28

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggle Worms

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

29

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

30

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Weekend Cruises

Wiggle Worms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Trippin’ Billies and Dirk Quinn Band

Spirit of Chicago Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Cruise

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

1

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Weekend Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Tinsley Ellis and guests

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

2

All Access with Paul Natkin

Odyssey Chicago Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Weekend Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. The Wandering Boys and Deep Fried Pickle Project

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

3

All Access with Paul Natkin

Odyssey Chicago Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Weekend Cruises

New Orleans Suspects, Presented by Miller Lite

Forts

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

4

All Access with Paul Natkin

Seadog Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Lunch Cruise

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Weekend Cruises

Freedom Fest 2017

Mystic Blue Independence Day Cruises

Odyssey Independence Day Cruises

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture July 4th Fireworks Cruise

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wedding Banned and guests

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Independence Day Fireworks/Celebration Presented by Miller Lite

Daily Cruises

5

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggle Worms

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

6

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Seadog City Winery Wine Flight Cruise

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago House Music

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

7

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggle Worms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mr. Blotto and Sun Stereo

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

8

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – Gospel Lunch Cruise

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and guests

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

9

All Access with Paul Natkin

Odyssey Chicago Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Growler and Sanctified Grumblers

Marshall Vente Annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

10

Water Flicks: Sharknado

All Access with Paul Natkin

Odyssey Chicago Prix Fixe Dinner Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

11

Blues Camp for Kids

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – OmG Dockside Silent Yoga

Sunset Yoga, Presented by VIBEUP: Disconnect to Connect

Forts

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Zumba, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

Daily Cruises

12

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggle Worms

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

13

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Shoreline Sightseeing Wine Tasting Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

14

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggle Worms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

15

Navy Pier’s 101st Birthday

Lakefront Swing

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Group Quinceañera Photo at Navy Pier

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Nick Pontarelli and guests

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

16

Latin Jazz Festival

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Dill Costa and Volo Bogtrotters

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

17

Water Flicks: Overboard

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

18

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – Cabaret Lunch Cruise

Sunset Yoga, Presented by VIBEUP: Spunk & Funk Flow

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Zumba, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

Daily Cruises

19

Tap Fest

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggleworms

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

20

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Seadog City Winery Wine Flight Cruise

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

21

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Shoreline Sightseeing Comedy Cruises with Zanies Comedy Club

Wiggleworms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rendition and Wax Works

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

22

Chicago Beatbox

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Dr. Bombay and guests

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

23

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Mystic Blue Craft Brew Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Brother El & The Present Elders and Lindsay & the Lights Go Out

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

24

Water Flicks: Moana

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

25

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – Cabaret Lunch Cruise

Sunset Yoga, Presented by VIBEUP: Sunset Power Flow

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

BollyX, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

Daily Cruises

26

Water Colors: Tony Milano (Piano)

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggleworms

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

27

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. The Little Queens and Tina Go-Go

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

28

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggleworms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and Mank N Sass

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

29

All Access with Paul Natkin

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rocks Off and guests

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

30

All Access with Paul Natkin

Mystic Blue Sunday Funday Brunch Cruises

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios de Papá

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Daily Cruises

31

Water Flicks: Splash

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Daily Cruises

1

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Spirit of Chicago – Cabaret Lunch Cruise

Sunset Yoga, Presented by VIBEUP: Fun Flow

Forts

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

WERQ, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

Daily Cruises

2

Water Colors: Thaddeus Tukes (Vibraphone)

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

3

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Seadog City Winery Wine Flight Cruise

Forts

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Daily Cruises

4

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Wiggleworms

Spirit of Chicago – Cocktail Cruises

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING INAUGURAL “ILLINOIS MADE” CRUISE

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Righteous Hillbillies

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Daily Cruises

5

A Retrospective view of the Pathway

Forts

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bumpus and guests

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Aon Summer Fireworks

Daily Cruises

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