Send attendees to the city's hottest new outdoor attractions
this summer and treat them to a whole new Chicago experience.
A NEW NAVY PIER
The Midwest's most visited attraction turns 100 this year.
No visit to Chicago is complete without some fun at Navy Pier. As part of the Centennial
Celebration, the 50-acre waterfront park is enjoying a fabulous makeover that
includes a new Polk Bros Fountain and Plaza, a revitalized South Dock, new
authentic Chicago restaurants, and celebratory events throughout the summer.
Navy Pier's new and improved Centennial Wheel opened
to the public on May 27 as a year-round 20-story ride wearing an ever-changing
LED light show. Guests can hop in one of 42 enclosed climate-controlled
gondolas and take in gorgeous sunsets, the Chicago skyline and summer fireworks
every Wednesday and Saturday.
comfortable reinvented gondolas have padded seats, flat-screen TVs, speakers
and air-conditioning. For the ultimate sky-skimming ride, the VIP experience offers
an exhilarating spin in the exclusive four-passenger glass-bottom gondola.
and Play at the Pier
Hungry visitors can look to Navy Pier for a new elevated dining experience that
includes Giordano's and Original Rainbow Cone — a South Side classic! — plus Big Bowl Chinese Express, DMK Burger and Fish Bar, Frankie's Pizza by
the Slice, Big City Chicken and Porkchop, a Southern comfort food and barbecue
spot. An expansive communal dining area will feature waterfront views and Wi-Fi.
Visitors can enjoy the many other on-site attractions, such
as the massive indoor botanical space known as the Crystal Gardens, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre and more.
In Pier Park, a new $35 day pass includes unlimited rides on the Ferris
wheel, the carousel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, the Light Tower and a new climbing
THE CHICAGO RIVERWALK
The City of Chicago's Riverwalk project
has transformed the banks of the Chicago River into a pedestrian-friendly
grown-up playground. Guests take in amazing architecture views, dine at highly
sought-after restaurants and bars, and enjoy easy access to kayak rentals,
shopping and water taxis.
The new Chicago Riverwalk spans six blocks from State Street west to Lake
Street. Visitors can explore various areas, each with its own special offerings
and all connected by a continuous riverside walkway:
- The Marina (from
State to Dearborn)
- The Cove (Dearborn to Clark)
River Theater (Clark to LaSalle)
- The Swimming Hole (LaSalle
- The Jetty (Wells to Franklin)
Boardwalk (Franklin to Lake)
of the six areas has its own landscaping and identity. The Marina focuses on
restaurants, retail and public seating. The Cove accommodates kayak rentals and
watercraft docking. The Swimming Hole features a zero-depth fountain and The
Jetty is all about education and sharing the ecology of the river, with
floating gardens and piers for fishing.
This builds upon the stretch of the waterfront promenade that starts at Lake Michigan. The transformation of the Chicago Riverwalk is one of the most visible
and ambitious renovations of a public space in the city's history, and
is scheduled to be fully completed in 2016 when construction on the last three sections wraps up.
Waterfront Food and Drinks
Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk is now open on the south bank of the
Chicago River. New this summer, an outdoor Wine Garden will have more standing
room to accommodate up to 100 guests for wine tastings and private events.
Expect a wine country ambiance, six house-made wines on tap
sourced from vineyards in California, and free live music Thursdays to Sundays
from 3 to 6 p.m.
A new barbecue-focused Riverwalk dining spot, Tiny Hatt will open in June and offer free live music
Monday and Wednesday evenings.
This summer, Lillie's Park Grill will offer grab-and-go eats to be enjoyed along benches in The Cove and River Theatre sections of the Riverwalk. And Dulce in Horto will sell cupcakes, cookies and brownies as the Chicago Riverwalk's first movable vending cart.
Learn more about the Chicago Riverwalk.