After a winter hiatus, Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier is back just in time for summer. Located on scenic Lake Michigan, Navy Pier offers stunning skyline views, a famous Ferris wheel, waterfront dining options, and tons of family-friendly activities. It’s no wonder that the historic spot is one of the city’s most popular attractions. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Navy Pier’s reopening and what’s new at the Pier this year.

Reopening plans

Are you ready to take another spin on the Centennial Wheel? This iconic attraction and more will be welcoming guests as Navy Pier reopens in phases

A young girl on the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier
Photo by Heidi Zeiger

The Pier is currently in the process of reopening indoor spaces and select businesses with the goal of being fully open by Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what’s open right now to explore:

  • The Centennial Wheel
  • Pepsi Wave Swinger
  • Carousel
  • Tour boats and cruises
  • Select restaurants
  • Polk Brothers Park
  • North and South Docks
  • Pier Park
  • East End Plaza
  • Parking garages

Starting May 28, Navy Pier will be open for extended summer hours through Labor Day (hours may vary per establishment):

  • Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – midnight

Summer fireworks displays

Memorial Day Weekend

Navy Pier’s famous fireworks show is a beloved part of the summer season in Chicago. This year, the city will get even more of the dazzling display. Fireworks will light up the sky twice a week for a ten-minute spectacle starting at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:15 p.m on Saturdays.

Find a spot to watch the show anywhere on Navy Pier, on a boat cruise, or along the nearby lakefront. The full summer fireworks schedule will be announced at a later date. 

Free summer events

An outdoor concert at Navy Pier
Photo by James Richard IV

Summer means a whole slate of fun (and free!) events on the Pier. Whether it’s a live concert in the beer garden or a yoga class with waterfront views, there’s something for everyone this summer. Check out the Navy Pier events calendar for details.

  • Neighborhood Artisan Markets, May 28 – Sept. 5 on select weekends
  • Wave Wall Moves dance series, May 29 – Sept. 4 on Saturdays
  • Wave Wall Wax DJ sets, May 29 – Sept. 4 on Saturdays
  • Live on the Lake! concerts, May 29 – Sept. 4 on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Pier Fitness classes, June 1 – Aug. 31 on Tuesdays
  • Skyline Sessions concerts, June 3 – 25 on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Wiggleworms, June 6 – Aug. 27 on Fridays
  • Navy Pier Pride, June 26
  • Water Flicks movie screenings, July 8 – Aug. 30 on Mondays and Thursday
  • Fresh Fest!, July 8 and 9
  • Water Colors jazz concerts, July 2 – Aug. 27 on Fridays
  • Rhythm World dance festival, July 28
  • LatiNxt music festival, Aug. 6 – 7
  • Noche Caribena, Aug. 14

A new hotel

Photo by Mike Schwartz

Sable at Navy Pier, which opened in March 2021, is the first ever hotel on Navy Pier. This unique location means it offers unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. Every room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the lake and the skyline.

Along with can’t-be-beat views, the hotel also has a brand new dining option. Lirica features Latin-inspired cuisine, an expansive bar, and spacious outdoor seating with waterfront vistas. The best part of the new Sable hotel — it’s just steps away from everything Navy Pier has to offer. 

Health & safety measures

Navy Pier has gone above and beyond to ensure guest health and safety. The Pier recently earned GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, the cleaning industry’s gold standard for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

A few things to know about new safety measures at Navy Pier:

  • Guests must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Capacity within events and spaces will be limited to allow for physical distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are now available throughout the Pier.
  • The cleaning team will use electrostatic anti-microbial spray treatments on all rides and sanitize high-touch surfaces, common areas, and attractions after each use.
  • Social Distancing Ambassadors will be circulating the Pier and offering friendly reminders about physical distancing. 

For more information on Navy Pier, including opening updates and safety information, visit navypier.org.