600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago Illinois 60611 • 1-800-595-PIER

Navy Pier is one of Chicago's top attractions, welcoming in excess of 9.3 million visitors a year.

Stretching six city blocks into Lake Michigan, this year-round destination truly comes to life over the summer months, with free admission, waterfront access and public programming that spans all interests. 

Here's just a glimpse of what you'll experience.

Navy Pier Family

Family Experiences

Centennial Wheel & Pier Park

Pier Park attractions include the amazing Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more. Just so you know, the Centennial Wheel soars to nearly 200 feet, with climate-controlled gondolas for the most comfortable Ferris wheel ride ever.

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

This is Chicago’s only self-paced, full-sensory maze experience. Navigate your way through 4,000 square feet of tunnels. 

AMC Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Towering screens. Striking clarity. Deep, sharp sound. This is the ultimate immersive movie-going experience. Visit to find out about upcoming films.

Chicago Children's Museum

Kids dig for bones on a dinosaur expedition, scale a three-story schooner, and even make a splash in a squirting, pumping water playground. Chicago Children’s Museum is three floors of fun for kids (ages 10 and under) and their families.

Tour Chicago by Land, Water or Air

Access any number of Chicago tours from Navy Pier, including Chicago Big Bus Tours, Vertiport Helicopter Tours and Architecture River Tours. You can also rent bicycles to explore the lakefront on your own.

Aon Summer Fireworks

Fireworks perfectly synchronized to music have become a Navy Pier institution. Biweekly shows are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For an extra-special experience, watch the fireworks from the water, on the deck of a cruise boat.

Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier

Cultural Experiences

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

This leading international theater company is the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Chicago Shakespeare’s year-round season features as many as 20 productions and 650 performances—including playsmusicalsworld premieres and visiting international tours.

Crystal Gardens

This breathtaking, indoor, one‐acre botanical garden is housed within a six‐story glass atrium, holding over 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. Best of all, the Crystal Gardens offer beautiful views of the lakefront, Chicago skyline and Centennial Wheel.  

Public Art

Navy Pier's eclectic display of public art reflects its commitment to presenting iconic, contemporary art installations and exhibitions that "attract, excite and inspire." 


Whatever your cruise wish list, you'll find it at Navy Pier. Cruise on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River and experience everything from laid-back sightseeing and elegant dining to heart-pumping thrill rides and local craft brews.

Miller Lite Beer Garden

From May through October, the beer garden becomes one of Chicago’s go-to destinations for free, live, outdoor music. This lakeside venue also boasts some of the city’s best lake and skyline views.

Find out more about Navy Pier restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment.

Shoreline Sightseeing at Navy Pier


Explore the sights of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River with cruises departing from Navy Pier! Take your pick from laid-back sightseeing tours, elegant dining cruises, heart-pumping speedboats rides or upscale charter rentals during your trip to Chicago's famous attraction.

Read more about cruise options at Navy Pier

Navy Pier Fireworks


May 26 through September 1, 2018: See the fireworks on Lake Michigan that are perfectly synchronized to music on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Whether you're sipping a cold one from the Miller Lite Beer Garden or cruising Lake Michigan on a specialty cruise, make time for this Chicago summertime tradition.

See the AON Summer Fireworks schedule


Navy Pier is open year-round, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours vary depending on the season and may be subject to change.

Monday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm 
Friday and Saturday 10 am – 10 pm 
Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

FREE! There is no general admission fee or entrance ticket required. Individual attractions may have admission prices with tickets for sale at the individual box offices.


Ferris Wheel


By car:
Drivers can reserve spots in Navy Pier’s garages via Click and Park, a guaranteed parking feature available online at Validated parking is also available at nearby Grand Plaza Park (540 W. State St.) and Ogden Plaza Self Park (300 E. North Water St.) for a discounted $15 when validated at Navy Pier.

By Uber or Lyft:
Use these driving services to the Pier (dropoff is at the front entrance) and to return, take advantage of the new dedicated pickup locations. 

By free trolley:
Navy Pier operates a free trolley seasonally and during select special events. It runs between the Pier and State Street, traveling on Grand and Illinois, stopping at designated points along the way. 

By public transit:
You can get to Navy Pier by direct CTA bus service that comes from Metra and other rail stations, as well as 'L' train stops. 

Other transit options:
Seasonally, water taxis shoot over to the Pier via Shoreline Sightseeing from the Museum Campus and the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Divvy bike rentals are available all around the city, with stations to pick up and dock bikes right on Navy Pier.