Navy Pier
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Opened in 1995, Navy Pier is a 50-acre scenic waterfront destination that’s home to countless restaurants, exhibitions, shops, entertainment, and more. Take a ride on the 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel, explore the interactive Chicago Children’s Museum, enjoy a free concert, or go on an art and mural hunt—all against the spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Adrenaline seekers will love the speedboat tours; otherwise, unwind on a sightseeing cruise. Parking can be rather pricey, so it’s best to make your way there via public transportation. You'll likely pass by the pier on a cruise of the Chicago River. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • DeanneB969
    Littleton, Colorado78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit during the summer. Lots for families to do.
    This is a great family friendly area. Lots of places to eat, rides for the family to enjoy (we went during the summer I am sure some of the rides are closed during winter). There are some indoor activities as well. Nice place get photos of the city.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Brad F
    Boonville, Indiana21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Free Trolley Available as website states!!!!
    Big vehicle- park in East garage Bathrooms through door marked 88 but don’t follow through the inside area. Leave parking garage & walk outside. Walk all the way around the pier, it’s huge but worth it. No free trolley as one website stated!!!! Security was clueless about trolley, not helpful!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • AdventureMN95
    Minneapolis, Minnesota338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fireworks in the water
    We went to Navy Pier to watch the 4th of July fireworks. Which was very nicely done and it wasn’t too long either (about 10 mins). The pier also has a lots of restaurants and shops good place to get dinner or drinks with friends
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 11, 2023
  • LMicheleS
    La Quinta, California177 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    More for kids or families.
    Honestly, I think this is aimed more for families with kids. We walked from the Grand Redline subway station...it was a LONG walk - not recommended. Once we got past the kiddie rides and the Ferris wheel it became more interesting. Great view of the lake and cool architecture on the pier. We found the famous Rainbow Cone shop, bought one and had a seat watching the boats come and go while eating it. There wasn't really much to do for two middle aged women. We walked back and caught a pedicab to a nearby beach that was only a few blocks from our hotel. That was probably the most fun we had while in the vicinity.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Sharon S
    Lockwood, Missouri34 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Knocked 3 items from my checklist: hot dog, rainbow ice cream, tourist site
    For adults, there’s not a lot to do. We saw the Lake Michigan beach just off the Pier. Ate a Chicago dog at the permanent site as you head onto the Pier. Ate a Rainbow cone near the end of the Pier. Beautiful views of the lake with sailboats and a little lighthouse I wish I could’ve read about. Rest up at the end of the Pier where you’ll find an anchor from a USS Chicago. Less fun than advertised but I was able to eat two of the famous Chicago foods in one location
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Shannon M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun place! You got to see the fireworks show on Saturdays!
    An awesome place to watch fireworks on Saturday nights. There is a lot to do at Navy Pier and a recommended stop. Looking for a decent burger at a decent price the burger place in the food court across from McDonalds is a win!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Shel C
    London, Canada19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenges using cash/ debit cards
    We had never been to Chicago before so decided to go for a couple of nights. Our first night there we walked from our room to the Navy Pier. It was lovely and we decided to go on an architectural boat tour. We were unable to pay with cash and also our debit cards did not work (we are from Canada). We had to use our credit card. After the tour we decided to grab some supper- again, unable to pay with cash and unable to get our debit cards to work. We walked around and found the Billy Goat Tavern and Grill accepted cash so we grabbed supper there. I contacted our bank and there is no issue with our cards, nor did they receive any notice of issues/error messages. I am only giving a heads up to others as this was inconvenient. Chicago is beautiful and we had a wonderful time despite this.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • life traveler
    Michigan26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Fun
    The pier has a lot to do, let it be with friends or family (kids). There are restaurants, fun activity’s, tour boats including a speed boat. The Farris wheel and rides for kids and beautiful views of lake and down town Chicago. Lots of ppl watching. Walking distance from many hotels.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Tracy M
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views from the end of the pier
    We visited on a morning in August (when it was very hot). Enjoyed the ferris wheel (around $20 per person) which gave spectacular views over the lake and back to Chicago skyline. There were machines for buying tickets or you can do online, but no facilities to buy from a kiosk. The rides are extra (about $5 each) but our older teenager was not too bothered as they were more for younger children (and only 3 or 4 rides to choose from). The main food outlets are in the family area, and all sorts of fast food. There’s also a cocktail place and Miller Light bar/food at the end of the pier. But for us it was more about the views!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • hrobinson1114
    Nashville, Tennessee5,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy, but not a bad way to spend an afternoon
    I'm not a big fan of crowds and navy pier is teeming with people! But it's on beautiful Lake Michigan, there are a ton of restaurants (even if they are chain restaurants). Best of all, there are several beer gardens and outdoor bars to get booze from (beer, seltzer, basic cocktails, frozen drinks)--so you can sip your beverage while strolling, people watching, or just enjoying the vista. There are plenty of seating options. There's also the Ferris wheel and a few other amusements. Close to Ohio street beach and what they call concrete beach. You can purchase boat tours, rent bikes. There are fireworks Wednesday and Monday evenings. It might be touristy and crowded, but it really isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
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SeekerOfGoodValue
Saint Louis, MO353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My family had a limited first experience of Navy Pier. We did a boat tour from the Pier, ate dinner at a restaurant on the Pier, walked around a bit, and saw some Saturday night fireworks. The architectural boat tour was great, the restaurant was so-so and overpriced, the firework show was brief, very brief. My experience was too limited to reach a fair conclusion. NP deserves another, longer exploration. Touristy zones are not really my thing, but kids love them. I gave it a 3. Grandkids gave it a 5. If this is why you bring your family to Chicago, it is probably better than similar places in most other cities. Go for it.
Written June 19, 2024
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Christy W
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I’ve been to Chicago numerous times but finally ventured to Navy Pier with our toddler. I pictured a Coney Island experience but it was far from that. There are very few rides and no passes to allow multiple rides. My toddler loved the carousel but at $9 a ride and hardly a line I felt we should have gotten at least two rides for that price. It’s basically a mall. If you are limited on time the massive food court is a good way to try food from various Chicago landmarks but besides that save your money and go walk around the downtown instead.
Written June 19, 2024
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Chicago once had Riverview, which operated from 1904 to 1967, covered 74 acres and was the largest amusement park in the United States. Now it has Navy Pier, which fills 50 acres and a 3,300-foot-long square-foot space into Lake Michigan with restaurants, retail shops, theaters, parks, gardens, family attractions, art galleries, museums, exhibition facilities and a 196-feet-tall Ferris wheel. The second most visited tourist attraction in Illinois and one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest, drawing nine millions visitors annually, Navy Pier is a Chicago Landmark and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Opened in 1916, it has been used for a dock for passenger ships and freighters, a jail for draft dodgers in World War I, a training center for the U.S. Navy in World War II and classes for the University of Illinois. Finally, in 2016, after reviewing and evaluating several studies and proposals and redevelopment plans, the city opened the new waterfront promenade at Navy Pier. And the development is ongoing. Today, visitors can choose among 34 restaurants and view such attractions as the Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago's Funhouse Maze, Crystal Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drop Tower, the carousel and several sightseeing tours and cruises. Not to mention the amazing fireworks displays on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Written June 10, 2024
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DriveAllNight
New City, NY261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We did not walk all the way out on the pier - went to the inside area of shops and restaurants. Touristy and nothing special - I’d bet the pier itself would be fun with kids.
Written June 8, 2024
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SJM Jordan
Amman, Jordan313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It’s an amazing place for a walk, the view of the lake and walking area around it is nice. There is also a Ferris’s wheel there.
Written May 14, 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,989 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Extending out onto Lake Michigan, Navy Pier offers plenty in the way of family-friendly entertainment. it is located a few blocks east of The Magnificent Mile and is open daily year-round. The first thing you'll spot once you set foot on the pier is the towering Ferris wheel (which stands 196 feet tall). originally opened in 1916 as an amusement area and shipping facility but is now one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions.

I was sitting here facing rough wind coming from Michigan Lake and thinking - is there any place like this that offers this kind of variety... tons of restaurants, a food park, Beer Garden, Ferris wheel, yacht/boat tour, museum, live performance - everything at the same place. Navy Pier offers something to every age group.

Once the kids have had their thrill rides, you can spend some time cruising the Chicago River on a sightseeing or speedboat tour or spend a few hours exploring the Chicago Children's Museum.

Visitors can also watch a film at the 3D Imax Theater, watch actors perform the classics at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, visit Crystal Gardens, a one-acre, six-story, indoor botanical garden, or enjoy themselves at a variety of shops or grab a drink at the Navy Pier Beer Garden.

Be sure to check Navy Pier's website for a list of events: Concerts are often held here, and from Memorial Day to Labor Day (as well as New Year's Eve),

Tip: go there on Wednesday and Saturday nights. impressive fireworks displays light up the skies these days.

you would definitely appreciate Navy Pier's picturesque water views and Chicago skyline.
Written May 9, 2024
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Baybug2
Macon, GA317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Just be prepared for the wind...........it was nice and warm and people were out and about. It was our first time visiting the Pier. It was nicely done and very spread out so you could move about even when it was busy.

We will come back for the boat tours and probably some good food as well.

The view is just absolutely beautiful. It is really hard to believe it is a freshwater lake. Reminded us alot of the Destin FL harbor.
Written April 30, 2024
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hecubus23
Las Vegas, NV123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
First time here and if you are hungry and leave hungry, you only have yourself to blame. A ton of restaurants and bars! Some very nice gift shops and souvenir stores. Beautiful views of the city and lake!
Written April 23, 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,921 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Yes, it's long isn't it
Nice walk in the sunshine. Bit cool in the wind, but then it is Chicago after all
One side - South - much more life than the other
Written April 22, 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The Navy Pier is awesome! I went back in October. Very pretty scenery overlooking the water. Had fun on the Ferris wheel (even though I’m afraid of heights). We also had good food at the rooftop restaurant, Offshore Rooftop. I got great pictures at the Navy Pier area.
Written April 19, 2024
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