Navy Pier
Amusement & Theme ParksPiers & Boardwalks
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 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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  • Eva
    Bothell, Washington177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic landmark with amazing views of Chicago!
    I remember coming to Navy Pier when I first moved to Chicago in 1997. I used to visit if often, just to sit by the water, trying new restaurants that opened and take all my out of town guests to experience it. It was always a treat. This time I took my daughter for the first time and suffice to say, she loved it! It’s easy to navigate, very organized and even with the crowed, it didn’t feel as busy as some other tourist attractions which was very pleasant. Great shops that helped get some fun memorabilia. You know it was memorable when she’s asked about it days later.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago Icon!!
    Located right on Lake Michigan the Navy Pier is one of Chicago's iconic places. On my visit it was a hot day, so the scene was crowded, outdoor dining areas were full, the boat tours were buzzing, just a good day to walk and enjoy the buzz. This place has something for every one, a kids museum, a small park with rides, restaurants that are full service, fast food, and street style, countless boat tours, and a few other attractions. This is great place to meet up with friends, grab a drink, enjoy a salsa concert, watch boats pass by, and see the many views of the Chicago skyline. I really my visit to the Navy Pier, and will be stopping by on my next visit to Chicago.
    Visited August 2022
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Ashley P
    Winnipeg, Canada541 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk along a Great Lake
    Lots to see and do as you walk along one of the Great Lakes. Lots of snack/food options as well. Restaurants have bars set up along the walk if you want to grab a beverage for your stroll.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 10, 2023
  • T L
    La Jolla, California10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    NO BOB NEWHART!!
    NO BOB NEWHART STATUE. The website needs to be updated. They advertised a statue of famous comedian Bob Newhart. My family and I walked forever to find it. IT WAS NOT THERE!!! Being a big Newhart fan you can imagine my disappointment and on top of that. We walked from Shed Aquarium! That was a long haul for nothing.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Tom C
    Oregon72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walkable destination from the city center
    The site has a variety of activities from lake boating tours, oldest site of the city’s Ferris wheel, several restaurants of different values and hotels. On a sunny day this is a welcoming location to see the lake and skyline of Chicago. Good for several hours of exploring, people watching, and exercise.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Guide20608346169
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable experience
    We were in Chicago to attend a few games at Wrigley. On the first day we walked to the Navy Pier from our hotel. We walked along the water and saw the Ferris wheel in the distance. Upon arriving at the Navy pier we explored the perimeter with several restaurants and boat rides available for your pleasure. I thought I had done my research but upon entering the lower level we found many eateries and quaint shops to explore. There were a few rides on the upper level with the Ferris wheel being the highlight. We spent about 3 hours at the pier and met several nice people and the security guards were both friendly and informative. Not only about the pier but things to do in Chicago. If you’d like a relaxing few hours to explore this is a good place to visit
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Dave F
    Shotton, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well deserved accolade of being Chicago's No.1 tourist Attraction.
    This is a major tourist area with a huge Ferris Wheel, loads of bars, shops, cafes and restaurants. Great place to walk. There are plenty of tourist boats to utilise if you want. live music available.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • DeanneB969
    Littleton, Colorado75 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, Indiana16 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, Minnesota127 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
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jennyrocha
Pickering, Canada276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
In March 2024, my family and I visited this place. It's stunning, with indoor shops and a picturesque view. The Ferris Wheel is a must-try despite its high cost—it's truly worth it.
Written March 30, 2024
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,341 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This place is definitely getting an upgrade from my last visit, and it's been several years. I like the indoor dining and shopping area, although there aren't a lot of shopping choices. Of course the pier is iconic, so it's worth a walk to the end. I guess the only problem with the pier, it's so large and so long, if you're not just in it for the exercise, there isn't much of a purpose in taking the walk. There's a ferris wheel and some cool spots for tourist photos. There are also some nice public benches and recliner like seats at the lake end of the pier. On a beautiful day it is a nice walk.
Written March 19, 2024
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Shirley from Chicago
Chicago, IL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Is there anything worse than losing your phone?? Well yes there is but it's really stressful. When I got home from my Navy Pier evening I realized that I lost my phone at Navy Pier. I had very little hope of getting it back but I filled out the lost property report. 2 days later I decided to go to the pier. I started with the two people at the front desk and they were lovely and helpful. Then Greg from the office came out to help. This guy spent a lot of time helping me and happy day - I left with my phone. I highly recommend Navy Pier! Great attraction and great experience, great employees. PS Let's not forget to mention the good and honest samaritan who turned in my phone. Wish I knew who it was but THANK YOU to all you honest people out there! Life is good!
Written March 18, 2024
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litaker4
Concord, AR4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Perfect time to go is in November. The weather was perfect- it wasn’t crowded. The views were spectacular. Book a stay at the sable and you have access to the whole navy pier area indoors.
Written March 17, 2024
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Life2Travel
Denver, NC1,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We enjoyed a nice scenic walk along Navy Pier. The ferris wheel was operating and when the weather improves, there are more amusement rides outside. You can get a scenic boat or dinner tour from this location. Inside Navy Pier is a whole different experience with restaurants and shops. The Chicago Children's Museum is located here as well as the new Flyover Chicago attraction. Parking at Navy Pier is expensive.
Written March 16, 2024
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Mrudula
128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Navy pier is super fun. You can ride ferris wheel and see whole city from the top. The carousel is also cool, especially for kids. There are lots of yummy food options, like ice cream/ juice and don't miss the garret popcorn. It is place to relax and view the lake Michigan in the evening. I liked walking along the pier and watching boats go by. It is must visit if you are visiting chicago and there will be crowd during summer. So plan your trip accordingly.
Written February 19, 2024
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anonymous
Chicago, IL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Walked all over at Navy Pier. We absolutely loved it. Loved the vibe and energy. They had some good food too. A nice Saturday afternoon with the wife.
Written January 4, 2024
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA9,336 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Me and my 3 men took a walk...we all thought this was pretty lame. We knew it was a tourist trap, but it was lifeless in October. Don't go unless you have run out of things to do.
-Food Hall, includes lots of chains. Tourist Trap restaurants.
-Touristy Chicago ouvenir shops
-Basic Carnival Rides...great if you have kids?
-Beer Garden at the very end...serving up mainly national beers you can find anywhere. Way overpriced
-Views...pretty views I suppose
Written November 21, 2023
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Rylen
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Very nice. Good selection of food and dining. Fun activities in winter such as indoor sledding, ice skating, etc. The Ferris wheel was enjoyable.
Written November 19, 2023
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RM
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I was disappointed in the Navy Pier. Really nothing to see. Just bars and restaurants. No shops. If you like to drink and party, you will like it.
Written November 19, 2023
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