Navy Pier
Amusement & Theme ParksPiers & Boardwalks
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
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  • 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 22 May 2023
  • Tom C
    Oregon97 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 26 May 2023
  • Guide20608346169
    16 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 30 May 2023
  • Dave F
    Shotton, United Kingdom185 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 10 June 2023
  • 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 29 June 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 8 July 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 11 July 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 14 July 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 20 July 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 22 July 2023
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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 14 May 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,792 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 9 May 2024
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Baybug2
Macon, GA307 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 30 April 2024
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hecubus23
Las Vegas, NV124 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 23 April 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,899 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 22 April 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL117 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 19 April 2024
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jennyrocha
Pickering, Canada284 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 30 March 2024
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,459 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 19 March 2024
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Shirley from Chicago
Chicago, IL8 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 18 March 2024
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litaker4
Concord, AR14 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 17 March 2024
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