Navy Pier
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11:00 AM - 10:00 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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  • 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
  • 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 24 July 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 1 August 2023
  • Tracy M
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom197 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 3 August 2023
  • hrobinson1114
    Nashville, Tennessee5,809 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 19 August 2023
  • Craig F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun family time
    Great time with family. Parked in a safe garage jumped on a Wendella Chicago Architectural Tour. Moved over to the pier parking on the roof grabbed some good pics. We went shopping, walked all around the pier had nice lunch at Harry Carays Tavern stuffed with baseball memorabilia and photos of stars. All around good family time.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Nofrillstraveler
    97 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    It was a nice safe place to walk around for a couple of hours. There are plenty of places to eat and buy souvenirs. Nothing really stood out as needing to make a second trip. Parking was $32.00.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Happybeckie
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom110 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beer on the pier in the sun
    We had a good time at the pier. We had decent priced beers at Billy Goat bar. Not as exciting as it’s made out to be but worth a trip. We went to have a beer at the beer garden but it wasn’t open. Which was a better thing in the end as they were really expensive if the beer garden had been open
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Nightly Trader
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a blast!
    Navy Pier in Chicago is a blast! It's like the ultimate playground for all ages. From the giant Ferris wheel with killer lake views to the funhouse maze that'll leave you laughing and lost, there's no shortage of entertainment. And the food scene? Don't even get me started – deep-dish pizza, cotton candy, and everything in between. Plus, they've got awesome events year-round, so there's always something going on. Navy Pier is basically the heart and soul of Chicago's waterfront, and you'd be crazy not to check it out when you're in the Windy City!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
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Arthur P
Leawood, KS1,314 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
While we were in Chicago we decided to visit Navy Pier since we have not been there in decades. We also wanted to take one of the boat tours which leave from Navy Pier. The boat tour was enjoyable, but we found Navy Pier to be disappointing. We were hoping there were several nice restaurants to have lunch or dinner at, but instead found numerous fast food joints! The parking was a royal pain and expensive, but of course all Chicago Loop area parking is expensive.

They did however do a nice job decorating the area near the Ferris Wheel with beautifully carved pumpkins, which kids really enjoyed seeing.

If not for boarding availability to the Boat Tours, we would not recommend going to Navy Pier. The Chicago City Planners and the developers should put on their thinking caps and start over with a new planning design.
Written 30 October 2021
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Laurie K
West Seneca, NY703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I have been to Chicago about 5 times in the last 4 years since my son moved there but had never been to Navy Pier until this last trip. The outside and grounds are very clean and well kept. WE went inside and there are 2 larger restaurants then a corridor full of all types of little shops with wears, t-shirts, clothing, souveniers and other goodies. Then when you go all the way down the hallway there are several eating small little places and drinks, desserts etc. Outside you can go on the jet boat, go into the Shakespere theater or ride the Centennial Wheel which is the huge ferris wheel on the grounds, it was very cool, it goes very slow you barely know you're moving and the view is amazing especially when the water looks so crystal clear blue, and the trees are changing colors.
The Ferris wheel was $19.42 per adult with taxes included, I am not sure child price as I had no kids with me.
There is alot to see and do so plan a couple hours there especially in the summer, spring and fall I am not sure how much stuff is open in the winter. I am sure the inside is still open but the outside activities I'm sure are closed down for the winter.
There is also a huge parking lot if you drive but I have no idea what the parking fee would be.
Written 11 November 2021
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Jazzykins87
Snellville, GA188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We came to enjoy Winter WonderFest (which was excellent btw) and thought it would be a giant arena that is empty between large festivals and events. We are happy to be very wrong. Situated on Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier has plenty of restaurants with a variety of food, unique shops, and activities to keep you busy for a whole visit honestly. We rode the Ferris wheel at night and the view was phenomenal. We walked along the pier outside and enjoyed the lake at sunset. We made friends with the shop owners because everyone was so friendly and helpful. We will visit again for sure.
Written 5 January 2020
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Chris L
Lockport, United States9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Highly recommend visiting Riva crabhouse for dinner....especially on a clear night when the sun is just starting to set. Views of the pier and Lake are amazing. The food is phenomenal with several vegetarian options!
Written 8 July 2020
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Sameer S
Chennai (Madras), India775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We visited on Christmas Day. All the rides were closed but we did not go for the attractions we just wanted to walk near the lake. It was a nice sunny day with a nice breeze. There were very few people around. We had a leisurely stroll and clicked a few pictures. A nice place.
Written 20 January 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Just about everything said you need to see Navy Pier for a complete visit to Chicago. I knew it had the Centennial Wheel, but I really did not know much else. Let me say we had an incredible evening with so much to do.

One of the great things Chicago did was to envisioned a much more recreational and residential waterfront as opposed to other Great Lake cities like Cleveland. With an industrial waterfront further to the south, Chicago does not really have a place for vessels in the downtown Loop area, except Navy Pier.

Historically built for possible passenger and cargo transport, it evolved into more office usage as the Navy actual user for training in WWII. Afterwards it was part of the University of Chicago and then underutilized until the late 1990s. Then there was a redevelopment idea for an entertainment destination with museum, theater, attractions and rides, along with food and hospitality.

We visited to see what was there and we loved our ride on the Centennial Wheel. However, we were totally unprepared for the number of people we saw only to realize Wednesdays are fireworks. So we stayed and enjoyed views of the city changing from sunset to night as well as fireworks over the lake. Again it was a fun evening. I am so glad we made the visit.
Written 4 August 2022
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Jean S
Chicago, IL12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Time for a facelift for this venue. Parking is difficult and crowds are intense. Since Lake Michigan tour boats doc in that area as well, things get a little crazy when private parties are going on. Better for 20-50ish age range in my opinion.
Written 14 March 2020
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,563 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Beautiful day, very hot 4th of July. Nice walk along the pier, but not much to see or do. Strolled the whole thing in under an hour. The Children's museum had a nice garden on the second floor. We sat and watched the boaters at the end of the pier. We saw a poor baby seagull die, though. It must have fallen from the top of the Sable Hotel. It laid on the steps gasping for breath, its neck looked broken. Its parent watched helplessly nearby. We wish we could have helped, but there was nothing we could do, no one we could call. All in all, I guess Navy Pier is good for children, there were lots of kiddie rides. And I suppose if you like jet skiing, there was that, too. Also a bunch of sad boat rides. The teenagers dressed in navy uniforms stood at the boarding ramps listlessly waiting for enough people to buy tickets. They waited a long time. At least there weren't many cheap, gimmicky vendors selling crummy trinkets on the pier. But it was pretty bare. Could have used more attractions.
Written 6 July 2021
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Fl&GaHubbyandPops
Lawrenceville, GA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Some places were closed and couldn't take cruise on larger ships due to COVID guidelines, but still worth the trip and visit. Lots of shops and most food vendors were open. Sitting on the boardwalk and just relaxing/watching the seagulls and boats go by was relaxing and felt like we were much further away from the bustle of the city than we were. 5 starts!
Written 3 August 2020
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Kenny S
298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Before children a few years ago, Navy Pier seemed a bit run down and past its prime. However when we recently returned now with our young girls in tow, we loved it!! Navy Pier seems to have received a bit of a face lift, and between the huge Ferries wheel, carousel, bands and awesome nighttime view of the city, it was perfect for our young family. It was a blast and we look forward to taking the girls back here on our next Chicago trip!
Written 24 October 2021
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