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Chicago's Navy Pier On Lake Michigan

Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago's family playground and one of the most popular destinations in the city. Discover entertainment around every corner, from amusement rides and an IMAX theater to boat cruises and weekend summer fireworks. A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier features exciting attractions like the Centennial Wheel, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Chicago Children's Museum, as well as live entertainment, rides, games, waterfront restaurants, a beer garden, shops, and lake cruises. Grab a bite to eat, shop for Chicago souvenirs, or just wander through this bustling attraction to experience the cultural heart of city.



  • Open daily at 10am


  • Free admission


  • Summer Weekend Fireworks
  • Snow Days
  • Holiday Celebrations


  • Rides and Games
  • Boat Cruises
  • Concerts, Shows & Films
  • Attractions
  • Shopping
  • Dining
Navy Pier

Ferris Wheel

Soaring 150 feet into the air, this is one of the most visible landmarks at Navy Pier. Each of the 40 gondolas seats up to six passengers and offers incredible vistas of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Each ride lasts approximately 7 minutes.

Boat Rides & Cruises

There are a number of sightseeing and dinner cruises leaving directly from Navy Pier. These maritime adventures offer visitors a unique chance to experience the majestic Chicago skyline from the water. There are even excursions available on tall ships and fast speed boats. See all of the options on the website


  • How many people visit Navy Pier each year?

    Attracting a whopping 8.6 million guests every year, it's no wonder this is the #1 tourist attraction in the Midwest.
  • Is Navy Pier free?

    It is free for everyone to enter Navy Pier, making this Chicago attraction a popular destination for families. However, many of the famous rides and attractions do charge separate ticket fees. Parking is also an additional cost if you go by car.

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