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Family Fun at Navy Pier

Nestled over the blue waters of Lake Michigan, this all-ages venue is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago. Admission is always free, and visitors will find entertainment around every corner from amusement rides and an IMAX theater to boat cruises and special events like weekend summer fireworks displays. The family-friendly fun never stops, so grab a bite to eat, shop for Chicago souvenirs, or just wander through this bustling attraction to experience the city.


Hours -

Open daily at 10am

Prices -

Free admission


  • Summer Weekend Fireworks
  • Snow Days
  • Holiday Celebrations


  • Family-friendly Activities
  • Boat Cruises
  • Concerts, Shows & Films
  • Rides & Attractions
  • Souvenirs

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.
  • Does it cost to visit Navy Pier?

    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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