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Navy Pier


Navy Pier

In Brief:

Located just east of downtown on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier offers scores of entertainment and dining options, making it one of Chicago's top tourist attractions.

Rides at Navy Pier are included with the purchase of a Go Chicago Card. (Buy Direct)


600 East Grand Avenue


800-595-PIER (7437)

Getting There By Public Transportation:

CTA bus lines #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), and the #66 (Chicago Avenue) all serve Navy Pier.

Driving from downtown:

Lake Shore Drive north to the Illinois Street exit, right to Navy Pier

Parking at Navy Pier:

Navy Pier has an on-site parking garage, accommodating 1600 cars. Parking is a daily flat rate:
  • Monday - Thursday: $20 per day
  • Friday - Sunday: $24 per day
  • Holidays: $24 per day
(prices as of 06/2011, subject to change)

Navy Pier Website:

About Navy Pier:

Originally a shipping and recreational facility, Navy Pier has a rich history and has evolved into one of the most popular spot for people visiting Chicago. Navy Pier is separated into these areas:

Gateway Park
This 19-acre park enhances the city's lake front, and is a fun entrance to the pier, with its water fountain with computerized jet streams.

Family Pavilion
One of the main areas of Navy Pier, the Family Pavilion is home to the 50,000-square-foot Chicago Children's Museum, an IMAX Theater, the Crystal Gardens indoor botanical park, and numerous restaurants and shops.

South Arcade
The South Arcade holds more shops and restaurants as well as Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze, the 3-D ride Transporter FX, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater which, as the name implies, is a permanent home for Shakespeare in Chicago.

Navy Pier Park
This popular spot in warmer months features the famous 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, a high-flying swing ride and a miniature golf course. The Skyline Stage is also in Navy Pier Park, featuring top music performances from May to September.

Festival Hall
Festival Hall is the area of Navy Pier dedicated to trade shows and exhibitions. Festival Hall has over 170,000 square feet of exhibit space, 36 meeting rooms, up to 60 foot ceilings, and a full range of telecommunications and electrical needs. Festival Hall is also home to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, a display of 150 beautiful and historic stained glass.

Rides at Navy Pier are included with the purchase of a Go Chicago Card. (Buy Direct)

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