Navy Pier
Amusement & Theme ParksPiers & Boardwalks
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 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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  • Beachcomb_33
    Eaton, Ohio723 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check It Out!
    It's worth checking out at least once. There are tons of shops and restaurants inside. Great views of the city outside and, of course, the famous ferris wheel. Good place to just take some time and explore.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2023
  • 2BEis2SKI
    Charlotte, North Carolina1,389 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just walked it, didn't eat
    As a scenic spot, it's a nice stopover. We were walking the waterfront and walked down to the end. Never went inside. Great views of the city facing back west. There's not really any point in walking all the way to the end.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Eva
    Bothell, Washington171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic landmark with amazing views of Chicago!
    I remember coming to Navy Pier when I first moved to Chicago in 1997. I used to visit if often, just to sit by the water, trying new restaurants that opened and take all my out of town guests to experience it. It was always a treat. This time I took my daughter for the first time and suffice to say, she loved it! It’s easy to navigate, very organized and even with the crowed, it didn’t feel as busy as some other tourist attractions which was very pleasant. Great shops that helped get some fun memorabilia. You know it was memorable when she’s asked about it days later.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago Icon!!
    Located right on Lake Michigan the Navy Pier is one of Chicago's iconic places. On my visit it was a hot day, so the scene was crowded, outdoor dining areas were full, the boat tours were buzzing, just a good day to walk and enjoy the buzz. This place has something for every one, a kids museum, a small park with rides, restaurants that are full service, fast food, and street style, countless boat tours, and a few other attractions. This is great place to meet up with friends, grab a drink, enjoy a salsa concert, watch boats pass by, and see the many views of the Chicago skyline. I really my visit to the Navy Pier, and will be stopping by on my next visit to Chicago.
    Visited August 2022
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Ashley P
    Winnipeg, Canada541 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk along a Great Lake
    Lots to see and do as you walk along one of the Great Lakes. Lots of snack/food options as well. Restaurants have bars set up along the walk if you want to grab a beverage for your stroll.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 10, 2023
  • 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
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Tom C
    Oregon72 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 May 26, 2023
  • Guide20608346169
    6 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Dave F
    Shotton, United Kingdom188 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 June 10, 2023
  • DeanneB969
    Littleton, Colorado74 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
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Arthur P
Leawood, KS1,382 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 October 30, 2021
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Laurie K
West Seneca, NY701 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 November 11, 2021
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Jazzykins87
Snellville, GA132 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 January 5, 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 July 8, 2020
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Sameer S
Chennai (Madras), India713 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 January 20, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,062 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 August 4, 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 March 14, 2020
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,607 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 July 6, 2021
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Fl&GaHubbyandPops
Lawrenceville, GA44 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 August 3, 2020
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Kenny S
322 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 October 24, 2021
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