Holidays in Navy Pier

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Navy Pier showing a sunset and rides

A waterfront entertainment strip with fun diversions for both young and old, with shops, restaurants and even a Ferris wheel.

Well over eight million visitors flock to Navy Pier every year, whiling away the Chicago days in the parks, shops and restaurants gathered on this expansive corner of Lake Michigan. The pier is open throughout the year, but it peaks in the summer when you can visit the open-air souvenir stalls and watch the weekly firework shows.

First built nearly a hundred years ago in 1916 as a dock for passenger ships and a store house for freight vessels, the pier used to be home to a theatre, dance hall and dining rooms offering entertainment to visitors. During the Second World War, it was taken over by the US Navy, and it wasn’t until 1995 that the site was redesigned and ultimately reopened as an entertainment venue.

As soon as you arrive on the pier, you can’t help but notice the towering Ferris wheel, which offers scintillating views across Lake Michigan and over the Chicago cityscape. Take a seven minute ride at night when the wheel is lit up for a captivating view of Chicago. Meanwhile, if you’re visiting the pier with family, there’s so much to do, with a musical carousel, traditional swing ride, a mini-golf course and remote control boats. The Chicago Children’s Museum is always a big hit with kids, with fun and games spread across several floors.

The pier is also home to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, a 440-seat IMAX cinema, and other performance stages. You can head there to catch a circus show at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, and even get to visit Santa in the run up to Christmas over at the Family Pavilion Stage.

The pier is easy to explore on foot, or for a different view you can rent a bike or even roller skates to get around. Take one of the many boat tours on offer on the lake, from dinner cruises and private charters to an architectural tour of central Chicago.

If you find yourself looking for refreshments you’ll be spoilt for choice, with restaurants around the pier as well as a food court in the Family Pavilion. In the kiosks and shops dotted around the place, you can buy souvenirs, toys and much more. For a relaxed end to the day, head to the Landshark Beer Garden to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan. It is an ideal spot to watch the fireworks shows on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer. Perfect for all the family.

2428 Cheap Hotels Near Navy Pier

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$163 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Located in River North, this romantic hotel is steps away from Chinese Consulate and State Street. Michigan Avenue and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,972 reviews)
"Customer service was amazing and around the clock. Great room and overall service."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$167 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chicago Theatre, Michigan Avenue, and Chicago Riverwalk. Grant Park and Millennium Park ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,932 reviews)
"The hotel had modern amenities but maintained the charm and character of the original building. LondonHouse is extremely well located and convenient for shopping, dinning, and sightseeing."

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
900 E Grand, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$182 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is steps away from Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. Chicago Riverwalk and Grant Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (421 reviews)
"I didn’t like that my room was at the dock so the docked boats obstructed my view but other then that it was amazing"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Top Navy Pier Hotel & Accommodation Deals

The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$119 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
The Whitehall Hotel
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$167 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$163 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
900 E Grand, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$182 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$161 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Loews Chicago Hotel
Loews Chicago Hotel
4.5 out of 5
455 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$195 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Loews Chicago Hotel
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$208 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$181 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk
3 out of 5
66 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL
The price is AU$171 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk
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