It opened in 1916 as a shipping facility. Today, Navy Pier is a top Chicago recreation destination that can be accessed from Fairfield Inn & Suites easily by mass transit, a short 1 mile walk, or a complimentary shuttle sponsored by Navy Pier in the peak summer months. There is literally something for everyone, including parks, restaurants, and all kinds of cruises. You'll also find a Ferris wheel, amusement rides, a children's museum, an IMAX theatre, artwork, a beer garden, and a stage for live performances. What's more, gifts and souvenirs are in no short supply.
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Admission is free. There is a charge for some attractions and public shows.
Opens daily at 10:00 a.m. but closing time varies depending on the season.
Winter Wonderfest, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Neighborhoods of the World
Unfortunately, the amusement rides at Navy Pier's Pier Park are only open on a seasonal basis. If you're in Chicago any time between the spring and fall, you'll be able to enjoy rides like the Wave Swinger and Carousel. Please note that they will not be in operation if the weather is inclement.
When can I see the Navy Pier fireworks?
The fireworks are a summertime event. Every Wednesday and Saturday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you'll be able to experience this spectacular pyrotechnic display. Keep your eyes and ears open, however, as additional shows have been known to take place during the year.