Chicago's Navy Pier offers 3,000 feet of fun for all ages, stretching from the city shore out over Lake Michigan. Located in the Streeterville area of Chicago, you can choose from a great selection of vacation rentals near Navy Pier, and easily spend ample time enjoying the pier's shows and attractions.
Navy Pier Park
Thrill-seekers and younger kids alike gravitate to Pier Park's rides. There are great views to be had from the Centennial Wheel. The littlest ones in your family can take a more sedate spin on the old-fashioned carousel.
Navy Pier Education and Entertainment
A highlight for families on the pier is the Chicago Children's Museum, where kids can enjoy hands-on exhibits relating to science and history.
Nave Pier Summers
In nice weather, the Navy Pier beer garden is a favorite destination, offering great views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Free to Visit
Navy Pier itself is free to visit, though do be aware that most of the rides and attractions charge admission fees. The pier opens at 10am daily, and closing time depends on the season; closing time is later in summer or when there are special events on, such as the New Year's fireworks.
Getting to the Pier
There is paid parking available in one of the pier's two large garages, or take the #124 or #29 buses from Union Station and Millennium Station. Navy Pier also has its own free trolley service, which runs on special occasions, picking up visitors en route from State Street.
Navy Pier Curfew
Dogs are allowed on a leash, and most of Navy Pier is wheelchair accessible; there is even a wheelchair rental service if needed. If you are traveling with children, please note that under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and that over-18s may be asked for ID.