Twice weekly throughout the summer, beginning on May 23 and lasting through September 5, the sky turns into an explosion of color, light and sound with these dazzling fireworks displays synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The Navy Pier fireworks are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. Admission is free. Be sure to check the schedule for additional shows added throughout the year. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier!
Navy Pier is a not-for-profit originally opened as a shipping and recreational facility in 1916. Located on Lake Michigan, it has served many purposes throughout its rich history and currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.
Navy Pier is located between Illinois and Grand Avenue at 600 E. Grand Avenue, and opens daily at 10 a.m. An estimated 8.9 million people visited Navy Pier in 2013, making it the most visited attraction in Illinois and the Midwest.
Navy Pier, Inc. was established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and the top-visited leisure destination in the Midwest. Looking ahead to Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary in 2016, NPI created The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. Grounded in the noble principles of its founding designers, The Centennial Vision adds a visionary and contemporary lens for the future.
NPI’s mission to be a world-class public place that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round. NPI manages Navy Pier within a business framework that provides for its long-term financial stability. While looking forward to what is relevant for Chicagoans today, NPI leadership is ever conscious of famed architect Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction – a source of pride and common ground that fosters a sense of community within the city’s diverse population. NPI’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and visitors from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.
Navy Pier typically allows leashed dogs in outdoor common areas only, unless signs dictate otherwise. Only service animals are permitted inside Navy Pier. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. There are no stroller rentals at this time. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel operates year-round and weather permitting. The Ferris Wheel is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is not fully enclosed or heated. The amusement rides in Pier Park open spring through fall, weather permitting. Opening dates for the year will be posted on Navy Pier’s website and through our social media channels.