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  Name: Wang Quan Act: Comedy Bowl Kicker Age: 29 Experience: 20 years Favorite Chicago Activity: Six Flags Favorite Things: Reading, playing pool, watching American TV shows Wang Quan, the Comedy Bowl Kicker, has studied acrobatics for 20 years, been involved with Cirque Shanghai since its inception, and traveled to Chicago with the troupe for…

If you’ve visited Navy Pier this summer (and if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?), you will have noticed that the Pier is undergoing major construction for The Centennial Vision, a reimagining of Navy Pier to mark its 100th anniversary in 2016. These renovations will allow Navy Pier to offer more evening and…

Navy Pier will be hosting the 8th annual Independent Garden Center Show in beautiful Festival Hall on August 19-21. This unique event is open to all garden center owners, managers, and buyers. It offers an exclusive opportunity for those in the trade to familiarize themselves with the newest products and retail strategies. The event includes…

Navy Pier has been a must-do Chicago destination since 1916, so you may need a refresher course on everything we have to offer. With exhibits and shows constantly changing, you might not even be aware of all there is to do at the Pier. Get ready, because Navy Pier’s attractions are abundant and full of…

by Tony Abruscato, Director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show What is your garden yielding for you this month? Besides cut flowers, savory herbs and delicious, fresh fruits and veggies, it may be stirring up memories of your cultural heritage and helping your family connect with nature. I recently met with Ben Helphand, executive…

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The Great American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier, Chicago’s first outdoor festival of its kind, is fast approaching! With plenty of sunshine, live entertainment and, of course, mouth-watering lobster flown in fresh from Boston, we’ll provide the perfect setting to end your summer with a bang! Lobster pre-orders will be open for submission through August…

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There’s no better way to spend a summer day in Chicago than on the water! Luckily, Navy Pier has a variety of cruises for all boat-lovers in the area. Peruse your cruisin’ options, grab your crew, and get on deck! If you like soakin’ up the sun while on a boat, we have plenty of…

Ever wonder what goes on beyond the curtains? See Cirque Shanghai from a new angle with these behind-the-scenes performance photos. There are many elements that go into a grand show such as this,  and a lot of those efforts are unseen by the audience.  It’s busier than you think off in the wings—these warriors have…

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Movie buffs rejoice! There are a handful of highly-anticipated movies premiering over the course of the next few months and IMAX at Navy Pier is prepared to bring them all to you! Home to Chicago’s largest flat movie screen – soaring as high as six stories – Navy Pier IMAX is undoubtedly the best place…

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Looking for a fun place to eat, drink, and socialize with friends and family? Navy Pier offers a wide range of dishes at its various restaurants—you’re sure to find something that pleases your palate. From Italian food to seafood, the restaurants of Navy Pier offer delicious grub with an impressive view! Experience Chicago with a…