Category Archives: Things to do in Chicago

December calls for snow, tinsel, hot cocoa, and….cruises! Although you won’t want to take a dip in Lake Michigan this time of year, you definitely would enjoy boarding any of these holiday cruises with Mystic Blue, Spirit, and Odyssey Cruises. Starting December 1, all of these cruises offer special lunch and dinner holiday excursions filled…

Ever heard of a 5K that provides candy and cookies on the course? What about a walk or run that cheers you on with the merriest of holiday music? We know, it sounds way too good to be true—but this festive race does exist! It’s called the Santa Hustle 5K and is taking place on…

Something really amazing has come to Navy Pier IMAX, and it’s literally out of this world. Interstellar jets into our theatres tonight on November 4, and we are so excited for the 8:00 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. showings! There is only one way you should view Matthew McConaughey and his crew catapulting through space, and…

The temps may be dropping but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down over here at the Pier. In fact, activity is speeding up as runners prepare to make their way out for Chicago’s Perfect 10! Running? In November? You bet your bottom dollar. Zip up your fleece and lace up those sneakers ‘cause it’s time…

No one does Halloween quite like we do at Navy Pier. When we’re not busy running from zombies on Chicago’s only floating barge haunted house, or holding a hauntingly huge Halloween costume contest, we’re giving away lots of candy during four special nights of Halloween trick-or-treating!  We know your family has a hectic schedule, that’s…

Chicago’s only floating haunted house is “Zombie Containment,” an all-new “Fear” experience and barge of the undead, brought to you by Zombie Army Productions, the creators of The Fear at Navy Pier and Statesville Haunted Prison. A zombie outbreak has struck the nation! Hired by the Government, Merikorp Industries is studying the zombie disease to…

Trick-or-treating, haunted houses, costume contests—you name it and we’ve got it at the Pier this month.  There’s something for everyone, making Navy Pier the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Seadog Haunted Tours Learn about Chicago’s eerie past on a Seadog Haunted Tour. Accompanied by your costumed tour guide, experience the city’s frights and sights!  Don’t…

Discover toys, games, and play like never before at Navy Pier this November! ChiTAG (pronounced SHY-Tag, for the uninitiated) celebrates innovation and play, bringing together game and toy entrepreneurs to the public and media with “Chicago Toy & Game Week,” running from November 20th through the 23rd. This unique experience offers an in-depth look at…

Kermit the Frog lamented it’s not easy being green. America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, Green Festival, begs to differ by embracing eco-friendly lifestyle solutions. The event has been hosted in major cities around the country for 13 years and makes its return to Navy Pier from October 24-26. Green Festival features…

If you’ve been thinking about traveling around the globe just to see the world’s best sculptures, objects, functional art and design, you no longer have to. This November, the world’s foremost Sculptures Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA CHICAGO) is back and happening right here in the great city of Chicago at Navy Pier on…