Weddings, Parties and Special Events at Navy Pier

Are you planning a party or event in Chicago? Have you considered Navy Pier as a possible venue? Well, you probably should and we’ll tell you why…

Historic Navy Pier is a spectacular venue for events of all types and sizes. With two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms, the Grand Ballroom and Rooftop, Navy Pier has the flexibility to accommodate many types of events.

Centrally located on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, Navy Pier offers the best views of the Chicago skyline. If you are looking for a unique venue for your special event or top-level customer service for your meeting or trade show, Navy Pier is the place!

Navy Pier offers:

• 170,100 square feet of exhibition space

• 44,000 square feet of adjacent meeting room space

• 18,150 square foot ballroom with 80′ domed ceilings and panoramic views

• Tented rooftop space with views of Lake Michigan, the Skyline and the Navy Pier fireworks

• Centrally located near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Loop


By offering a wide range of services and amenities at Chicago’s historic lakefront landmark, Navy Pier provides the ideal setting for your special event.

Every event has its own goals and objectives as well as operation requirements. We have divided the types of events into several categories for you, to help you maximize the resources available during the planning process.

The following is a brief description of each event:


Social / Private Events
Navy Pier welcomes private events! We have the facilities and services to host social or charitable galas as well as community events.
Gathering industry leaders to discuss issues and educate each other is the focus of a convention. No matter your industry, we can accommodate groups up to 8,000.
Trade expositions are the backbone of an open marketplace. Showcase your products at Navy Pier where we specialize in small to mid-size trade shows
Consumer Events
Navy Pier has been host to some of the top consumer shows in the marketplace. As the number one tourist attraction in the Midwest, we have the ability to draw large crowds to your event.
Meetings are an important vehicle for communication, and whether you are planning a board, team or management meeting, we have the facilities to help make your meeting dynamic.
Promotional / Marketing Events
Navy Pier has public space available for promotional events. Promote your product to the general public at the Midwest’s number one tourist attraction.

What about weddings at Navy Pier?

And, Yes! Navy Pier has five unique spaces available for weddings so let your wedding planner know to consider Navy Pier for your special day.
Navy Pier’s Historic Grand Ballroom, with its incredible 80-foot domed ceiling and unparalleled views, can accommodate up to 1,100 seats on the main floor and an additional 300 in the balcony area.
Lakeview Terrace is a larger, loft-type space with magnificent views. This room can seat up to 450 seats.
The Rooftop Tent is an ideal setting for an outdoor wedding from May through October. The tent has seating for up to 200 guests, and the Rooftop has space for an additional 700 guests.
Rooms 328 and 329 are ideal for smaller receptions (up to 120 seats) and have beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the city Skyline.
The Crystal Gardens is an indoor, one-acre botanical garden with a six-story atrium. The Crystal Gardens is managed by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants.

Please call Navy Pier Sales Department’s general number at 312-595-5300 to make an appointment or for more information.

4 Responses to Wedding, Party or Event Planning at Navy Pier
  1. Michelle Stover
    October 15, 2012 | 7:26 pm


    My name is Michelle and my fiance and I are interested in having our wedding ceremony and reception at Navy Pier. Will you please contact me via email with more information. We would like to have our wedding in May 2013.

    Thank you.

    Michelle Stover

  2. Stefani Willis
    December 27, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Hi my name is Stefani Willis and I am currently a sophomore at Western Illinois University majoring in Hospitality. I was wondering if you were hiring any interns for the summer? I am from Roselle (a north western suburb of Chicago) and I am able to meet/come in for an interview over any weekends over the next couple of months! Though I am done with school around the first week of May, I wanted to get a head start, and hopefully have an internship lined up as soon as possible. Please let me know of any info you may have, also if you would like for me to send my resume in, and/ or fill out an application.
    Thank you!
    Stefani Willis

    • Navy Pier
      January 2, 2013 | 9:25 am

      Hi Stefani! Thanks for your interest. Feel free to submit your resume here: Thanks!

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