August 10, 2015

Visiting Chicago’s Navy Pier

things to do at navy pier

If you’re planning on joining us for our Chicago CME conference this month, take advantage of some of the wonderful things Chicago has to offer while you’re in town, like the Navy Pier! With 26 miles of lakefront area, there’s no shortage of lakeside destinations in Chicago. If you’re looking to spend some time near the water, we know you’ll love spending it on Navy Pier.

Whether rain, wind or shine, there are always things to do at Navy Pier. From seasonal attractions, temporary public exhibitions and special events in addition to the permanent fixtures that make up the Pier, you’ll never find a shortage of activities here.

Chicago Children’s Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum is packed with activities children of all ages will want to dive right into. The museum offers year-round activities including a tinkering lab, dino expeditions, a treehouse and climbing area as well as crafts and fun waterways that let your child explore the nature of water with pulleys, wheels and pipes. The museum offers free admission all day to children 15 and younger and waives all admission fees on the first Sunday of every month. So let your inner kid out and explore the possibilities!

IMAX Theater
If you’re looking for a bit more adventure without the hassle of buying traveler’s insurance, check out Navy Pier’s own IMAX theater. Situated directly across from the Children’s Museum, the theater is comprised of a six-story screen as well as exceptional digital surround sound and acoustics that will make you feel as if you were actually there. Whether sci-fi or documentary, the IMAX provides you with a realistic, one-of-a-kind experience you won’t soon forget.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
If you’re looking for entertainment that’s a bit more down to earth, you’ll appreciate the Shakespeare Theater. Also located on the Pier, the Theater boasts a leading international company dedicated to the production of new works, classics and family programming. The Theater holds about 650 performances throughout the season, including Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, and has been the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

LandShark Beer Garden
If all you really want to do is grab a drink, unwind and enjoy the beautiful Chicago skyline, head down to the LandShark Beer Garden, where live music is featured Wednesdays through Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Garden charges no cover, and great food like brats soaked in LandShark Lager is served here seven days a week.

What are some Navy Pier attractions you’d like to share with your fellow CME vacationists? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!

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