Planning Your Navy Pier Staycation

23 June 2020

Navy Pier


With Chicago’s beaches and lakefront parks still closed for now, Navy Pier is a rare gem in the city — a place where Chicagoans can still get up close and personal with Lake Michigan. While before shelter-in-place, Navy Pier was largely a tourist destination, the slow in travel means that the pier is much emptier than usual. What that means is, as we re-enter the world and appreciate parts of the city we’ve been missing, Navy Pier is the perfect place for planning your own staycation.

The pier’s indoor attractions, including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Navy Pier IMAX, remain closed, as do the Centennial Wheel and the Miller Lite Beer Garden. What is open, however, are the rolling park promenade at the entrance to the pier, the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, outdoor restaurants and various public docks. 

Open outdoor restaurants include Offshore Rooftop & Bar patio, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Billy Goat Tavern, Margaritaville and Rainbow Cone. As for the docks, boat tours have resumed at Mystic Blue, Seadog, Odyssey, Shoreline Sightseeing and Tall Ship Windy. Combined, that’s easily enough fun to fill an entire day out on the pier. Try starting out your morning at Offshore for boozy cocktails and brunch, hopping on a boat ride of your choice and closing out the day watching the sunset with a rainbow cone. 

And in your leisure, rest assured that Navy Pier is following the recommending safety guidelines, outlined on their website here