The location of Navy Pier and the natural layout of the Chicago lakefront promises to create a stadium-like viewing environment, the ideal venue for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Fans and onlookers will experience a single-venue pit row experience and the thrill of seeing AC45 catamarans racing at speeds of up to 40 mph, while crossing the finish line seemingly at an arm’s length away.
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than 6 city blocks and welcoming more than 8 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more.
Things to Do and See
There are so many things to do at Navy Pier. Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard Entertainment Cruises or a River Tour with Shoreline Sightseeing. See what’s happening at the Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater or IMAX Theatre. From cultural attractions and seasonal celebrations to table service restaurants and outdoor seating, there is always something happening here, winter, spring, summer and fall. Navy Pier is home to some of the most exciting events including the Aon Summer Fireworks (Wednesday & Saturday nights Memorial Day – Labor Day), Tall Ships 2016, Winter WonderFest and so much more.
In 2016 Navy Pier will be celebrating a major milestone – its 100th anniversary. As part of its Centennial Vision, Navy Pier is undergoing a major redevelopment featuring a new state of the art Ferris wheel, expanded Children’s Museum, a renovated Family Pavilion, and new dining and entertainment options.