Chicago's Pier Park, a summer amusement park on Navy Pier, opens for the season today, May 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Although the new Centennial Wheel (opened May 2016) runs year round, the rest of the park is only open seasonally.
Pier Park offers a variety of activities for all ages including a climbing wall that opened summer 2016.
The 24-foot wall is small compared to many other city climbing walls including the large wall at Maggie Daley Park making it a good choice for first-timers.
In addition, its small size and careful attention to safety allowing only three climbers to hang out on the wall at one time, makes the wall kid-friendly--as long as the climbers are at least 40lbs and no more than 250lbs.
Another fun ride is the Carousel. Perfect for grandma, grandpa and even the baby--the wheel is a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier's golden age of the 1920s.
Here is a list of the rides and ticket prices:
- Centennial Wheel (standard child ticket $12, standard adult ticket $15 with special pricing for groups along with a $50 experience to ride in a glass bottom gondola)
- Pepsi Wave Swinger® ($8 per person)
- Climbing Wall ($8 per person--for one climb up the wall, lasting up to three minutes)
- Carousel ($5)
- Light Tower Ride ($5)
- Remote Control Boats ($2 per boat)
Pier Park is centrally located on the the second level of the pier about 1/3 of the way from the front of the pier--just head for the wheel which can be seen for miles, on a clear day.
Pier Park Hours:
- May 8 – May 25: Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Memorial Day Weekend: May 26 – May 28: 10 a.m. – Midnight; May 29 – May 31: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- June 1 – September 2: Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – Midnight.
Trolley. The free trolley runs Memorial Day through Labor Day and during select special events. It runs between Navy Pier and State Street, traveling east on Illinois and west on Grand and stopping at designated points along the route including the Art Institute of Chicago. Click here for map.
Water Taxi. Arrive by water on a Shoreline Water Taxi.
CTA. The CTA provides five buses that serve Navy Pier daily. These are #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier (from Union/Ogilvie Stations) and the #2 Hyde Park Express (during weekday rush hours only).
By car. There is parking at the pier, but it fills up fast especially on a summer weekend and is expensive. There are also parking lots along Grand. Click here for parking options.
Additional ticket information and further details can be found here.
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