Navy Pier is getting into gear for the summer season with 15 weeks of special programming. Here are the highlights:
Fireworks are back
The Aon Summer Fireworks return to Navy Pier Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, The 10-minute firework display synchronized to music take place every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m.
This year, there will be a number of special soundtracks to accompany fireworks, including traditional patriotic music for the Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Miller Lite; Latin music for the new music festival, LatiNxt presented by Sol, on June 16; house music in celebration of Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines on June 23; and soul music for the new music festival,Chi-Soul Music Fest, on June 30.
Live on the Lake!
Navy Pier's free music series, Live on the Lake! kickis off on Friday, May 25 enjoy the sights and sounds of Live on the Lake! in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Enjoy a wide selection of entertainment, food, MillerCoors products and more, Live on the Lake!
The series (from Memorial Day through Labor Day) features classic blues performances, courtesy of Buddy Guy’s Legends every Wednesday. On Thursdays, move and groove to different styles of music at Pier Dance, led by some of the city’s top dance instructors. Fridays and Saturdays feature various genres of music each week – from country and pop, to R&B and rock – while Sundays spotlight reggae and other international music. With an eclectic mix of musical offerings, this year’s Live on the Lake! series is sure to entertain guests as top local artists – such as the JC Brooks Band, Sixteen Candles, Tinsley Ellis and more – hit the Miller Lite Beer Garden stage. Click here to view the full schedule.
Wave Wall Wax
New this year, Navy Pier guests will be treated to live DJ music at the Wave Wall Platform on the South Dock every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Enjoy different genres of music by Chicago’s top spin masters while taking in unparalleled views of the iconic Chicago skyline and serene Lake Michigan from the center of the Pier. The DJ lineup includes premier local talent, including Sadie Woods, Rae Chardonnay, Jesse de la Pena, Steve “Miggedy” Maestro and more. Click here to view the full lineup.
These series are just a few of many free arts and cultural programs offered at the Pier this season and beyond. See below for the full listing of Navy Pier’s summer programming. Events are subject to change.
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