Navy Pier Will Host Free Concerts and Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer

We know the cancelations keep coming and they don’t stop coming, but today, we’re excited to announce something that is still happening in Chicago: Navy Pier Summer Programming. Every year, Navy Pier brings with it a solid slew of summer events and activities good for folks wanting to have a good time or to bring the whole family along for some solid fun.

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Earlier this summer, parts of Navy Pier opened back up to the public, allowing guests to once again dine at restaurants, enjoy some drinks on the rooftop at Offshore, and take a spin on the Centennial Wheel. Masks and social distancing practices were implemented at the partial opening of Navy Pier attractions; it should come as no surprise that the same guidelines and safety measures will be in place for Navy Pier’s summer programming.


What to Expect

Those attending the summer lineup of Navy Pier concerts and showings should expect a limited capacity that’s smaller from the usual crowds these events draw, given that guests will be required to wear a face mask and keep that crucial six-foot distance from other groups of guests. As with many locations and venues that are trying to make their spaces as safe as possible for patrons, Navy Pier has installed multiple hand sanitizing stations around the venue and is implementing increased rounds of sanitation of surfaces and areas that are more frequently touched and traversed by guests. Like other high-traffic areas in the city, such as the Lakefront Trail, guests can also expect to see social-distancing ambassadors peppered throughout the venue to ensure all visitors are maintaining a safe distance from other parties.

Fitness Programs

For those wanting to get their body moving after all the sitting at home we’ve done, Wave Wall Wax will be a weekly DJ series happening every Saturday until the end of August at the Wave Wall Platform. Catch the beats from 5 pm to 7 pm for the evening spins.


If you need more burn than just dancing the evening away, the Summer Fitness Series is where you need to be. Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 7 pm in Polk Bros Park brings attendees a Rush Hour Workout, including a mix of boxing, barre, HIIT, and sculpting yoga. After a brief 30-minute rest, Sunset Yoga runs for an hour from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Free Navy Pier Concerts

For music lovers, there’s plenty of concerts to enjoy at Navy Pier this summer. Live on the Lake! is the weekly music series featuring local and regional live acts Saturday from 2 pm to 11 pm on Saturday and 2 pm to 8 pm on Sunday in the Miller Lite Beer Garden all the way through September 7th.


July 24th and 25th are the dates for the LatiNxt Music Festival from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm and will celebrate the Latinx music community in Chicago.

At the end of Navy Pier’s cultural programming lineup, the Chi-Soul fest will take place on September 18th and 19th.


Family Fun

And for some certified family fun, Water Flicks will feature family-friendly movies in Polk Bros Park Monday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from July 6th to August 24th.

Wiggleworms, with support from the Old Town School of Folk Music, will feature a children’s music series with performers to entertain the little ones on Friday mornings from 10 am to 11 am from July 10th to August 21st.


For a full list of all the amazing events Navy Pier is offering, head to their website.



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