IPS ASP Chicago 2016

NAVY PIER

We are excited for you to see and explore all that Navy Pier has to offer. Below, find some of the restaurants, shopping opportunities, and attractions available on Navy Pier.

Navy Pier originally opened as a shipping and recreational facility in 1916. Located on Lake Michigan, it has served many purposes throughout its rich history and currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.

Navy Pier also boasts many rides, attractions, and restaurants that you can experience during the conference.

RESTAURANTS

Food Court Restaurants (these are inexpensive, quick options)

RestaurantFood
America’s Dog Hot dogs! A Chicago tradition – ask locals if they have it with ketchup or not!
Auntie Anne’s Large soft pretzels and lemonade
Completely Nuts Roasted Cinnamon Almonds, Cashews, Pecans and Peanuts
Garrett Popcorn Shops A Chicago Tradition – try the Chicago mix of cheese and caramel popcorn!
Greek Delight Gyros, Greek salads, pork and chicken kabobs
Jamba Juice Smoothies, fresh-squeezed juice, baked goods
McDonald’s Fast food
Ryba’s Fudge Shop Fresh fudge made daily
Starbucks Coffee, tea, pastries
Twisted Lizard Southwestern/Mexican, vegetarian options
XurroChurros, funnel cakes, crepes, and Mexican street-style corn on the cob


Order and Sit Restaurants (slightly more expensive than the food court, but equally quick)


RestaurantFoodLocation
Billy Goat Tavern Burgers, American South side of Navy Pier
Ben & Jerry'sGourmet ice creamSouth side of Navy Pier
Big Bowl Chinese Express Thai and Chinese Southeast side of Navy Pier
Frankie’s Pizza by the SlicePizza Southeast side of Navy Pier
Goddess and the BakerCoffee, pastries, sweets, sandwiches, salads and gelatoEast End of Navy Pier
Porkchop BBQSouthern comfort food and barbecueSouth side of Navy Pier
Chango Loco Mexican Next to Crystal Garden
Miller Lite Beer Garden Imports, microbrews, domestic beers East End of Navy Pier


Table Service Restaurants (these are restaurants where you sit and order from a menu; not as quick or convenient as the food court, and slightly more expensive)



RestaurantFoodLocation
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Seafood, family-friendly 700 E Grand Ave, Suite 131
Chango Loco Mexican Next to Crystal Garden
Giordano'sChicago-style pizza (stuffed and thin crust)East side of Navy Pier near main entrance
Harry Caray's TavernSandwiches, salads, etcNear main entrance
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Burgers, seafood, margaritas 700 E Grand Ave, #118
Riva Crab House Fresh seafood, steak, pastas 700 E Grand Ave

Navy Pier also has a variety of options to keep you busy!

If you like shopping, or need something to bring home, there are numerous options:

Apparel and Accessories, Chicago Souvenirs, Gifts and Collectibles, International, Toys and Games, Convenience and Candy

Navy Pier is a great place for arts and entertainment, if you have some extra time, check out:

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Children’s Museum, Landshark Beer Garden, Navy Pier IMAX Theatre, Pepsi Skyline Stage, Sculpture and Art, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show (2016 dates not yet announced).

Navy Pier is home to numerous rides and attractions

Rides

Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Mini Golf, Remote Control Boats, Light Tower Ride

Amazing Chicago

Located in the middle of Navy Pier near WBEZ studios, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze is Chicago’s only self-paced, full sensory maze experience where you navigate your way through 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Interactive games, informative narration and a good sense of direction will help you find your way out and bring the history of Chicago to life! Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze has entertained over 1.5 million guests from around the world. You should be next!

Crystal Gardens

The Crystal Gardens is a beautiful indoor, one‐acre, botanical garden. This six‐story glass atrium with a 50-foot arched ceiling holds over 80 live palm trees, lush foliage, hanging twinkle lights and dancing leapfrog fountains. The Crystal Gardens, offering beautiful views of the lakefront, Chicago skyline and Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, is located just steps from the main entrance from Navy Pier on the second level.  

Polk Bros Park

Chicago’s legendary Polk family made a $20 million legacy gift to Navy Pier, which will contribute to the dramatic transformation of the Pier and specifically to Polk Bros Park.

Navy Pier provides a tremendous public asset to the people and families of Chicago. Conceived as the “people’s pier” in Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, approximately 65 percent of its nine million annual visitors come from throughout the Chicagoland area. In anticipation of Navy Pier’s centennial in 2016, the Pier is undergoing a dramatic redevelopment to update its features and amenities. The multi-year effort, which began in fall 2013, will transform Navy Pier’s 50 acres of premier urban waterfront into a spectacular, global destination and treasure for Chicagoans and visitors.

Strolling the Pier

Travel editors and visitors alike have acclaimed the pedestrian south dock of Navy Pier as one of the best boardwalks in America. At 2,000 feet long, the south dock runs west to east and is connected to the Pier, inviting you to experience the activities and attractions that dot its path.

A few highlights from this promenade include Navy Pier’s 150-foot-high Ferris Wheel and amusement rides in Pier Park, dining and sightseeing cruise boats, the Landshark Beer Garden and, of course, Lake Michigan.

As part of The Centennial Vision for Navy Pier, recent and ongoing improvements made to the south dock have included new paving stones, tree groves and native plantings as well as a green infrastructure for the Pier’s stormwater management system. Access to the lake and lakefront views, big sky and the Chicago skyline are all within your line of sight from the south dock.

We hope that you enjoy your time exploring everything that Navy Pier and Chicago have to offer!

DIRECTIONS FROM THE SHERATON HOTEL TO NAVY PIER

You have several options to travel from the Sheraton Hotel to Navy Pier (07.miles/1.1 km).

  • Taxi: this will be a short ride, and will likely cost around $6-$7, including tip.
    • Note: In Chicago, it is customary to tip taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
       
  • Bus (8 minutes):
    • Walk to the intersection of Illinois and Columbus. Take the #29 or the #66 towards Navy Pier.
    • Or, walk to the intersection of Columbus and North Water, and take the #124 towards Navy Pier.
       
  • Walk (15 minutes):
    • Head west on E North Water St toward N Park Dr
    • Turn right onto N Park Dr
    • Turn right onto E Illinois St
    • Turn left onto Lower North Lake Shore Dr
    • Turn right onto E Grand Ave
    • Turn right, and you’re there!

DIRECTIONS FROM THE HYATT REGENCY TO NAVY PIER

You have several options to travel from the Hyatt Regency to Navy Pier (1 mile /1.6 km).

  • Taxi: this will be a short ride, and will likely cost around $8-$9, including tip.
    • Note: In Chicago, it is customary to tip taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
       
  • Bus (8 minutes):
    • Walk to the intersection of Illinois (lower) and Michigan Ave. Take the #29 or the #65 towards Navy Pier.
       
  • Walk (15 minutes):
    • Head east on E Upper Wacker Dr
    • Turn left onto N Columbus Dr and cross the Chicago River
    • Turn right onto E Illinois St
    • Turn left onto Lower North Lake Shore Dr
    • Turn right onto E Grand Ave
    • Turn right, and you’re there!

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