Navy Pier is a popular Chicago tourist attraction on Lake Michigan at 600 East Grand Avenue. In addition to food, entertainment, rides and boat cruises, you’ll also find the Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater here.

See below for transit directions and commute options.

Things to Know

  • Walking time is about 20 minutes from the closest CTA station, but there’s a free trolley from the station to the pier between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • The Lakefront Trail also connects with Navy Pier, making biking a good option.
  • Between May and September, the Shoreline water taxi travels between Navy Pier and Willis Tower and between Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium/Adler Planetarium as an fun and easy way to visit multiple area attractions.

CTA Directions

Navy Pier is closest to the Grand (Red) Station on the CTA red line. From the station, walk east on Grand Avenue, which is against one-way traffic, for 20 minutes.

Navy Pier Trolley

The Navy Pier Trolley is a free service from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Signs are posted marking the trolley stops (view trolley map). One is on State Street near the Grand (Red) Station and Rock Bottom Brewery or board on Illinois Street.


Divvy Bikes are available on Grand as you walk toward Navy Pier, about a block from the station on the left. There’s a dock on Illinois Street near Navy Pier, but it can get crowded with bikes on nice days. A second dock is just north of the pier along the lakefront trail.


A CTA fare machine is next to the Navy Pier Food Hall restrooms if you need to purchase fare or add fare to your Ventra card. If you’re hungry, don’t miss Chicago-style pizza at Giordano’s.

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