How to get to the festival?

The festival grounds are located at the South and North Side Beer Gardens of Navy Pier (toward the far east end)…


Located at 600 E. Grand Avenue, Navy Pier is easily accessible via car or public transportation. Visit us today and discover more than 50 acres of parks, attractions, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and so much more. 

The East and West indoor parking garages located on Navy Pier, which can accommodate 1,500 vehicles, are open and easily accessible from Illinois Street and Lake Shore Drive. 


Navy Pier’s two on-site parking garages, West Garage and East Garage, can accommodate a total of 1,500 vehicles. The Pier offers complementary electric vehicle charging stations in both the East and West garages. 

Oversized trucks and vans are recommended to park in the East Garage with a maximum height clearance of 7’9”. The West Garage clearance is 6’3”. All vehicles are subject to search. Cars parked illegally on Navy Pier will be issued citations. 

  • 0-1 hours | $18 
  • 1-2 hours | $32 
  • 2-5 hours | $37 
  • 5-12 hours | $45 
  • 12-24 hours | $55 

You have 30 minutes to exit the garage after your payment is made. Lost tickets result in paying the maximum daily rate. 


Metra commuter rail is a convenient travel alternative. Take Metra and then transfer to CTA buses to come directly to Navy Pier. Use CTA bus #124 from Union/Ogilvie Stations and Millennium Station and CTA bus #29 from LaSalle Street Station and Millennium Station. Visit to plan your trip. 


The CTA provides five bus lines serving Navy Pier daily. These are #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier (serving Metra lines from Millennium Station, Ogilvie and Union Stations) and #2 Hyde Park Express (during weekday morning and evening rush hours only). All buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA accessible. For more information, call the CTA at 1-888-968-7282 or visit 


The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) serves the Chicagoland region and provides a variety of different routes directly to Navy Pier. The RTA trip planner makes it easy to use CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains with real-time next bus and next train travel information. Visit for all the latest transit information and to access the RTA trip planner to find the best way to Navy Pier. 

Uber & Lyft

Rideshare users with Uber and Lyft are encouraged to make use of Navy Pier’s designated rideshare pick-up and drop-off areas, located at the main entrance of Navy Pier (west), Mid. Parking Circle (central), and East Parking Circle (east). See your preferred rideshare app for additional information. 


Navy Pier has three convenient taxi drop-off and pick-up points. One is at the west end of Navy Pier, serving Dock Street and the Family Pavilion. At the mid-point, Entrance 1 serves the west end of Festival Hall, RIVA, and WBEZ Radio. Entrance 2 serves the east end of Festival Hall, the Grand Ballroom and the Navy Pier Beer Garden. 


Big Bus Sightseeing Tours stop and pick up near Navy Pier’s front entrance. Capture Chicago’s iconic sights with Big Bus Tours. Our open-top sightseeing buses grant you exceptional views of the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions. Click here for more information. 


Experience Chicago in a whole new way with Divvy, Chicago’s bike share system. With 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across Chicagoland, Divvy is a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around.  

Become an Annual Member or buy a 24-Hour Pass from a Divvy station kiosk or Transit App to get started. Then, find an available bike nearby, and get a ride code or use or member key to unlock it. Take as many short rides as you want while your pass or membership is active. When you’re finished, return your bike to any station, and wait for the green light on the dock to make sure it’s locked.  

Navy Pier’s Divvy station and kiosk is located in Polk Bros Park, on the northwest corner of Streeter and Grand. 24-Hour passes can be purchased here or at any Divvy kiosk. 


Shoreline Water Taxis offer a scenic, fast and fun way to get to your destination. 

Shoreline Water Taxi service begins in May and runs through September with additional service throughout the fall and for special events. All taxi service is weather dependent. There are two water taxi routes: Lake and River. The Lake Route connects Navy Pier with the Museum Campus and is within walking distance of Soldier Field and Northerly Island. The River Route runs between Navy Pier and Willis Tower/Union Station. Visit or call 1-312-222-9328 for more information.  

Shoreline Sightseeing offers two water taxi routes, and if you’re looking to make the trip between Navy Pier and Union Station, you’ll want the River Route, with both a direct route to our Navy Pier Polk Bros Park dock as well as one that stops at Michigan Avenue so you can take care of any shopping first. 



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