Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s top points of interest located on the Lake Michigan shoreline northeast of the city center. Although the summer truly fires it up and attracts countless visitors, Navy Pier offers year-round events and activities for all age groups. With all the shops, bars, and restaurants, you’ll enjoy any season on the Pier, and we’ll help you get there without any hassle! Discover all Navy Pier parking options on-site and in the vicinity, hourly parking rates, and discounted alternatives. Use our tips to create the best travel plan and have a stress-free day on the Pier!
Where To Park at Navy Pier, Chicago
The Pier has two garage parking facilities on-site—West Garage and East Garage—which offer 1,500 covered parking spaces in total. They are accessible from East Grand Avenue and provide free EV charging stations. The East Garage has a 7’9” maximum clearance, so it’s more suitable for oversized vehicles since the West Garage’s clearance is 6’3”.
Including these two garages, you have several excellent options in the neighborhood, and we’ll provide information about each.
- Navy Pier West Garage
- Navy Pier East Garage
- Valet Parking Service
- Remote Parking Garages
Street parking is also available in the area but is usually hard to find. Visitors who come across an available spot can pay for metered parking using coins or credit and debit cards.
How Much Is Parking at Navy Pier Garages?
Both garages along E. Grand Ave. have the same short-term rates that start at $16. See below to discover the Navy Pier parking price based on the duration of your stay.
Valet Parking at Navy Pier
If you wish to speed up the process, we suggest taking advantage of the valet service, available at Entrance 2. It’s just past the West Navy Pier parking garage, and you can get a great price if you validate parking at Lirica, Harry Caray’s, or Offshore; note that a minimum purchase of $25 is required.
Here are the valet rates with Navy Pier parking validation.
If you’re staying at the Sable Hotel and opt for this service, the overnight parking cost will be $69.
Discounted Parking Near Navy Pier
Free parking isn’t available in the area, but there are a few budget-friendly options if you want to lower your expenses. You can get a Navy Pier parking discount in four garages in the neighborhood, and all you have to do is head to the Pier Guest Services Desk to request validation. The list below shows all the locations and discounted rates.
|Additional Parking||Address||Rate With Validation|
|Ogden Plaza Self Park||300 E. North Water St.||$15|
|Cityfront Place Parking Garage||400 N. McClurg Ct.||$15|
|Grand Plaza Park||540 N. State St.||$15|
|Millennium Park Garage||5 S. Columbus Dr.||$13|
Note that validation allows 12 hours of parking.
ADA parking spots are available near the entrances of both West and East Garages; a standard Navy Pier parking fee applies. When it comes to public parking near Navy Pier, all big garages offer a limited number of ADA stalls. For more information about other features and accessibility at Navy Pier, check out the Guest Services & Accessibility page.
Alternative Transportation to the Pier
Navy Pier is accessible via public transit, an excellent alternative to parking if you live in Chicago or plan to stay in a city hotel. Several CTA bus lines stop at the Pier daily—2, 29, 65, 66, and 124—and the standard bus fare is only $2.25. Another option is provided by Big Bus Sightseeing Tours; these buses pick up and drop off near the front entrance and serve all city’s landmarks. This is an ideal option for tourists who want to check out all the attractions. If you decide to request Uber or Lyft or grab a cab, see the pick-up/drop-off points on the Navy Pier map below.
Additional Tips & Information for Visitors
Here are a few tips and other relevant info to help you plan your trip and save time or money.
- Budget-conscious visitors who want to cut costs should look for a Navy Pier parking coupon online or check out the Groupon deals.
- If you’re staying in a hotel in downtown Chicago or Magnificent Mile, taking a walk to the Pier is the best way to avoid expensive parking.
- Navy Pier opens at 11 AM every day except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- No admission fee is required to enter the Pier, while some attractions have admission prices, and you can buy tickets online or on-site.
- All visitors must present proof of vaccination or proof of exemption; if you have an exemption, be sure to bring a negative COVID-19 test.
Should you need any help, reach out to the staff at one of the Guest Services kiosks, located at the front of the Pier and near West Garage Door 1 or Door 5.
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Our team works hard to provide drivers across the country with reliable and up-to-date car parking information. We cover countless major venues and popular attractions nationwide, including Chicago’s points of interest. In addition to Navy Pier parking availability, city residents and visitors can use our help to learn more about the following locations.
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Field Museum
- Willis Tower
- John Hancock Center
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Shedd Aquarium
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