The festival grounds will be located at the East End Plaza and Aon Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier (all the way at end of the pier). Easily accessible by public transportation, Navy Pier is at 600 E. Grand Avenue. Click here for a Navy Pier visitor map.
We recommend using public transportation to get to the fest as parking will be limited at Navy Pier.
600 E. Grand Avenue. Chicago, IL
Public transportation offers visitors an affordable and convenient way to get to Navy Pier. It is also the recommended means of travel to and from Navy Pier.
By City Bus
The CTA provides five bus lines with more than 200 buses serving Navy Pier daily. These are #29 State St, #65 Grand Ave., #66 Chicago Ave., and the #124 Navy Pier (serving METRA lines, Millennium Park/Randolph St., Ogilvie and Union Stations). All buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA accessible. For more information, call the CTA at (312) 836-7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.
By Sightseeing Bus
Three sightseeing bus lines stop and pick up at Navy Pier's front entrance. They include American Sightseeing and Gray Line Chicago, (312) 251-3100/3107; and Chicago Trolley Company, (312) 663-0260.
By Ride Share or Taxi
Navy Pier has three convenient taxi drop-off and pick-up points. The one that gets you closest to fest (at the end of the pier, is ENTRANCE 2 - ask driver to take you all the way to the end of the pier! PLEASE NOTE: if the pier is busy it may be faster and cheaper to just get dropped off and walk to the end of the pier) Another one is at the west end of Navy Pier, serving Dock Street and the Family Pavilion. And if you want to walk the pier before coming into the fest, use Entrance 1 right at the front gates of the pier!
Metra commuter rail is a convenient travel alternative. On weekends and select holidays, up to 3 children under 12 travel free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. The CTA's #124 bus provides convenient and direct service from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station to Navy Pier. For Metra fare and schedule information visit www.metrarail.com, or call 312.836.7000.
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 www.rtachicago.org for all the latest transit information and to access the RTA trip planner to find the best way to Navy Pier.
[Water Taxi] In the summer months, Shoreline Sightseeing operates several 42-seat water taxi boats between Navy Pier and the Museum Campus. In addition, a Shoreline Shuttle taxi service operates between the Pier and the Loop (near Willis Tower and Adams Street) via the Chicago River. Daily shuttle service operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All-day taxi passes and special group rates are available. For more information, call (312) 222-9328.