Whether you’re heading to Navy Pier for a show or for a tour of its historic architecture, Bus.com can help you plan your group transportation. We’ll hook you up with the Chicago bus company that can best accommodate your needs. Use our easy online booking tool to start your trip planning.
Navy Pier has been the home of many of Chicago’s most important institutions, but today it hosts a variety of cultural events that attract millions of visitors every year. At times, it’s family-friendly, and other times it’s a total party. Enjoy the Winter Wonderfest, a fireworks show, an open-air movie, or the magnificent Centennial Wheel.
Before the pier was the festive destination it is today, it was a U.S. Navy training grounds and mess hall. Then it became part of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. After the Navy and the University vacated, the pier fell into disuse from 1966 until about 1995, when it was given new life as an events venue. Over the last 20 years, Navy Pier has become a vibrant home to arts and culture.
Why charter a bus to visit Navy Pier
There are parking lots near Navy Pier, but it’s such a popular destination that those lots are often full. Have a Chicago charter bus drop you off at the Pier and pick you up at the end of the day. You can organize an itinerary with multiple stops including airport pick-up, hotel drop-off, and stops at all your favorite Chicago must-sees. We recommend renting a coach bus. They have extra amenities like wifi, air conditioning, and on-board restrooms that make long trips more comfortable.
Navy Pier is the easternmost point of Streeterville, an area named after “Captain” George
Willington Streeter (whose Captain-ness is very much in dispute). Today this coastal corner of Streeterville offers a lot to explore. It’s part industrial park and part natural wonderland. Right next to Navy Pier, jutting out into Lake Michigan, is the Jardine Water Purification Plant. This plant purifies the water for all of Chicago and is the largest plant of its kind. Contrasting this massive industrial structure are the natural spaces that surround the entrance to Navy Pier. There’s the Ohio Street Beach, Milton Lee Olive Park, Jane Addams Memorial Park, and Polk Bros Park. A concert or sporting event might have attracted you to the area, but be sure to take some time to discover the secrets of Streeterville.
History-rich architectural stunners can be found in Chicago at every street corner, and are enough to awe both its visitors and locals alike. Top that off with an incomparable food scene, intense sports culture, world-class museums, strong musical heritage, and Chicago is bound to have something to please everyone traveling with you!