Choose from Three Options
$135 for a four-person package to the Exclusive First Look at PNC Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier on December 4 ($180 value)
- Four activity tickets
- One parking pass
- One base photo package
- $40 worth of food vouchers
$89 for four activity tickets and parking to the Exclusive First Look at PNC Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier on December 4 ($120 value)
$75 for four activity tickets to the Exclusive First Look at PNC Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier on December 4 ($100 value)
All attendees ages 3 and up must have a paid ticket to enter Winter WonderFest.
Guests receive rental ice skates for the Chicago Blackhawks indoor rink as well as access to the festival’s attractions, including 50-foot indoor ferris wheel, an inflatable bounce house shaped like a huge snowman, and a visit and photo with Santa (December only). Hours vary by day; see Winter WonderFest’s dates and hours here.
PNC Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
The PNC Winter Wonderfest transforms Navy Pier into a festive paradise with 170,000 square feet of rides, games, and winter attractions. The pinnacle of the event is the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice-skating rink, which grants visitors access to over 11,000 square feet of smooth ice to carve up to their hearts’ content. The ice rink isn’t the only lofty attraction, however—a 42-foot holiday tree dressed in sparkling lights and colorful ornaments complements the radiant lighting of a 50-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel. Adrenaline-pumping rides abound, from inflatable fun such as the Arctic Plunge inflatable slide and the Snowman bounce house to Zero Gravity, which tilts adventurous riders at a 45-degree angle. For younger visitors, a classic carousel lined with painted animals gently spins and a train chugs around a 300-foot track.
Originally part of architect Daniel Burnham's ambitious "Plan of Chicago" drafted in 1909, Navy Pier was designed to handle both recreational and freight traffic for the burgeoning metropolis. Its role quickly changed when it began serving as a barracks and training facility during two World Wars—it earned its nickname because of the more than 200 planes that littered the lake bottom around the pier, lost during exercises and sunk to intimidate fish with military technology. In the decades that followed, the pier was home to a University of Illinois campus, a convention center, and a venue for citywide festivals before falling into disuse. This ended in 1989, when the state moved to transform the venerable pier into one of Chicago's foremost attractions.
Reopened in 1995, the revamped Navy Pier boasts 50 acres of parks, restaurants, shops, and entertainment, scenically located along Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Chicago River. Other attractions include a towering IMAX screen that shows educational films and Hollywood blockbusters, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which treats audiences to bold stagings of the Bard's greatest hits. In the past year, Navy Pier has undergone significant renovation and re-imagining as well.