PNC Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

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Navy Pier becomes Chicago’s indoor winter playground with ice-skating rink, ferris wheel, spinning cocoa cups, carousel, & playland for kids

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Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for date purchased. Paid value not valid after event dates. Not valid with promo codes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

PNC Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is a gated event; all guests must purchase an activity ticket or general-admission ticket for entry. Activity tickets grant access to more rides and activities. Click here for information on tickets.

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$30 for two activity tickets for weekdays ($50 value). Choose from the following dates:

  • Valid any day from Monday, December 7–Friday, December 11
  • Valid any day from Monday, December 14–Friday, December 18
  • Valid any day from Monday, January 4–Friday, January 8

$45 for two activity tickets for weekends and holiday weekdays ($50 value). Choose from the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 20
  • Monday, December 21
  • Tuesday, December 22
  • Wednesday, December 23
  • Thursday, December 24
  • Saturday, December 26
  • Sunday, December 27
  • Monday, December 28
  • Tuesday, December 29
  • Wednesday, December 30
  • Thursday, December 31
  • Friday, January 1
  • Saturday, January 2
  • Sunday, January 3
  • Saturday, January 9
  • Sunday, January 10

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, and an inflatable bounce house shaped like a huge snowman. Hours vary by day; see PNC Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier’s dates and hours here.

See the FAQ page here. Tickets for this event can also be purchased here.

PNC Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest transforms Navy Pier into a festive paradise with rides, games, and winter attractions. The pinnacle of the event is the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice-skating rink, which grants visitors with 170,000 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.

Navy Pier

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.

Customer Reviews

We went on a very quiet day so we loved it. I've heard it can be very crowded though.
Tracy O. · August 12, 2016
We have made this a family tradition. We love taking our kids to this lovely event. So thankful they have it on Groupon since we are a larger group!
Stephanie B. · June 19, 2016
There is great things happening at the Navy Pier! If you haven't been lately, I recommend taking a trip to see it.
Lakenia R. · January 14, 2016

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