Choose from Six Options
- Saturday, November 1 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
- Sunday, November 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
- Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., October 2–13
$24 for Full Scare admission for two to The Fear at Navy Pier Presents Zombie Containment, valid on a choice of three dates:
- Saturday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, November 2 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.,October 2–12
The Fear at Navy Pier presents Zombie Containment isn’t a haunted house so much as a lab. A lab full of zombies. According to its backstory, the inevitable zombie apocalypse has occurred, but it hasn’t ravaged the US as thoroughly as it could have. Merikorp Industries has played an essential part in containing the zombie outbreak that struck the nation. Now, in the aftermath of the national outbreak, Merikorp has led the way in safe disposal of the undead, furthering understanding of the infection, and eventually discovering a vaccine to keep citizens safe. In the interest of full transparency, Merikorp is opening its Zombie Containment Research Facilities for public tours. This fall, visitors can see firsthand how the undead are being held, studied and disposed of.
Visitors can experience this haunted attraction in two ways—a lights on, low-scare daytime experience or a full-scare, lights-off nighttime experience. The zombies won’t touch, but they can certainly scare, which is why kids 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at the nighttime experience. For more information, see the FAQs.
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.