Essential Guide to Easy Parking at Navy Pier

If you're driving to Navy Pier, these parking tips will save your sanity.

Extending half a mile into Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most popular attractions.

While the location is its biggest asset, it also makes getting there a little difficult, which means Navy Pier parking can be expensive. Fortunately, there are several options from which to choose.

Find out more about this top Chicago attraction with our Complete Guide to Navy Pier

This guide will help you find parking at Navy Pier, making it easy to visit Polk Bros. Park
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Parking at Navy Pier

For the most convenient parking option, you can park on Navy Pier itself so you’ll be right there in the heart of the action. Scroll down to find out how much it costs to take advantage of one of their garages.

Is there free parking at Navy Pier? 

No. There is no free parking at Navy Pier.

The swings at the park at Navy Pier

Parking Garages at Navy Pier

There are two garages on Navy Pier:

The West Garage is closer to the restaurants and the majority of the attractions.

The East Garage is more convenient if you’re going to a show at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, attending an event in the Festival Halls or in the Grand Ballroom, or taking in some live music at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

If you have an oversize vehicle you’ll need to park in the East Garage. Its 7’9″ height clearance is a foot and a half higher than the West Garage.

Navy Pier Parking Cost

Navy Pier used to have a flat day rate for parking. Now, like other parking garages in Chicago, it’s based on the length of time you’re at the pier.

  • 0-1 hours  | $16
  • 1-1.5 hours | $26
  • 1.5-2 hours | $32
  • 2-6 hours | $37 
  • 6-12 hours | $42
  • 12-24 hours | $53

Valet Parking at Navy Pier

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Dine at Harry Caray’s Tavern, Lirica, and Offshore, or stay at Sable Hotel, and you can valet your car. Just spend $25 at any of those restaurants or stay at the hotel and you can drop your car off at Entrance 2.

Navy Pier Valet Parking Rates

  • 0-4 hours  | $20
  • 4-8 hours | $35
  • 8-12 hours | $55 
  • Event Parking (12 hour limit) | $55
  • Overnight  | $69
  • Event Parking | $55

All rates subject to change.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Official Discounted Remote Alternate Parking Garages for Navy Pier

For less expensive parking, Navy Pier has partnered with four remote parking garages. Make sure you don’t pay for parking in advance! Bring your ticket to the Navy Pier Guest Services desk and they’ll validate it for you.

Cityfront Place Parking Garage, 400 N McClurg Ct

The garage is only one block south and four blocks west of Navy Pier, making it an easy walk. It’s a convenient location if you plan to take the water taxi or want to explore the Chicago Riverwalk.

Rate: $15

Grand Plaza Park, 540 N State St 

If you plan on exploring River North and the Magnificent Mile, this garage is a good option for you. It’s a good distance from Navy Pier, but the free trolley has a stop right at the corner of Grand and State. The trolley is seasonal, so if you’re visiting during the colder months you’ll want to check its schedule first.

Rate: $15

Ogden Plaza Self Park, 300 N Water St

A little closer to Navy Pier, this garage is about half a mile from the entrance. The trolley also has a close stop to this garage at Illinois St. and McClurg Court.

Rate: $15

Millennium Park Garage, 5 S. Columbus Dr

This sprawling parking garage is located under, you guessed it, Millennium Park. It’s a good place to park if you plan to explore Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Loop, or Millennium Park in addition to Navy Pier.

Rate: $13

Street Parking near Navy Pier

While you can park on the street to get to Navy Pier, it’s not recommended unless you’re only going to be there for a couple of hours.  

The hardest part is finding a spot, and then once you do it’s almost as expensive as a hotel valet.

Parking meters in Streeterville, the neighborhood adjacent to Navy Pier, costs $4.50 an hour, and that can add up quickly.

Chicago’s parking meters accept credit and debit cards as well as coins. You’ll receive a printed receipt that you put on your dashboard. If you do park on the street a better option is to download the ParkChicago app.

With this app, you can pay for your parking and if you get close to the expiration you might be able to extend your time. There’s no fee if you purchase the maximum time allowed for that meter. If you park for less than that then it will cost you $0.35 extra. Visit for more information.

Discounted Parking Services

Discounted parking services have provided alternatives to the standard parking options in Chicago. You can search and pay for your parking in advance and it’s often much cheaper than if you were to just drive up to the garage or lot.

Entering and exiting garages is often done with an app on your phone, and other spots will use your license plate number to verify your spot.

SpotHero and Parkwhiz are two of the most popular parking apps. With these apps, you can find much cheaper parking in downtown Chicago.

The further you’re willing to park from Navy Pier the less expensive parking may be. If you plan to spend a day exploring downtown Chicago then using one of these apps is a good option for parking.

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