Venetian Night Returns to Chicago's Navy Pier

Venetian Night Chicago

In 1958 the Chicago Yachting Association began an annual boat parade in Lake Michigan. Each year boats would get all decked out for Venetian Night, until 2010, when economic issues shut it down for a couple of years. The event was revitalized in 2013 at the 31st Street Harbor, and now it returns to Navy Pier.

The 55th Annual Venetian Night takes place this Saturday, September 6. Illuminated boats will take their inspiration from Broadway musicals, like Annie, Grease, Wicked, and, of course, Chicago. Spectators can vote for their favorites by posting the name of their favorite boat ant #BoatVoteNP on Twitter. The parade begins at 8:30pm (so no voting before then) and is followed by a spectacular display of fireworks.

Parking is available at Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave) for $25, or you can dine at Harry Caray's Tavern, Riva Crab House or City Porch and get valet parking for $14 for up to six hours. You can also take a free trolley from State Street until 10pm. There are also several public transportation options.

Details:

  • 55th Annual Venetian Night
  • September 6, 8:30pm
  • East end of Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave

Photo credit: Barbostick

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