Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages at a 40% discount. When parking says "full," simply tell Navy Pier Security that you're "here for Shakespeare," and continue to the Theater's dedicated parking entrance. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater's dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.
Special Parking Rates This Winter: From November 1 to March 23, Navy Pier is offering a special $10 parking rate for visitors arriving after 5:00 p.m. Patrons arriving before that time will still receive CST’s 40% discount off the regular Navy Pier rates.
After your show, pay with cash or credit card at the Parking Pay Station on Level One near Door 5, or pay with a credit card at the exit. There are no cashiers at the exit.
Currently, construction of Phase One of the re-imagined Navy Pier is underway. We apologize for any inconvenience and assure you that you will have direct access to the Theater and our dedicated garage parking. Please do not hesitate to call Guest Services (312.595.5600) if you have any questions.
- CST patrons who drive and park: You will continue to have access to the Theater‘s dedicated parking and Chicago Shakespeare directly through Door # 5 in the West Garage during the first phase of the Pier development.
- CST patrons who arrive by foot or CTA: From the front of Navy Pier, you can gain access to a fabricated walkway which has been built inside the West Garage.
As it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016, Navy Pier is set to embark on a journey that culminates in its reimagining as an iconic attraction—reconnecting Chicago to its Lake, to culture and to spectacle.
Before departing for the Theater, view the local traffic resources available online.
From the north:
East on I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) to Ohio Street. East on Ohio. Right on Fairbanks/Columbus Drive. Left on Illinois Street, driving east to Navy Pier. Or, south on Lake Shore Drive to Grand Avenue/ Illinois Street exit. Left on Illinois (2nd light), driving east to Navy Pier.
From the south:
West on I-90/94 (Dan Ryan to Kennedy Expressway) to Ohio Street. East on Ohio. Right on Fairbanks/ Columbus Drive. Left on Illinois Street, driving east to Navy Pier. Or, north on Lake Shore Drive to Grand Avenue/Illinois Street exit. Right on Illinois (1st light) to Navy Pier.
From the west:
East on I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway). Continue east (expressway ends) on Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Left on Columbus to Illinois Street. Right on Illinois, driving east to Navy Pier.
The Chicago Transportation Authority website provides detailed instructions on how to use public transit to travel to Navy Pier. The following routes access Navy Pier:
- #29 State Street
- #65 Grand Avenue
- #66 Chicago Avenue
- #120 Northwestern/Wacker Express (Rush Hours, M-F)
- #121 Union/Wacker Express (Rush Hours, M-F)
- #124 Navy Pier Express
For more information on public transportation routes and schedules, call the RTA at 312.836.7000.
During the summer months, a free trolley service runs between Navy Pier and State Street along Grand Avenue and Illinois Street. Trolleys typically run every 20 minutes. Pick-up points are indicated by "Navy Pier Trolley Stop" signs posted along the route. Visit Navy Pier’s website for more information.
From May 15 through May 27, daily trolley hours are Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
From May 27 through Labor Day (September 6, 2010), daily trolley hours are Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 midnight.
After Labor Day, the trolleys no longer operate except on Special Event Days.