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Parking and Directions

Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed discounted indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages two hours prior to each performance. 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.

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.

 

Taxis

Before the Show:
If you are arriving via taxi, direct your driver down the north side of Navy Pier and request a drop-off at the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance at the RIVA turnaround (Entrance 1, about halfway down the Pier). Enter through the doors and turn right to reach the Theater.

After the Show:
Taxis pick-ups are available at the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance at the RIVA turnaround (Entrance 1). To reach the RIVA turnaround, turn left at the foot of the Theater stairs and proceed down the hall past Tiny Tavern.

 

Rideshare

Rideshare users with Uber and Lyft are encouraged to make use of Navy Pier’s designated rideshare pick-up and drop-off areas:

  • Front (N Streeter Dr)
  • Middle (parking circle)
  • Back (parking circle)

Before the Show:
Direct your driver down the north side of Navy Pier and request a drop-off at the Middle Rideshare location at the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance at the RIVA turnaround (Entrance 1, about halfway down the Pier). Enter through the doors and turn right to reach the Theater.

After the Show:
Select a pickup from the Middle Rideshare location at the RIVA Turnaround. To reach the turnaround, turn left (east) at the foot of the Theater stairs and proceed down the hall past Tiny Tavern. 

 

Bus Service

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:

  • #2 Hyde Park Express (Rush Hours, M-F)
  • #29 State
  • #65 Grand
  • #66 Chicago
  • #124 Navy Pier Express

All buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA accessible. For more information, visit www.transitchicago.com or call 312.836.7000.

 

Navy Pier Free Trolley (Seasonal)

The Navy Pier free trolley operates seasonally and during select special events. Please visit Navy Pier's website for route map details on their newly expanded service.

 

Water Taxi (Seasonal)

Shoreline Water Taxi service begins in May and runs through September, with additional service throughout the fall and for special events. All taxi service is weather dependent. There are two water taxi routes that both access Navy Pier: Lake and River. Visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 1-312-222-9328 for more information.

 

   

 

 

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