Navy Pier is 3,300 feet long and is located on the near north side of Chicago on Lake Michigan.  It is now a major tourist attraction in Chicago and house restaurants, shops, cruise tours, family attractions and event spaces.  It was opened in July 1916 and initially named the “Municipal Pier” and its purpose was a docking station for freights and cargo as well as an event space for expos and pageants.  Interestingly, in 1918, Navy Pier was used as a jail to house draft dodgers of World War I.  In 1941 it became a training center for the Navy for World War II.  In 1995 they started renovations to make the Pier what it is today.  In pop culture it was used in the movie “The Color of Money’ to represent Atlantic City.


Right next to Navy Pier walking distance is Olive Park and Oak Street beach both beautiful places to photograph your bridal party.  They are two distinct locations and provide a variety of backdrops namely the Chicago Skyline (John Hancock building) a park/greenery look and a beach photos.  Along the pier you will also find sculptures, stained glass museum, Ferris wheel and the Chicago Skyline for perfect wedding photo opportunities.  You really can’t go wrong with this location and in the summer, (End of May to early September) Navy Pier puts on a fireworks show on Wednesday and Saturday nights, so if you plan accordingly you can have your own personal fireworks show



The Crystal Gardens itself can house 100 to 1500 people for an event.  With its indoor botanical garden, 50 foot high arched ceilings and glass walls it blends the outdoor and indoor nature perfectly.  The botanical gardens have lush green foliage and over 80 palm trees to make the perfect backdrop for your first dance.   When the sunsets the twinkling string lights and dancing fountains make the perfect backdrop for an amazing wedding photo.

Crystal Gardens Navy Pier Weddings