Enjoy a beach day at Navy Pier’s new free art installation

Already feeling those winter blues? Grab your shades and escape reality with this “sea” of balls.

“The Beach Chicago” opens at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom on Jan. 19 with a free interactive art experience. More than a million white plastic balls will fill the ballroom—along with umbrellas, deck chairs and other outdoor decor items—to recreate the ultimate beach day. 

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The touring installation created by New York-based designers Snarkitecture is free and open to the public. So brave the cold this winter and don’t miss your chance to jump into this playful ball pit before it leaves Chicago on Feb. 3. 

If you’re looking for more ideas to avoid cabin fever, check out our complete list of the best indoor play places for your kiddos.


If you go

“The Beach Chicago”

Navy Pier, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Jan. 19 to Feb. 3

Free admission

Find more information at navypier.org


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