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Inside Chicago’s Sprawling Domed Patio Bar at Navy Pier

Offshore offers views of Lake Michigan from the third floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall

Offshore opens this weekend at Navy Pier.
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Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most visited tourist attractions featuring views of Lake Michigan skyline and that giant Ferris wheel. Another attraction debuts Friday as the pier unveils a 36,000-square-foot roof deck bar on the third floor of its Festival Fall. Offshore is an enclosed all-season bar where customers can walk out for some fresh air for a new view of Chicago’s skyscrapers.

The space should open this weekend at 1000 E. Grand Avenue, according to a spokesperson. Offshore has two pool tables, fire pits, and a 100-foot bar that fits 60 stools. The windows open wide to allow the lake breeze in during warm temperatures. There’s also a 20,000-square-foot space away from the glass enclosure with its own bar.

It’s more of a bar with small plates, but there are a few hearty entrees. Take a tour through the space and check out some food and drink options below. Offshore opens on Friday.

Offshore, on the third floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, 1000 E. Grand Avenue, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday to Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. All patrons must be 21 and over.

Customers can escape the rain and snow under the glass.
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The venue is more bar than restaurant with small plates.
It’s going to be hard to eat a full meal sitting in these seats.
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There’s about 8,500 square feet under glass.
It’s supposed to feel like a boat.
Looks like VIP seats at the end of the bar.
The rug really ties the room together.
The space has two pool tables.
Walk out and get some fresh air.
Will Chicago need fire pits in June?
Will summer ever arrive in Chicago?
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It has lots of seafood like sushi, fried calamari, and a tuna salad.
This tomahawk-looking chop looks hearty.
“Secure the Bag” is like a Capri Sun, but for adults.
Plenty of patio pounders for the summer including “Aloha Felicia.”
“Beachfire Margarita” features an orchid garnish.


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