Sing and Dance Along to Movies with Music at Navy Pier’s 2nd Annual Water Flicks

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic year-round destination, has teamed up with Chicago International Film Festival and Broadway in Chicago to present the 2nd annual Water Flicks, a free, 10-week movie series offered at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, against the backdrop of serene Lake Michigan at sunset. Every Monday from June 18 through August 20, the Pier will show a different music-themed movie, starting at 7 p.m. As part of this year’s “sing-along summer” theme, guests are encouraged to belt out and bust a move to the famous tunes featured within the flicks. Free popcorn will be available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX at AMC.

A special treat to movie-goers this summer, Navy Pier will host a free, live performance by the cast of Heartbreak Hotel ahead of the Viva Las Vegas screening on July 30. Get ready to “shake, rattle and roll” as Broadway in Chicago co-presents a medley of Elvis’ early hits as featured in Heartbreak Hotel – the prequel to Chicago’s record-setting musical, Million Dollar Quartet – providing the perfect opening act for the movie at 7 p.m.

See below for the full Water Flicks schedule and film roster:

June 18

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

July 23


June 25

Get on Up

July 30

Viva Las Vegas

*Special performance by Heartbreak Hotel prior to film

July 2


August 6


July 9

Pitch Perfect

August 13

The Wedding Singer

July 16

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

August 20


While at Navy Pier for Water Flicks, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Water Flicks is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe.

For more information, visit or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

PHOTOS: Water Flicks | Credit: James Richards IV Photography / Navy Pier

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family PavilionPeoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

Navy Pier Mission Statement

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.