The Great American Lobster Fest
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend!
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL
12:00 PM (FRI) - 9:00 PM (SUN)
Location: Navy Pier
Address: 600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 773 - 469 - 4658


The Great American Lobster Fest is THIS Labor Day Weekend on Navy Pier! Join us on the festival grounds or select from online ticket packages still available for sale!

We are proudly the Midwest's largest Seafood Festival, where patrons can enjoy live lobster feasting - flown in fresh from the east coast, live music performances, family friendly activities, unique shopping, and cold beverages. This year's festival will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - capping off the summer with a three day, long-weekend event and Navy Pier's final firework show of the season Saturday night...what's not to love!?  

Pre-purchasing an advance Lobster Meal is strongly suggested, as day-of whole lobster boils will be limited and sold at "market price".  Guests are encouraged to take advantage of our discounted pre-sale meal options which also include admission into the Aon Grand Ballroom for additional seating, air conditioning, indoor restrooms, and Exclusive Musical Performances throughout each day and night. 



What's Happening // What's New for 2017:

-Lobster Meal ticket holders will have exclusive areas for meal pick-up, separate from all other day-of food purchase tents. There will also be a private redemption and seating area for VIP ticket holders.  

-Our live lobster will be flown in fresh from the east coast, courtesy of The New England Seafood Company - Catering & Events.  Additionally, the fest will feature a vast array of seafood selections, non-seafood related items, more exciting food vendors, snacks, sweets, and vegetarian options. 

-The VIP Experience will take place within the festival grounds as well as second floor balcony of the Aon Grand Ballroom; and include privileged seating, ordering, viewing, and party areas. Plus an exclusive food and whiskey tasting experience from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm daily! 

-Musical Performances will be featured on both indoor and outdoor stages, including this year's Headliners inside the Aon Grand Ballroom, with other performances & entertainment as well. 



Advance Lobster Meal Orders Will Include:
-Choice of  Full Steamed Lobster (1.25 pounds) or Lobster Roll.  All served with Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, Dinner Roll, Fresh Cut Lemons, & Melted Butter.  Plus General Admission into the Aon Grand Ballroom to enjoy all indoor amenities & main stage acts.

There are a LIMITED number of VIP tickets available, which include:
- One Lobster Meal option redeemable at your private VIP Meal Pick-up.
- 6 Drink Vouchers which may be used for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or select food samples. 
- Exclusive Access to VIP Bars and Order Lines within the festival grounds.  
- Exclusive Access to VIP Balcony in the Aon Grand Ballroom for additional restrooms, viewing, seating, and new VIP food tasting experience from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm daily!  Plus exclusive whiskey tasting, courtesy of Larceny Bourbon, also from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:00 - 7:00pm daily. 
- Exclusive Access to VIP Entertainment Areas with special viewing and seating privileges.

 Must be at least 21 years of age to consume Alcohol.  VIP drink selections are subject to availability. 

Festival reserves the right to close entry gates for any and all day-of guests (should there be capacity concerns by Navy Pier). Advance ticket holders will still be granted access with guaranteed entry. 


There are many ways to "Lobster Fest"...  For Information on the Lobster Hero Feast, please click here. 

All Tickets are sold separately and non-transferable.  Please Note: Meal redemption closes at 9pm each night. You must redeem your meal token and lobster entrée before this time. There are no refunds or exchanges for missing the meal redemption cut off time.


IMPORTANT:  Guests must have a pre-ordered meal option or grand ballroom ticket to see musical performances inside the Aon Grand Ballroom at the fest.  Pre-Sale Lobster Orders may expire at any time.  Remaining orders will then be available at festival food tents each day of the fest.  Children under 6 years old may enter the Aon Grand Ballroom accompanied by an adult free of charge.  Must be 21 to consume alcohol; Valid ID Required. Drink selections are subject to availability.  Festival reserves the right to refuse service for any patron at festival discretion. Festival is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.  Customers consuming alcohol and festival food is at their own risk.  Festival is not responsible for any illness or allergy related issues regarding consumption of shell fish or any other food and beverage served at The Great American Lobster Fest.

TICKET SALES ARE FINAL — no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations on purchased tickets. No refunds or exchanges in case of cancellation due to weather, natural catastrophe or any other event beyond the control of the festival.


Special Instructions: ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. You will receive a printable hard copy ticket with unique bar-code at the completion of your online order. PLEASE PRINT ALL TICKETS AND BRING WITH YOU. All tickets purchased online will be redeemed at the festival grounds (located at the east end of Navy Pier). The Great American Lobster Fest works in collaboration with Redeye Chicago, and by purchasing a ticket to this event you consent to receiving the free Redeye Eat.Drink.Do. newsletter which you can opt out of at any time.