Dock Street Shops and Billy Goat Tavern
Grab an ice cream at Haagen Dazs, wade through the crowds and browse the shops and kiosks that line the walkways and sell everything from tourist tchotchkes to clothes.
If you want something more substantial to eat, pop into Billy Goat Tavern, a Chicago icon, for a "cheezborger, cheezborger, no fries—chips, no Pepsi—Coke." This is the greasy spoon made famous by John Belushi's "Saturday Night Live" parody. This Navy Pier outpost is much cleaner than the grungy Billy Goat original that still operates on lower Michigan Avenue serving beer and cheezborgers to a nightly array of characters, including a few hard-boiled Chicago journalists.
If you're a Shakespeare fan and happen to be at Navy Pier when the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is performing, take in a show. This Chicago troupe is nationally recognized for the quality and innovation of its performances. During the summer there are family and kid-oriented productions as well.
If you prefer free entertainment, look for performers at the outdoor Dock Street Stage.