Venetian Night Chicago

Venetian Night 2022

Chicago’s Venetian Night brings the charm of the famous Venice boat parades along with decorated boats, entertainment, and a grand fireworks display at Navy Pier.

JULY 30, 2022
7-10 PM

between Franklin & Lake St – South Side of the River Walk

Originally, Venetian Night was just a part of the Chicago Lakefront festival that celebrated everything wet and wild about the city. With the Lakefront Festival eventually scrapped, the boat parade proved so popular that it lived on in Venetian Night as an established part of the Chicago festivities calendar, sponsored by the Chicago Yachting Association.

Today, Venetian Night in Chicago is the oldest event sponsored by the city. It is both named and modeled after the ever-popular boat parades in Venice which are typically a Christmas event in Venice, while the Chicago Venetian Night is a mid-summer festival.

In the Chicago version of the event, many grand boats, usually numbering 30 or more, outfit themselves in amazing light displays and various decorations to dazzle the spectators who come out to watch the impressive parade of boats go by.

In all, the various festivities of Venetian Night attract people from Chicago and the surrounding area, making it a must-see Chicago summer attraction.