visitor information

Mel Douglas, Traver Gallery

Mel Douglas, Traver Gallery

dates and times 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 |  5 - 9 pm
Friday, November 1, 2019 | 11 am - 7 pm (10 - 11am VIP hour)
Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 11 am - 7 pm (10 - 11 am VIP hour)
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 12 - 6 pm 


Opening Night Preview + 3 Day Pass | $155 VIP (5 - 9 pm) | $80 Public (7 - 9 pm)

Opening Night VIP Preview ONLY | $70

Opening Night VIP Public ONLY | $55
General Admission | $25 

Three-Day General Admission Pass | $35
Students | $20
Seniors (65+) | $15
Tickets available at the door, online tickets available here. Cash and credit cards (Visa | MasterCard | American Express) accepted. For information on planning a group visit or group ticket rates, contact for more information. Note: High School group tickets were limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

opening night

Thursday, October 31, 2019
VIP Preview | 5 - 9 pm 
Public Preview | 7 - 9 pm
Tickets available online or at the door. Cash and credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express accepted.
A benefit for 


Festival Hall, Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


new entrance

SOFA CHICAGO takes place in Festival Halls A and B at Navy Pier. The entrance to the fair will be at the east parking garage/drop-off on ground level at Entrance 2. Cab, Uber and Lift drop-offs will also be located at Entrance 2. View map here >

Note: Wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk at the front of the Pier in Family Pavilion, at the East End Security Post, and SOFA coat checks. They are available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. ID is required. All levels of the Navy Pier complex are accessible by elevators.

Cafes on the show floor will offer coffee, spirits, sandwiches and light supper during show hours. Explore dining options within the city using

transit and parking

Shuttle Service: Courtesy shuttles will run between SOFA Chicago's Entrance 2 at Navy Pier, The Art Institue of Chicago and the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). Shuttles operate continuously from 4:30 pm Thursday with the last pick-up promptly at 9 pm.

Public Transportation: Bus and train travel information is available at Chicago Transit Authority 1.888.YOURCTA.

Taxi: Navy Pier has three taxi drop-off and pick-up points. If you like a long walk, ask your driver to be dropped at the front of the Pier. Otherwise, ask your driver to drop you at Entrance 1 or 2 on the north side of the Pier – those drop-off points are closest to SOFA.

Trolley: A free trolley runs between Navy Pier and State Street, along Grand Avenue and Illinois Street during SOFA CHICAGO general admission. Trolley service begins at 1pm runs until 7 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 2 - 6 pm on Sunday. Trolleys typically run every 20 minutes, pick-up points are indicated by 'Navy Pier Trolley Stop' signs along the route.

Car: Paid parking is available on Navy Pier. Rates and additional parking lots are listed here.

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