This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Here is a link to the Navy Pier webpage:

Navy Pier

Here is a link to a map:

Navy Pier Map.pdf

Here is a link to an interactive map:

Navy Pier Interactive Map

 aerial view of Navy Pier

Visit Navy Pier - Hours

Navy Pier is open year-round* and hours vary depending on the season. Following are general vendor hours for these seasons (subject to change):

Current Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight

Summer (Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight

Fall (Tuesday following Labor Day through October)
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Winter (November 1 - March 31)
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Spring (April 1 - The Thursday before Memorial Day)
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

* Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25


List of restaurants: (All will open up a new page)

Billy Goat Tavern | Bubba Gump | Capi's Italian Kitchen | Dock Street Cafe
Haagen-Dazs | Harry Caray's | Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Bar & Grill | Riva / Riva Cafe


Dining at Navy Pier - Food Court

Following is a list of our food court patrons, providing a variety of tastes to please everyone's palate:

America's Dog - Choose from 13 savory versions of the hotdog, including the Boston (bean) dog, the Houston (chili) dog and, of course, the Chicago (all toppings) dog.

Auntie Anne's - Auntie Anne's mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection in full view of customers. Its freshly baked, hand-rolled soft pretzels come in a variety of flavors from Cinnamon Sugar to Sour Cream & Onion, all with a pretzel perfect guarantee. Auntie Anne's also serves Pretzel Stix, Pretzel Dogs, Pepperoni Pretzel, and its signature lemonade, along with a selection of dipping sauces to complement every pretzel flavor. Contact Telephone: 312-595-5557.

Ben & Jerry's - Treat your taste buds to great ice cream in generous portions with favorite flavors such as Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

Carnelli's Deli - Featuring creative gourmet sandwiches, pasta salads and Mama's chicken noodle soup, the deli also offers a health conscious menu and favorites for kids.

Connie's Pizza - Visitors can create a 7' personal mini pizza. The menu also includes homemade soups, salads and pastas.

Garrett Popcorn Shops - A Chicago tradition for 60 years, handmade fresh every day, one batch at a time, using only the highest quality ingredients. For more information call 888-4-popcorn (888-476-7267) or click here

Greek Delight - Get a taste of the Mediterranean with gyros sandwiches, Greek salads, pork and chicken kabobs and tasty baklava for dessert.

Jamba Juice - Jamba Juice® is the leading blender of fruit and other naturally healthy ingredients, including the company's signature fruit smoothies such as Strawberries Wild® and Five-Fruit Frenzy®. Made with 100% real fruits and fruit juices, these natural, freshly blended-to-order fruit smoothies provide three-to-five of the daily-recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and are available in a variety of sizes and options to accommodate every activity level and diet objective. Contact Telephone: 312-595-5557.

King Wah Express - Direct from Chicago's Chinatown, King Wah provides favorites such as sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, pot stickers, egg rolls and fortune cookies.

McDonald's The Future - Visit the most exciting and unique McDonald's in the Chicagoland area. This 7,500-square-foot restaurant features hourly laser light shows, videos and electronic gadgets to fascinate children of all ages. A retail store is also available, selling McDonald's novelty items and easy-wear clothing. For more information, please call 312-832-1640.

Starbucks - Starbucks Coffee offers its many varieties of coffee and fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, along with its wide variety of pastries, and a great selection of coffee-related accessories and equipment. Starbucks at Navy Pier can be reached at 312-595-5502.

Twisted Lizard - Enjoy moderately priced southwestern and Mexican cuisine such as burritos, tacos and salads.


Dining at Navy Pier - Seasonal

Late Spring through early Fall, Dock Street food vendors and the Navy Pier Beer Garden are additional dining options available to you.

Chango Loco
A delightful Mexican cantina, Chango Loco is a fiesta of great food at budget-pleasing prices presented in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Choose from an array of Mexican favorites including nachos, tacos and carne asada - all served by a friendly, efficient staff. Chango Loco will also be overflowing with specialty drinks, which include the pink senora and the Sauza Cosmopolitan to name a few. Of course, margaritas, daiquiris and cervezas will be pouring as well. Change Logo is nestled next to Navy Pier's Crystal Garden so patrons can also enjoy terrific views of the Pier and city skyline.

For more information, call 312-595-5434.

Dock Street Vendors
Bike Chicago
Churro Factory
Country Corn
Taylor Street Trolley (frozen lemonade, ice cream)
America's Dog
Dippin Dots
Completely Nuts
East West Camera (Pier Park)
Kiddie Train Express (moves to South Arcade in October)
Grayline Sightseeing
Ben & Jerry's
Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier
The Landshark Beer Garden on the East End of Navy Pier is a great place to unwind and enjoy Chicago's lakefront while listening to live music five nights a week. Headlined by its signature, Landshark Lager, the beverage menu includes imports, microbrews and domestic beers, as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks. The walk-up window features favorite summer foods like pizza, brats and burgers. (Seasonal)

Click here for more information and the music schedule.


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