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Retro Rides displays dozens of classic cars at Navy Pier

Navy Pier is honored to host 90+ Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum’s (KKAM) classic cars for the inaugural “Retro Rides” experience (click here for tickets). The event takes place from February 16th – 22nd in Navy Pier’s festival hall.  Tickets start at $15 per person (Children under 3 are free).

Take part in automotive history, iconic cars and engineering marvels while listening to live music like the Buddy Rich Band (February 18th) and enjoying food and fun. The “Retro Rides” experience will wow the whole family through generations of wheeled wonderment.

Fueling car enthusiasts across the Midwest, Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum showcases some of the most stunning, historically innovative, and clever vehicles produced. Car collecting icon Larry M. Klairmont’s lifetime passion is now one of the finest educationally based public automotive museums in the region. Experience the fun and nostalgia of “Retro Rides” and its engineering excellence, auto artistry and motoring memorabilia at Chicago’s premiere showcase – Navy pier.

“Retro rides provides an opportunity for all of Chicago to experience vehicles that have revved up pop culture through innovation and futuristic technology that has changed America,” said President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “These vehicles are symbols of personal freedom, art and science. I hope that children and all guests are inspired by this collection of classics.” 

Retro Rides features:

  • 1950’s American Classics & Micro-cars
  • A Swarovski crystal-covered Rolls Royce
  • One-of-a-kind vehicles like a nickel and gold leaf 1918 Pierce Arrow
  • The Buddy Rich Band (February 18th)

“KKAM is delighted to be sharing part of its collection with all of Chicagoland at Navy Pier in the Retro Rides Experience. Our hidden gem, Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum, is hidden no more. We are open to the public and are claiming our position as one of Chicago’s finest educational museums! “said KKAM President Robert Olson.

 To set up an interview or get a sneak peek contact: Mika Stambaugh, 312-671-3040, [email protected]. For Navy Pier, Felicia Bolton (312)-605-2944 [email protected] 

Note: All artists, events and dates are subject to change.


Klairmont Kollections Automotive Museum is a 501(c)(3) 100,000 square foot educationally based museum and event space displaying 300+ vehicles ranging from the early 1900s to modern day cars. It promotes educational programming engaging youth through workshops, field trips and partnerships. All of the components taught in the STEAM models of education are supported by KKAM. It was originally founded as a private collection by Larry M. Klairmont, a proud WWII Veteran and successful Chicagoland businessman. At the KKAM the public is welcome Weds – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. There is an event space hosting weddings, events, birthday parties and other occasions. You can make a direct donation to KKAM Click Here or visit its website at


Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit

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