Our mission: Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.
Navy Pier is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and one of the top-visited leisure and cultural destinations in the world.
In anticipation of the Pier’s 100th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, Navy Pier created The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. Grounded in the noble principles of its founding designers, The Centennial Vision adds a visionary and contemporary lens for the future.
Navy Pier’s mission is to be a world-class public place that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round. Navy Pier manages Navy Pier within a business framework that provides for its long-term financial stability.
While looking forward to what is relevant for Chicagoans today, Navy Pier leadership is ever conscious of famed architect Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction – a source of pride and common ground that fosters a sense of community within the city’s diverse population.
Navy Pier’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and visitors from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.
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Historic Navy Pier is among the most visited destinations in the world. Since its reopening in 1995, the Pier has welcomed over 186 million guests, including a record-breaking 9.3 million guests in 2016.
Navy Pier has enjoyed a remarkable evolution. Originally designed for shipping and recreational purposes, the facility has evolved into a premiere entertainment and exposition center. Experience an interactive timeline of Navy Pier’s history at 100yearsofpier.com.
Watch WTTW’s documentary, Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.
William J. Brodsky
Cedar Street Asset Management
CIBC Bank USA
Michelle L. Collins
Sarah Nava Garvey
Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier
Lisa Konik Aronin
Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
Berle R. Blitstein
Crown Polycon International
Douglas R. Brown
Devon C. Bruce
Powers, Rogers & Smith
Bucksbaum Retail Properties LLP
Consulate General of the Dominican Republic
Gery J. Chico
Chico & Nunes
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cboe Global Markets
Cultural Advisory Council/Former Chairman, Steppenwolf Theater
Patrick F. Daly
The Daly Group
Marilynn Kelly Gardner
President and CEO
Sandra P. Guthman
Chair, Board of Directors
Polk Bros. Foundation
Brett J. Hart
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/EVP & General Counsel, United Airlines
Dean M. Harrison
President and CEO
Northwestern Memorial HeathCare
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
Roger J. Kiley, Jr.
Board Member, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/Attorney, Roger J. Kiley, Jr. Law
Bowline Group, LLC.
Donna La Pietra
Charles R. Matthews
President & CEO
Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas
Michael G. O’Rourke
Chicago Transit Authority, Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs, Rush University Medical Center
Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations
James R. Reilly
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Planning Council
Senior Vice President
John R. Schmidt
Founder & CEO
Jennifer W. Steans
President & CEO
Financial Investments Corporation
Emily Heisley Stoeckel
Chairman of the Board
The Heico Companies and Heico Holding
Michael A. Toolis
Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US Central), Stantec
The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago
Syreeta Harris Strickland
Director, Investment Banking Marketing
Associate, Public Finance
The Joyce Foundation
Grant Park Global
B2B Communications Specialist
Vice President, Asset Management
American Realty Advisors
Senior Member & Corporate Relations
Illinois Restaurant Association
Lead Marketing Communications
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Regional Account Executive
Director of Research, Power & Gas
BKZ Consulting, Inc.
Market Development Manager
Vice President, Hedge Fund Services
Chico & Nunes
Associate Director, Civic Engagement
University of Chicago
Private Wealth Advisor
Sales Manager, Residency Verticals
Aon Risk Solutions
The Humanity Institute
Director, Research Analytics
The Marketing Arm
Senior Manager, Destination Marketing
Chicago Match Race Center
Commercial Banking Associate
Fifth Third Bank
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Associate, Government & Global Trade
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
Director Cultural Planning
Navy Pier’s annual donor list includes individuals, corporations and foundations that generously support the Pier’s organizational, physical and programmatic transformation.
If you want to know what business opportunities are available, please visit the Navy Pier website regarding contracting opportunities. NPI encourages minority and women-owned enterprises to seek business opportunities at Navy Pier. Find more information here.