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On behalf of the entire Navy Pier team, I want to convey my deepest gratitude to our cultural partners, civic leaders, funders, artists across all disciplines, and most of all you—our beloved audiences—for making the first Chicago Live Again! performing arts festival such a great success.   

What better place than the People’s Pier to reunite artists, both onstage and backstage, with live audiences?

I am so proud of the way that so many of the city’s most significant institutions, brightest marquee names, and emerging talents pulled together so quickly and seamlessly to support each other—sharing artistry, know-how, and joy—to celebrate the long-awaited reopening of Chicago’s stages.

Same time next year?

All the best,

Marilynn Gardner

There were amazing performances...



There were spectacular fireworks...



And together, we gave Chicago's performing arts scene the "welcome back" it deserves!

Thank you to everyone who made Chicago LIVE Again! a success. Onstage, backstage, in the audience—you celebrated performing arts the way it deserved.


There’s nothing like the awe-inspiring feeling of the lights going down and the collective excitement as the show begins. Chicago’s theatre community has been eagerly waiting to welcome you back to the theatre. Experience Chicago’s fearless soul once again.


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Why Chicago LIVE Again! was important

On the eve of Chicago LIVE Again!Craig Carlson, International Vice-President International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees shared his thoughts on why the event was so significant.

"Chicago LIVE Again! is much more than a weekend of top-rate entertainment. It’s a meaningful declaration that the darkness [of the pandemic] ends now."


Chicago LIVE Again! was made possible through the generous support of


About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

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.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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