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COVID-19 Updates

3.31.20 UPDATE

Earlier today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the extension of the statewide “stay-at-home” order and Chicago Public Schools closure, respectively, through Thursday, April 30. As a result, Navy Pier is also extending its closure through Thursday, April 30 based on the revised city and state guidelines and to continue to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. Please note, this date may change again as the situation remains fluid and we continue to follow the guidance of our local government and public health officials. As always, we will notify you immediately as decisions are made.

We recognize that this global health crisis has required us all to make unprecedented sacrifices and take such aggressive measures to protect the safety and well-being of our community, and we continue to empathize with the challenges and hardships the ongoing pandemic has caused everyone. Lives over livelihoods is not a choice any of us expected to have to make. However, Navy Pier remains committed to prioritizing the health and safety of its staff, partners and guests—today and always. To that end, we join Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot in encouraging everyone to stay home and save lives. By doing so, we will arrive sooner to the point of re-opening our doors and welcoming our beloved community back to a vibrant and thriving Pier. Until then, we continue to walk through this storm with you, hand in hand, and we remain grateful for your unwavering support, patience, dedication and partnership. We are in this together.


Official 2020 Statement

As concerns related to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to rise across the nation, Navy Pier is maintaining regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chicago Public Health and other appropriate local authorities to closely monitor the status of the outbreak, especially in the Chicagoland area.

As always, the safety and well-being of Navy Pier staff, partners and guests is our top priority. We continue to encourage all to remain vigilant and take standard health precautions, such as consistent hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, covering coughs and sneezes, and following other routine hygiene protocols.

While Navy Pier’s standard cleaning procedures are always thorough, our staff has increased attention on the disinfection of high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevators/escalators and bathrooms, following recommendations from the CDC and local authorities. As an additional measure, 21 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed across the Pier and can be located here.

Those who are ill or experiencing influenza-like symptoms are advised to stay home and away from public spaces. If you believe you or someone you know may have COVID-19 and/or are exhibiting symptoms, please contact your health care provider to make arrangements for an assessment.

Navy Pier will continue to closely monitor the situation, so that we can quickly make adjustments should the CDC or local authorities recommend different or amended procedures and precautionary measures. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website or Chicago Public Health website.


During this time of uncertainty, we want to remind you that we’ll get through this together! We are lighting up the Centennial Wheel everyday with messages of encouragement. Join us in sharing photos and inspirational words on social using #PierInspiration for a chance to be featured on our page. 


You can help make a difference during this time of public closures by purchasing a gift card to participating Pier Partners.

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You can also support our small business Pier Partners in various digital ways.

Learn how


The Let Go by Nick Cave (postponed)


Download the status calendar of Navy Pier’s East End Events. 


Download Navy Pier’s COVID-19 Cleaning and Sanitation Measures.

Navy Pier also offers more than 20 designated hand sanitizer locations on the Pier. Download the map.

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