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Navy Pier is an architectural gem and an engineering marvel. Sitting nearly a mile into Lake Michigan and dating back more than 100 years, “The People’s Pier” blends form and function, the old and the new, to create one of the most unique structures in the world. That makes Navy Pier the perfect place to gather and display public art and exhibitions.
As it enters its second century, Navy Pier has become a community-focused cultural district. Our eclectic array of public art and exhibitions reflects both our physical space and our philosophical mission. As the nonprofit stewards of a large, public place, we commit to present iconic, contemporary art installations and exhibitions that attract, excite and inspire our guests. We offer art that is free and accessible to all.
As part of our permanent collection, guests can find a giant letter “P” or several bronze statues in and around Polk Bros Park. Nearby, they may discover temporary, cutting-edge works by some of the city’s most innovative, new artists. Some of these displays may even be interactive.
Along the Pier’s redesigned South Dock, they also may encounter art exhibitions or artistic performances that are completely unexpected. A great example is the Navy Pier collaboration of performance art, created by contemporary artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang, as part of the EXPO CHICAGO 2017 festivities.
Guests may choose to attend annual art events, such as SOFA CHICAGO. This show always offers a stunning collection of sculpture, objects, functional art and design. Some works are so large and so breathtaking, they only fit in a place like our Festival Hall.
Guests also visit temporary, pop-up art exhibitions that few people will get to experience anywhere else. A perfect example is the 2017 limited tour of items relating to the career of The Rolling Stones.
No matter what they encounter here, public art will continue to be an important element of the new Navy Pier. Thank you for taking the time to discover and enjoy these works—and Navy Pier—in a new light!