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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

ExPIERience 2019

Navy Pier is committed to building on the success of our 2017 inaugural event, A Celebration ExPIERience, to fund even more free arts and cultural programming for Chicagoans and visitors alike in the years to come.

We hope you can join us for ExPIERience 19 to see the best of Navy Pier and all the tremendous changes—programmatic, physical, and organizational—that Navy Pier has undergone through the support of our generous partners. This year, we are delighted to honor PepsiCo for their nearly 25 years of partnership, as well as The Honorable Rahm Emanuel for his many years of public service and tireless advocacy for Chicago nonprofits.

Event Details

Location: Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Attire: After 5 Casual – Show off your Navy Blue at Navy Pier

To register for ExPIERience 2019, please complete the registration form below. 

Event Partners
Special thanks to the generous ExPIERience 19 in-kind event partners!

America’s Dog & Burger, Brown Sugar Bakery, Chicago Children’s Museum, FRÍO Gelato, Frost, Calumet River Fleeting, Jewell Events Catering, Kurtis Productions, Melrose Pyrotechnics, Miller Lite, Odyssey Cruises, Offshore Rooftop & Bar, Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels, PepsiCo Beverages, Riva Crabhouse, Show Services, The Spice House and Tiny Tavern.

A Celebration ExPIERience 2017 at Navy Pier

A Celebration ExPIERience 2017

This spectacular evening set the course for the Pier’s second century while showcasing the Pier’s dynamic, year-round free programming. The event honored the Polk Bros. Foundation for their legacy partnership and all proceeds directly supported the Pier’s free public programs available to more than 9 million annual guests.  

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Make a Donation

If you cannot attend but wish to make a contribution in support of Navy Pier programming, you may do so at the link below.

Host Committee

In formation


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation

Joan and Bill Brodsky

Michelle L. Collins

Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis

Mesirow Financial

Peoples Energy Community Fund


Shoreline Sightseeing

Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz

Donald R. Wilson, Jr. DRW Trading Group


Allstate Insurance Company

BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Cubs


The Canning Foundation

The Crown Family

Entertainment Cruises

Exelon Corporation

Fifth Third Bank

Sarah and John Garvey


GCM Grosvenor

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Mr. Bob Habeeb, Maverick Hotels & Restaurants

Brett Hart and Dontrey Britt-Hart

Richard and Martha Melman Foundation

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Polk Bros. Foundation

Sue and Tim Sullivan

Wintrust Community Banks

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