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November 7, 2017

A Celebration ExPIERience

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Aon Grand Ballroom

Navy Pier’s Celebration ExPIERience is unlike any other event at Navy Pier!

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

News Release: November 9, 2017

Navy Pier’s First-Ever Benefit Event, “A Celebration ExPIERience,” Sets Course for the Pier’s Second Century by Exceeding Fundraising Goals

Event surpasses goals, raising more than $1.7 million to support the Pier’s free public programs

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, held its first-ever fundraising event, “A Celebration ExPIERience,” securing more than $1.7 million in funds to directly support the Pier’s free public programming available to 9.3 million annual guests.

Co-chaired by Lisa and Jeffrey Aronin; Virginia and Norman Bobins; Joan and Bill Brodsky; and Yvonne and Devon Bruce; the event welcomed more than 600 guests to enjoy Chicago-inspired food and several captivating performances from locally-based artists. Seizing a one-of-kind experience that started upon arrival, guests rode trolleys to the Aon Grand Ballroom along the Pier’s famed South Dock, which included a docent-led tour and a private fireworks display. Custom built 360-degree projection and LED screens created a completely immersive, technological experience that brought the entire Pier to life inside the ballroom and featured the epic talent from Navy Pier’s programming roster of artists, including Jabowen Dixon; Bourné Family; Lowdown Brass Band; Alexa Grae; Katie Kadan; Yuri Lane; Reginald Robinson; and the 7-Jeff Award winning E. Faye Butler; Tony-nominated Felicia P. Fields; and world-class Artistic Director Josephine Lee.

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Photo Gallery: A Celebration ExPIERience

For photos from “A Celebration ExPIERience,” click here.

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